Methotrexate Pharmacology

On this episode of the Real Life Pharmacology Podcast, I cover the pharmacology of methotrexate.

Methotrexate has a few different indications. It can be used for treatment of cancer. These doses are typically going to be much higher than standard low doses for other conditions.

Lower dose methotrexate is often used for autoimmune type conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

Folic acid should be supplemented with use of methotrexate to help reduce the risk of adverse effects.

Liver toxicity and immune system suppression are two important factors to monitor in a patient taking chronic methotrexate.

I also talk about important cumulative drug interactions with methotrexate such as immunosuppressives and other agents that may impact liver function.

Be sure to listen to the end as I talk about the potential impact of methotrexate on some vaccines!

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Cyclobenzaprine Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss cyclobenzaprine pharmacology. Cyclobenzaprine is an older skeletal muscle relaxant.

Cyclobenzaprine can have a significant number of anticholinergic side effects.

The anticholinergic side effects of cyclobenzaprine can include sedation, dry eyes, dry mouth, urinary retention, and confusion.

Cyclobenzaprine is not well tolerated in the elderly and cause more problems in that patient population.

Cyclobenzaprine has a similar structure to the Tricyclic antidepressants.

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Fentanyl Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss fentanyl pharmacology.

I address important considerations that you must remember with fentanyl patches.

Those considerations include how pharmacokinetics can impact our patients.

I also break down common side effects of opioids as well as potential common drug interactions.

Drug diversion and illicit use is an important consideration when using fentanyl.  I also touch on this topic.

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Allopurinol Pharmacology

I break down the mechanism of action, side effects, and important drug interactions you need to know. I give you a sense of what things you might actually encounter in practice when working with patients who take allopurinol.

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I hope you enjoy this episode the pharmacology of allopurinol!

Carbidopa/Levodopa Pharmacology RLP Episode 031

On today’s episode, I talk about the pharmacology of carbidopa/levodopa.  We cover drug interactions, adverse effects, mechanism of action and why is this drug dose so frequently? Hope you enjoy the show and take advantage of our FREE giveaway, simply for following the show!

Gabapentin and Pregabalin Pharmacology Episode 28

On today’s episode, I breakdown the pharmacology of gabapentin and pregabalin and what you will see in clinical practice.  These drugs are most often utilized for pain syndromes.  I cover adverse effects, drug interactions, drug/disease interactions, mechanism of action in this episode.

Phenytoin RLP Episode 020

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Dopamine Agonists – RLP Episode 018

On today’s episode I talk about the dopamine agonists and their role in Parkinson’s as well as RLS.  I cover adverse effects, mechanism of action and drug interactions amongst other things! Enjoy!

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