Pain and Analgesics


Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2023-2024

Course director

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 10 hours

practices: 0 hours

seminars: 0 hours

total of: 10 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OPE-FAJ-T
  • 1 kredit
  • Pharmacy
  • Elective modul
  • spring

OPG-D1E-T completed

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 50


The aim of the course is to give an integrative overview on the physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological aspects of pain. Major tasks are to (i) provide information on peripheral and central mechanisms of pain and hyperalgesia; (ii) describe the major features of existing analgesics including opioids, non-steroidal antiinflammatory agents and adjuvant analgesics; (iii) outline novel targets for development of analgesic drugs. The course will also help students prepare for the exams in Pharmacology 2 and 3.


  • 1. Basic terms related to pain and nociceptors - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 2. Features of capsaicin-sensitive nociceptors - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 3. Peripheral mechanisms of hyperalgesia - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 4. Central mechanisms of hyperalgesia and allodynia - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 5. Features of neuropathic pain - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 6. Pharmacology of opioid analgesics - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 7. Pharmacology of non-steroidal antiinflammatory analgesic drugs - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 8. Adjuvant analgesics - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 9. New targets for development of analgesics I - Dr. Pethő Gábor István
  • 10. New targets for development of analgesics II - Dr. Pethő Gábor István



Reading material

Obligatory literature


Literature developed by the Department

The material of the lectures is available in PDF format in the Neptun.



Recommended literature


Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 25 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

After the last lecture of the course, a written test is taken in the instruction period to obtain a mid-semester grade. Those who fail or do not write this test have a second chance until end of Week 12 of the instruction period to improve in form of an oral conversation. Upon failing or missing there is one more oral chance to obtain a mid-semester grade during the first two weeks of the exam period.

Making up for missed classes

There is no way to make up for missed lectures.

Exam topics/questions

No exam questions are given. The essay questions of the written exam are based on the material presented.


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars