Receptors, adrenergic and cholenergic

  1. Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone had some good resources for receptors (alpha Beta, Muscarinic and nicotinic)
    How can I remember all these? Where they act as well as how they act when they are stimulated or blocked? Any hints would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Colleen
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  3. by   GingerSue
    Clinical Drug Therapy by Anne Collins Abrams has a good description of the adrenergic and cholinergic receptors in the chapter "Physiology of the Autonomic Nervous System" and later in the chapter "Adrenergic Drugs."
  4. by   Daytonite
    hi, colleen!

    i don't know how you can find this. i recently had to take pharmacology again as a component of another class and field i have been studying. there were some very nice drawings in the book that illustrated how these different receptors worked at the nerve endings that made it very clear. you know, a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say here.

    i do have these two resources that you can check out:
    i will tell you that the section of drugs that you are looking at now and trying to fathom are difficult to understand. what i ended up doing was making a sheet on each category and listing it's actions and side effects. when reduced to tables or lists that you can put side by side the differences become more apparent. not only that, but the antagonists of these drugs have the same actions as their opposite category which makes it all very confusing. make flashcards and memorize. this is just one of those subjects that you have to resort to rote memorization.

    welcome to allnurses!

    just adding a few websites i was able to find that might be helpful. there may be more extensive information on these sites if you explore them:
    Last edit by Daytonite on May 27, '07
  5. by   col3
    Thankyou both very much.
    I have just finished a nightshift but have saved the links to faves after having a quick looksy. Take care,
    Colleen
  6. by   angelinab
    I know the nursing made easy books help, or those little pocket sized books on related topics will often have pictures to help people better understand and memorize key pts.

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