Pharmacology is one of the most challenging subjects as it needs a lot of cramming. Students are often intimidated at task of learning numerous drugs as they often tend to forget what they learnt after sometime. However, selective and smart study approach is a key to prepare this subject in the nick of the time.

Through this blog you will be familiarized with how you need to prepare and what are the topics you should not miss in order to score well in pharmacology for MDS entrance exams.


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Tips to Prepare Pharmacology:

  1. First try to understand the mechanism of drug which will further help to quickly learn drugs and their effects.
  2. Learn drug prefixes and suffixes of generic names for easy memorization.
  3. Use flashcards which are most important for easy revision.
  4. Create easy mnemonics or illustrations for classifications.
  5. Review your class notes as there may be some important information regarding the drug that might be taught during the class.  

Also Read: Why Coaching Institute is NOT the key to NEET-MDS Success?

Following are the prominent topics you must prepare to ace pharmacology:



General Pharmacology

-Important Terms:

  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacovigilance

-Plasma half life

-First pass metabolism

-Factors governing volume distribution of a drug

-Plasma protein binding

Antimicrobial Drugs

Most Important:

  • Tetracyclines
  • Antitubercular Drugs and their Regimen

Other Important:

-Classification of Antibiotics


  • Classification
  • Indications
  • Adverse Effects





-Antiviral Drugs

-Antibiotic Resistance along with Resistance Mechanism

ANS and CNS Drugs

-Cholinergic Drugs

  • Cholinergic agonist
  • Anticholinestrases

-Anticholinergic Drugs

  • Classification
  • Uses
  • Atropine
  • Anticholinesterase poisoning
  • Organophosphate poisoning

-Adrenergic Drugs

  • Therapeutic Uses
  • Adverse effects
  • Contraindications

-Skeletal Muscle Relaxants

  • Classification
  • Uses

-Sedative: Hypnotics


  • Mechanism of Action
  • Pharmacological Actions

-Local Anesthetics

  • Classification
  • Uses

-General Anesthetics

  • Classification
  • Stages of Anesthesia
  • Indications
  • Adverse Effects




  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprufen

-Drug interactions with NSAIDS

-Drug therapy for Migraine

-Opioid Analgesics

  • Classification
  • Uses
  • Adverse Effects
  • Morphine

Blood and Endocrinal Drugs

-Coagulants and Anticoagulants

-Antiplatelet Drugs


-Antidiabetic Drugs

  • Insulin
  • Oral Hypoglycemic Drugs: Classification and indications


Drugs Acting on CVS, GIT and Respiratory Systems

-Antihypertensive Drugs

  • Classification
  • Indications
  • Contraindications
  • Adverse Effects


-Drugs used for Peptic Ulcer

-Anti- Emetics

-Anti-Diarrhoeal Agents

Drugs Acting on Kidney


  • Classification
  • Site of Action
  • Mechanism of Action
  • Indication
  • Adverse Effects


Dental Pharmacology


-Mummifying Agents


-Drugs causing Xerostomia


Also Read: How to Prepare Physiology for MDS Entrance Exams

Reference BOOK for Pharmacology:

  • KD Tripathi - Essentials Of Medical Pharmacology


“Don’t expect success, prepare for it.”

We hope this blog will assist you in meticulous preparation for pharmacology to succeed in MDS entrance exams.


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