KD Tripathi Pharmacology PDF Download | KDT | Latest Edition

Pharmacology is one of the subjects in the Second Year of MBBS and this is where we need help. KDT deals with the rational and scientific basis of therapeutics.

KD Tripathi Pharmacology PDF latest edition (7th and 8th) is one of the books most widely considered in the Second year. Below are the download links for the same.

Update: We have revised the URLs and generated new ones for 2023.

KD Tripathi Pharmacology PDF Book

The 7th and 8th edition of KDT has 14 sections and these are listed below:

Section 1- General Pharmacological Principles

  1. Introduction, Routes of Drug Administration
  2. Pharmacokinetics: Membrane Transport, Absorption, and Distribution of Drugs
  3. Pharmacokinetics: Metabolism and Excretion of Drugs, Kinetics of Elimination
  4. Pharmacodynamics: Mechanism of Drug Action; Receptor Pharmacology
  5. Aspects of Pharmacotherapy, Clinical Pharmacology, and Drug Development
  6. Adverse Drug Effects

Section 2- Drugs Acting on Autonomic Nervous System

  1. Chapters
    • a. Autonomic Nervous System: General Considerations
    • b. Cholinergic System and Drugs
  2. Anticholinergic Drugs and Drugs Acting on Autonomic Ganglia
  3. Adrenergic System and Drugs
  4. Antiadrenergic Drugs (Adrenergic Receptor Antagonists) and
    Drugs for Glaucoma

Section 3- Autacoids and Related Drugs

Section 3 of KD Tripathi Pharmacology PDF contains:

  1. Histamine and Antihistaminics
  2. 5-Hydroxytryptamine, its Antagonists and Drug Therapy of Migraine
  3. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes (Eicosanoids), and Platelet Activating Factor
  4. Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs and Antipyretic-Analgesics
  5. Antirheumatoid and Antigout Drugs

Section 4- Respiratory System Drugs

  1. Drugs for Cough and Bronchial Asthma

Section 5- Hormones and Related Drugs

  1. Chapters
    • a. Introduction
    • b. Anterior Pituitary Hormones
  2. Thyroid Hormone and Thyroid Inhibitors
  3. Insulin, Oral Hypoglycaemic Drugs, and Glucagon
  4. Corticosteroids
  5. Androgens and Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction
  6. Estrogens, Progestins, and Contraceptives
  7. Oxytocin and Other Drugs Acting on Uterus
  8. Drugs Affecting Calcium Balance

Section 6- Drugs Acting on the Peripheral (Somatic) Nervous System

  1. Skeletal Muscle Relaxants
  2. Local Anaesthetics

Section 7- Drugs Acting on Central Nervous System

  1. General Anaesthetics
  2. Ethyl and Methyl Alcohols
  3. Sedative-Hypnotics
  4. Antiepileptic Drugs
  5. Antiparkinsonian Drugs
  6. Drugs Used in Mental Illness: Antipsychotic and Antimanic Drugs
  7. Drugs Used in Mental Illness: Antidepressant and Antianxiety Drugs
  8. Opioid Analgesics and Antagonists
  9. CNS Stimulants and Cognition Enhancers

Section 8- Cardiovascular Drugs

  1. Chapters
    • a. Cardiac Electrophysiological Considerations
    • b. Drugs Affecting Renin-Angiotensin System and Plasma Kinins
  2. Cardiac Glycosides and Drugs for Heart Failure
  3. Antiarrhythmic Drugs
  4. Antianginal and Other Anti-ischaemic Drugs
  5. Antihypertensive Drugs

Section 9- Drugs Acting on Kidney

  1. Chapters
    • a. Relevant Physiology of Urine Formation
    • b. Diuretics
  2. Antidiuretics

Section 10- Drugs Affecting Blood and Blood Formation

  1. Haematinics and Erythropoietin
  2. Drugs Affecting Coagulation, Bleeding and Thrombosis
  3. Hypolipidaemic Drugs and Plasma Expander

Section 11- Gastrointestinal Drugs

  1. Drugs for Peptic Ulcer and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  2. Antiemetic, Prokinetic and Digestant Drugs
  3. Drugs for Constipation and Diarrhoea

Section 12- Antimicrobial Drugs

  1. Antimicrobial Drugs: General Considerations
  2. Sulfonamides, Cotrimoxazole and Quinolones
  3. Beta-Lactam Antibiotics
  4. Tetracyclines and Chloramphenicol (Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics)
  5. Aminoglycoside Antibiotics
  6. Macrolide, Lincosamide, Glycopeptide and Other Antibacterial Antibiotics;
    Urinary Antiseptics
  7. Antitubercular Drugs
  8. Antileprotic Drugs
  9. Antifungal Drugs
  10. Antiviral Drugs
  11. Antimalarial Drugs
  12. Antiamoebic and Other Antiprotozoal Drugs
  13. Anthelmintic Drugs

Section 13- Chemotherapy of Neoplastic Diseases

  1. Anticancer Drugs

Section 14- Miscellaneous Drugs

  1. Immunosuppressant Drugs
  2. Drugs Acting on Skin and Mucous Membranes
  3. Antiseptics, Disinfectants and Ectoparasiticides
  4. Chelating Agents
  5. Vitamins
  6. Vaccines and Sera
  7. Drug Interactions


  • Appendix 1: Solution to Problem Directed Study
  • Appendix 2: List of Essential Medicines
  • Appendix 3: Prescribing in Pregnancy
  • Appendix 4: Drugs in Breastfeeding
  • Appendix 5: Drugs and Fixed Dose Combinations Banned in India (updated till Dec. 2012)
  • Selected References for Further Reading
  • Index


With some weird diagrams, KD Tripathi Pharmacology PDF 8th Edition PDF still manages to explain the mechanism of drug action with flowcharts and images.

The book has over 1020 pages with 69 chapters in the book including an index and list of abbreviations. The four appendixes are:

  1. Appendix 1: List of Essential Medicines
  2. Appendix 2: Prescribing in Pregnancy
  3. Appendix 3: Drugs in Breastfeeding
  4. Appendix 4: Drugs and Fixed Dose Combinations Banned in India

Suggestions to those studying pharmacology in the Second year of MBBS are as follows:

  1. Try to read this article- How to study Pharmacology in Second Year MBBS.
  2. Most of the pharmacology is mugging up, you will end up making several mnemonics for them. But do not miss important topics, including the drugs for cardiology, antibiotics, etc.
  3. Do not miss Emergency medicine drugs.
  4. If you need to pass alone, it is often a good idea to check out Tara V Shanbagh’s book.
  5. Make concise notes, especially last-minute revision notes that help you a few days before the exam.

KD Tripathi Pharmacology PDF Latest Edition Download

Below are the download links for the latest edition for 2022. We have provided the 7th and 8th editions of KDT. Further updates on the 9th and 10th editions will be available soon.

Check out our other Pharmacology books while studying from KD Tripathi Pharmacology PDF in second year MBBS:

8th Edition

BookEssentials of Medical Pharmacology
AuthorKD Tripathi
File Size99.7MB
File TypePDF
Link TypeGoogle Drive
Number of Pages1081
Last Updated03/01/2022

7th Edition

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