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any chemical used for therapeutic application for treating an illness, symptom, or for diagnostic testing.
how the body processes drugs, what the body does to the drug
absorption-movement of a drug from it's sit eof administration into the blood
distribution-movement of a drug from the blood into the tissues
metabolism-chemical alteration of the dug in the body
excretion-removal of waste products of drug metabolism from the body
Medication adminstered routes
enterally-directly into GI system by oral, rectal, or nasogastric tube
parenterally-intradermal or subcutaneous, IM, or IV (inections_
percutaneouly by inhalaing, sublingually, transdermally or topically.
factors that cause variation in absorbtion rate
incorrect administration, ph, absence or presence of food in stomach, fat or lipid solubility, length of contact, inhalation factors, drug concentration
steps used to process drugs
absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion. dependent of age, mental state, route of admin, gener and phy condition of the patient.
produces inflammation at site application (Efudex irritates skin for destructin of a lesion)
imply problems or symptoms more severe than side effects, undesirable and unpredicable
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