Blood Brain Barrier

1.  Describe the blood brain barrier

2.  Describe the pathophysiology of parkinson’s disease

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3.  Describe the mechanism of action of the dopaminergic medications to treat parkinson’s.  How do these medications reduce symptoms? Is there a cure for parkinson’s

4.  Describe the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s Disease

5.  Describe the mechanism of action of the drugs for cognitive impairment (page 193).  How do these medications achieve a therapeutic effect in Alzheimer’s disease.

6.  Describe the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis

7.  Describe the mechanism of action of the disease modifying drugs used to treat MS

8.  Discuss 3 major nursing implications to medication used to treat MS and how these would be attended to

9.  Describe the 5 ways in which antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) work to reduce seizures

10.  Discuss two teaching points for a patient that is starting phenytoin

11.  How do centrally acting muscle relaxants work to relieve spasticity?

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