Benzodiazepine Pharmacology

Benzodiazepines act by enhancing the effect of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter.

Benzodiazepines can cause confusion, sedation, and respiratory depression.

There are many potential indications for benzodiazepines. They can be used in anxiety, status epilepticus, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal amongst other things.

There is a boxed warning for the use of opioids with benzodiazepines. The primary risk of the combination is respiratory depression.

Lithium Pharmacology

Lithium is a drug that has a ton of clinical pearls.  On this episode, I talk about the pharmacology, side effects, drug interactions, and critical practice pearls.

Kidney function is very important to monitor in our patients taking lithium.  Lithium can accumulate in renal impairment.

Thyroid function can be altered by lithium.  Be sure to regularly monitor TSH in a patient on chronic lithium.

Over-the-counter NSAID can interact and raise lithium levels.  This is something you need to watch out for as patients can begin taking these medications on their own without supervision.

Be sure to assess lithium levels.  Signs of toxicity can include GI upset, tremor, motor movement issues, sedation, and CNS changes.

Bupropion Pharmacology – Real Life Pharmacology

In this episode I discuss bupropion pharmacology.  I cover the mechanism of action, side effects, and some relevant drug interactions.

Important information in this episode includes:

  • Possible indications for bupropion like depression and smoking cessation
  • Risk of lowering seizure threshold
  • Inhibition of CYP2D6
  • Dosage form considerations
  • Pearls for onset of bupropion’s action

Mirtazapine Pharmacology

On this episode, I cover mirtazapine pharmacology.

We will review how mirtazapine works in the body and how those cause adverse effects and benefit out patient.

I will also look at the side effect profile and why mirtazapine may be harmful or helpful in our patients.

We cover drug interactions for mirtazapine in the podcast as well.

Mirtazapine is an antidepressant and I mention discontinuation syndrome as well as what I see as being done when converting a patient from one antidepressant to another.

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Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors Pharmacology

The Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors are a class of medication used for various mental health disorder and pain syndromes.  I talk about the pharmacology of the SNRI’s and how it relates to their adverse effect profile.  The pharmacology of SNRI’s also plays an important role in why they are efficacious for treatment of pain compared to the SSRI’s.  In addition to the adverse effects, I will outline some common drug interactions and which medications might be affected by the SNRI’s. Enjoy the episode and I hope you pick up some clinical practice pearls with the SNRI’s!  Don’t forget to take advantage of our free giveaway as well, nearly 1,000 healthcare professionals and students have already done so!

Tricyclic Antidepressant Pharmacology

The TCA’s are one of the older antidepressant type medications that can be used for a whole host of reasons.  They are not without potential concerns however.  I cover the MOA, drug interactions, side effects and clinical practice pearls of the tricyclic antidepressants in this episode.

Atypical Antipsychotics (2nd Generation) RLP Episode 015

On this episode, I talk about the side effect profile of antipsychotics as well as how the mechanism of action plays into those adverse effects.  Hope you enjoy the episode!

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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors – RLP Episode 013

On this episode, I breakdown the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.  They are the first line medication often used in the management of depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health disorders.  I talk about drug interactions and the subtle differences between the agents.  Hope you enjoy the episode!

All subscribers to the website/podcast will get access to a FREE Top 200 Drug Study Guide where I highlight the 3 most highly testable pearls from each medication (this is a 31 page PDF!)  In addition, you’ll get a free 100 question pharmacology test.  Both resources are free, simply for following the podcast!  What are you waiting for? Click Here to Subscribe