The intermolecular interaction energy between a drug and a protein controls how quickly and how strongly it can bind. Chemists describe these processes as "kinetics" and "equilibrium" properties. In this chapter, we'll discuss basic aspects of these concepts using qualitative energy diagrams.
- 10.4: Pharmacology as an Equilibrium and Kinetics Problem
- Pharmacology (Gr. pharmakon - a drug or poison, logos - word or discourse) is the science dealing with actions of drugs on the body (pharmacodynamics) and the fate of drugs in the body (pharmacokinetics). It overlaps with pharmacy, the science of preparation of drugs; much of it deals with therapeutics, the treatment of disease (by whatever means). Toxicology is the branch of pharmacology dealing with the "undesirable" effects of drugs on biological processes.