General Questions and Answers about Drugs

Example of short answer questions

1 .What is the therapeutic range of a drug?

2. Describe the term drug half life.

3. Can you describe the term concordance?

4. Describe the difference between an agonist and an antagonist drug

5. When monitoring adverse reactions yellow card reporting is used to?

Answer Q1.
The Therapeutic range is the range of drug levels within which most patients will experience significant therapeutic effect without an undesirable degree of adverse reactions. The ranges quoted should be used as a guide only because individual patients may have differences in drug distribution or transport which alter drug availability at the receptor.

Answer Q2.
The duration of action of a drug is known as its half life. This is the period of time required for the concentration or amount of drug in the body to be reduced by one-half. We usually consider the half life of a drug in relation to the amount of the drug in plasma. A drug’s plasma half-life depends on how quickly the drug is eliminated from the plasma.

Answer Q3.
a medical context refers to a patient both agreeing to and then undergoing some part of their treatment program as advised by their doctor or other healthcare worker. Most commonly it is whether a patient takes their medication, but may also apply to use of surgical appliances (e.g. compression stockings), chronic wound care, self-directed physiotherapy exercises, or attending for a course of therapy (e.g. counselling).

A patient may or may not accurately report back to their healthcare workers whether they have been compliant because of possible embarrassment, fear of being chastised or for seeming to be ungrateful for their doctor’s care.

Answer Q4. An agonist is drug that has an affinity for a receptor and once bound to that receptor causes a specific response. An antagonist is a drug which has an affinity for a receptor but does not cause a specific response.

Answer Q5. to report all suspected adverse drug reactions to new drugs and any serious reaction to all drugs.

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