Chapter 8. Basic Pharmacology of Common Medications

  1. Philip Jevon RN, BSc(Hons), PGCE Resuscitation Officer Clinical Skills Lead Honorary Clinical Lecturer1,2,
  2. Elizabeth Payne BSc(Hons), MSc, MRPharmS Deputy Director3,
  3. Dan Higgins RGN, ENB 100, ENB 998 Senior Charge Nurse Critical Care Consultant Honorary Lecturer Visiting Clinical Lecturer2,4,5 and
  4. Ruth Endacott RN, DipN(Lond), MA, PhD Professor6,7
  1. Gareth Walters BSc(Hons), MBChB, MRCP(UK), MRCP(London), AHEA, MInstLM, LCGI Specialist Registrar Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Published Online: 10 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319750.ch8

Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses

Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses

How to Cite

Walters, G. (2010) Basic Pharmacology of Common Medications, in Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses (eds P. Jevon, E. Payne, D. Higgins and R. Endacott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319750.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Manor Hospital Walsall, UK

  2. 2

    University of Birmingham, UK

  3. 3

    Education, Training and Staff Performance, Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

  4. 4

    University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK

  5. 5

    Resuscitation Services UK

  6. 6

    University of Plymouth, UK

  7. 7

    La Trobe University, Australia

Author Information

  1. University of Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181631

Online ISBN: 9781444319750



  • basic pharmacology of common medications;
  • British National Formulary (BNF);
  • cardiac output (CO) and total peripheral vascular resistance (TPR);
  • cardiac arrhythmias-in heartbeat from normal ‘sinus rhythm’ of heart;
  • angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors;
  • anti-arrhythmic drugs in clinical usage;
  • tetracycline drugs-bacteriostatic inhibiting protein synthesis;
  • tetracyclines as first-line treatment against H.influenzae;
  • pain, subjective sensation of painful (nociceptive) stimulus;
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Medications Commonly used in Cardiovascular Disease

  • Medications Acting on the Kidneys

  • Medications Commonly used to Treat Infections

  • Medications Commonly used to Treat Pain and Inflammation

  • Conclusion

  • References

  • Further Reading