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Drugs Acting on Central Nervous System

A meticulous course designed to give you an in-depth knowledge about the pharmacological properties of drugs acting on central nervous system.

Course Code 1_339
Category Undergraduate
Duration 15 hours 42 mins
Language English

Sample Lecture


About the Course

The overall central nervous system therapeutic drug market is estimated to value at $81.8 billion by 2015. The largest segment in this market is occupied by drugs used in psychiatry. It speaks volumes about the importance of the pharmacological agents that are used in the disorders of central nervous system.
In this course, we will be extensively dealing with drugs acting on the central nervous system like preanesthetic medications, sedative and hypnotics, effect of alcohol on brain, anti-epileptic drugs, anti-parkinsonism drugs, anti-depressives, anxiolytics, analgesics, drugs of potential addiction and abuse, drugs used in degenerative disorders like alzheimers, etc.

Target Audience

Medical students – Allopathy, Dental.

Alternative Medicine students – Homeopathy, Ayurveda.

Para/Allied medical students – Nursing, Physiotherapy, BSc Pharmacology.

Post graduate students – Neurology, General medicine, Family medicine, MD/MSc/PhD Pharmacology.

Course Delivery Format

This course is delivered entirely online. It consists of a series of comprehensive lectures by a professor in the subject, appropriately annotated with slides, animations and wherever necessary, interactive content. The delivery offers tremendous flexibility. You may pause a teacher while you refer to your textbooks (not includes) and to take notes. You may also rewind a segment to listen to the teacher again or you may skip a slide or two if you already know that bit. You may bookmark a segment that you wish to return to later, maybe to refresh just before your exams.  While the lessons in this course may be arranged in a particular order based on our curriculum, you have the flexibility to take them in order of your preference based on your personalized learning needs.


While this course is to help you learn the subject from an online faculty, it may help you in several ways even if you are already enrolled in some medical, dental or paramedical school. Many of our students felt that the format in which this course is delivered has helped them to cope up against the fast-paced lectures in actual class – it’s like having a TV remote in class to self-pace your teacher. Animations help understand concepts better by making concepts easy to understand… and difficult to forget.

S.No Topics Duration
1 Introduction to CNS 0:45:37
2 Neurolept Analgesia 0:16:40
3 Malignant Hyperthermia 0:36:09
4 Pre-Anesthetic Medication 0:53:28
5 General Anesthetics 1:55:24
6 Alcohols 0:45:47
7 Sedative-Hypnotics 0:57:05
8 Anti-Epileptic Drugs 1:23:28
9 Antiparkinsonian Drugs 00:55:06
10 Drugs Used in Mental Illness
a Anti-Psychotics 0:56:35
b Anti-Depressants 0:53:39
11 Opioid Analgesics and Antagonists 1:46:22
12 CNS Stimulants 0:46:56
13 Drugs of Abuse 0:55:51
14 Drug Therapy for Degenerative Disorders 1:00:53

Dr. Sandeep Kaushal
Associate professor
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital

Dr. S. Balakrishnan
Associate Professor
Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences,

Dr. B. M. Prakash
Professor and Head
J S S Medical College

Dr. Mohammed Younus Khan


start inverted Excellent course. Very student friendly. Gave me much more than a live lecturer in a real classroom.  end inverted


Pawan Modi

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa

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