Drugs and the endocrine system
The endocrine system consists of glands, which are specialized cell clusters, and hormones, the chemical transmitters secreted by the glands in response to stimulation.
Together with the central nervous system, the endocrine sys-tem regulates and integrates the body’s metabolic activities and maintains homeostasis (the body’s internal equilibrium). The drug classes that treat endocrine system disorders in-clude:
· natural hormones and their synthetic analogues
· hormonelike substances
· drugs that stimulate or suppress hormone secretion.