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Cardiovascular Pharmacology Concepts

Richard E. Klabunde, PhD

Clinical Disorders:

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Drug Mechanism Classes

There are different ways to group or classify drugs. One way is by grouping drugs based on their therapeutic use or class, such as antiarrhythmic or diuretic drugs. A second way to group drugs is by their dominant mechanism of action. Because many drugs have multiple mechanisms of action, it is sometimes difficult to agree on how to classify a particular drug. The following list attempts to classify drugs based on their dominant mechanism of action, or by the mechanism that is the most therapeutically relevant for cardiovascular disease. Clicking on the drug class will open a new window providing detailed information on that class and links to specific drugs.

Revised 03/03/2023

DISCLAIMER: These materials are for educational purposes only, and are not a source of medical decision-making advice.