neuropharmocolgy-mainly to do with chemistry?

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is neuropharmacology heavily based on chemistry?
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is neuropharmacology heavily based on chemistry?
I would say it depends on how much depth you are going into. I did a neuropharmacology unit during my neuroscience degree and most of it was just pharmacology (not too much intricate chemistry, just how the drug works i.e. its mechanism of action) but in a neuro context e.g. anaesthesia, anti-epileptics, anxiolytics, sedatives, opioids, and also some psychopharmacology e.g. antidepressants, antipsychotics. If it involves drug design elements, there will be a bit more chemistry involved. For example, we did look at the synthetic design of NMDAR antagonists, but we covered it on a very superficial level so didn't have to know too much about the structures, but more the principles of altering structures of drugs/molecules to improve their affinity and/or potency for a specified receptor subtype.
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