INTRODUCTION to Pharmacology. What is pharmacology?. It is the study of the actions, mechanisms, uses, and adverse effects of drugs A Drug is any natural or synthetic substance that alter the physiologic state of a living organism. Drugs are divided into:. Medicinal drugs:
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These are used in the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of disease
These are used for purposes other than treatment e.g. illegal mood- altering substances such as cannabis, heroin and cocaine
Factors that are used to classify drugs: