Top 20 Prescribed Drugs: Adverse Reactions, Drug Interactions and Dental Treatment

Presented by: Dr. Aviv Ouanounou

RCDSO Expiry Date: June 30, 2024

To qualify as a Core Category 1 course, the course certificate must be issued no later than this date.

RCDSO CE Points: 6, Category 1

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  • Dr. Aviv Ouanounou BSc, MSc, DDS, FICO

    Assistant Professor,
    Dept. of Clinical Sciences (Pharmacology)
    University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry

    Dr. Aviv Ouanounou is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He received both his DDS and MSc at the University of Toronto. He teaches pharmacology to undergraduate and graduate students and is also a clinical instructor and Treatment Plan Coordinator. Dr. Ouanounou won several teaching awards including “Best Teacher of the Year Award” in 2013 and 2015. Also, Dr. Ouanounou is the recipient of the 2014-2015 prestigious Dr. Bruce Hord Master Teacher Award for excellence in teaching at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He also maintains a general private practice in Toronto.

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Alternate title: The 20 Most Prescribed Drugs: What Do You Need to Know?

Pharmacology is the study of Drugs and their effects on the human body.  Chronic medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, endocrine disorders and neurological conditions are very prevalent worldwide.   In this course we will discuss the top 20 prescribed drugs in North America. We will review the pharmacological actions of these drugs, any reported adverse reactions and drug interactions associated with their use.  We will review the effects of these medications on the oral cavity and any needed dental modifications for these patients.  Specific emphasis will be given to the effects and interactions of these commonly prescribed drugs with those often given by dentists namely, local anaesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics and antifungals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the top 20 prescribed drugs.
  2. Recognize the indications and contraindications of these commonly prescribed drugs.
  3. Discuss the mechanism of action, adverse reactions and drug interactions of the most commonly prescribed medications.
  4. Discuss the top 20 prescribed drugs and their interactions with dental treatment and commonly prescribed dental drugs.