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Important topics in Pharmacology

May 22, 2017

Important topics in pharmacology
Many students come up to us with queries about what to study and what not to study in Pharmacology for PG entrance examination. Pharmacology is a very diverse as well as very scoring subject, to get your desired PG seat you should have a good command on this subject and no topic should be left completely. However, there are some mandatory topics that must be revised in the final few days. The table below comprise of the list of all the “Must Know” and “Desirable to Know” topics you must go through before the exam.


GENERAL pH, pKa, ionization Bioavailability First pass metabolism Vd PPB Prodrugs CYP substrates, inducers, inhibitors Metabolic reactions Formulas First and zero order kinetics TDM Receptors types and examples DRC Pharmacogenetics Clinical trials Drug labels Orphan drugs Essential drugs Enzyme inhibition (competitive, non-competitive and uncompetitive) Types of antagonists Pharmacovigilance Evidence based medicine
ANS AChE inhibitors OP Poisoning Sympathetic receptors location Catecholamines table Beta blockers Anticholinergics Alpha blockers Glaucoma Rabbit practicals
AUTACOIDS Antihistaminics PCM and aspirin poisoning DMARDs Gout Migraine PG actions Other NSAIDs
CVS Digoxin New drugs for CHF Drugs decreasing mortality in CHF JNC 8 guidelines for hypertension New antianginal drugs Statins Pulmonary hypertension Antiarrhythmics New hypolipidemic drugs
KIDNEY K sparing diuretics - Free water clearance Vasopressin antagonists
ENDOCRINE Somatostatin GnRH agonist and antagonist New antidiabetic drugs Osteoporosis SERM OCPs Mifepristone Antithyroid drugs Oral hypoglycemic agents Adverse effect of steroids SPRM Anti-androgens
CNS Short acting BZD Parkinsonism Multiple sclerosis Antiepileptic drugs Antipsychotic names and adverse effects SSRI and SNRI TCA poisoning Lithium and mania Newer hypnotic drugs MAO inhibitors Opioids
ANAESTHESIA Local anaesthetics mechanism and special points SCh and NDMRs MAC and Bld gas partition coefficient Colour coding of cylinders Pin index system Xenon Halothane Ketamine Spinal anaesthesia Neurolept analgesia
HEMATOLOGY Anticoagulants specially new Antiplatelets Fibrinolytics Iron deficiency anemia Growth factors
RESPIRATORY Bronchodilators DOC for different asthma types Theophylline
GIT Peptic ulcer Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis Metaclopramide, domperidone IBS
ANTIMICROBIALS Important points (Review of Pharmacology 11th edition/page:380-382) Tuberculosis with RNTCP Malaria Mechanism of drug resistance Beta lactams Aminoglycosides Fluoroquinolones HIV Hepatitis C Tetracyclines Macrolides Cotrimoxazole Leprosy Antifungal
ANTICANCER CCS and Non-specific drugs General and specific adverse effects of anticancer drugs (Specially chemo-man cartoon) Monoclonal antibodies Tyrosine kinase inhibitors Newer anticancer drugs -
IMMUNOLOGY Cyclosporine Tacrolimus Monoclonal antibodies Thalidomide -
SPECIAL TOPICS New drugs approved in last 12 months (uses only) Anti-obesity drugs Erectile dysfunction Anti-smoking drugs Treatment of HIT Treatment of hyperkalemia -
Also read: How to prepare for NEET PG in 6 months First, prepare these above mentioned topics properly and then if time permits go for other topics as well. Also, if you want to study and revise the entire NEET-PG syllabus in offline mode, classroom environment, then you can consider enrolling for Neuros by PrepLadder. It is an offline Revision Bootcamp wherein India's top 19 Medical faculty will come together to help you revise all the subjects in just 185 hours in 21 days. Refer to the website for more details. In addition to that, we have also prepares a list of high-yield topics for other important subjects that you must go through once before the exam. You can find the same listed in the table below:
High-Yield Topics for Pharmacology High-Yield Topics or Radiology
High-Yield Topics for Pediatrics High-Yield Topics for Surgery
High-Yield Topics for Ophthalmology High-Yield Topics for Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
High-Yield Topics for PSM  
Hope this blog will help you in your preparation. Make sure to revise these topics by heart few days before your exam and also work on MCQs from our QBank Next Edition, which features high-yield questions as per the latest exam pattern. Give Your Best. Good Luck!!! More Updates Will Follow. Stay tuned to PrepLadder.
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