Adrenergic agent

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Adrenergic agents are "drugs that act on adrenergic receptors or affect the life cycle of adrenergic transmitters. Included here are adrenergic agonists and antagonists and agents that affect the synthesis, storage, uptake, metabolism, or release of adrenergic transmitters."[1]

Classification

Adrenergic agonists

Adrenergic agonists are "drugs that bind to and activate adrenergic receptors."[2]

Adrenergic antagonists

Adrenergic alpha-antagonists

For more information, see: Adrenergic alpha-antagonist.

Adrenergic beta-antagonists

For more information, see: Adrenergic beta-antagonist.


Adrenergic uptake inhibitors

Adrenergic uptake inhibitors are "drugs that block the transport of adrenergic transmitters into axon terminals or into storage vesicles within terminals. The tricyclic antidepressants (tricyclic antidepressive agents) and amphetamines are among the therapeutically important drugs that may act via inhibition of adrenergic transport. Many of these drugs also block transport of serotonin."[3] These drugs target catecholamine plasma membrane transport proteins.

References

  1. Anonymous (2015), Adrenergic agent (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. Anonymous (2015), Adrenergic agonists (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  3. Anonymous (2015), Adrenergic uptake inhibitors (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.