Clinical Toxicology of Pharmaceuticals

Course code EPID6620Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Teaches the practical clinical assessment and management of poisoning from common or important pharmaceutical agents. This includes an understanding of the underlying mechanisms of toxicity and the psycho-social precipitants for self poisoning.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesTo give students a clear understanding of common and toxicologically important pharmaceutical poisonings. In doing so, the course will cover a number of treatment modalities that are common to many poisonings. To incorporate innovative interactive and electronic based teaching materials based around clinical problems.
ContentTopics covered include approach to poisoning, poisoning from ACE Inhibitors, Amiodarone, Antiarrhythmics (Type 1c), Anticholinergics, Anticonvulsants (carbamazepine, phenytoin, valproate), Antihistamines (sedating, non-sedating), Antimalarials (chloroquine), Antipsychotics (traditional and atypical), Benzodiazepines, Beta blockers, Biguanides, Bupropion, Calcium channel blockers, Cardiac glycosides, Clonidine, Colchicine, Coumarin anticoagulants, Ergot alkaloids, Insulins, Iron, Lithium, Methylxanthines (theophylline), Monoamineoxidase inhibitors, NSAIDs, Opioids, Oral hypoglycaemics, Paracetamol (acetaminophen), Quinine and related drugs, Salicylates, SSRIs, Sulphonylureas, Tricyclic antidepressants, Venlafaxine and other atypical antipsychotics.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Blackboard discussion
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term