A Primer of Drug Action: A Concise Nontechnical Guide to the Actions, Uses, and Side Effects of Psychoactive Drugs, Revised and Updated / Edition 9
  • A Primer of Drug Action: A Concise Nontechnical Guide to the Actions, Uses, and Side Effects of Psychoactive Drugs, Revised and Updated / Edition 9
  • A Primer of Drug Action: A Concise Nontechnical Guide to the Actions, Uses, and Side Effects of Psychoactive Drugs, Revised and Updated / Edition 9

A Primer of Drug Action: A Concise Nontechnical Guide to the Actions, Uses, and Side Effects of Psychoactive Drugs, Revised and Updated / Edition 9

by Robert M. Julien
     
 

Since 1975, Robert Julien's A Primer of Drug Action has been the definitive guide to the effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and on behavior. Now fully updated, this popular guide continues to lead the way through a rapidly changing field, providing readers with a clear, contemporary, and objective look at every drug and medication that either

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Overview

Since 1975, Robert Julien's A Primer of Drug Action has been the definitive guide to the effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and on behavior. Now fully updated, this popular guide continues to lead the way through a rapidly changing field, providing readers with a clear, contemporary, and objective look at every drug and medication that either positively or adversely affects brain function. This edition includes important new information on
-Herbal medications
-Drug therapy for behavioral and anxiety disorders
-Clinical practice guidelines for treating psychological disorders
-Depression and the action of antidepressant drugs
-The use of newer anticonvulsants in the treatment of bipolar disorder, pain syndromes, and behavioral disorders
-Drug therapy for children, adolescents and the elderly
-"New generation" antipsychotic agents

Authoritative, comprehensive, and suitable for those with little background in biology, A Primer of Drug Action is an indispensable source of information for anyone interested in drug use, abuse, and education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805071580
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
1,324,153
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.14(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Classification of Psychoactive Drugs1
2Principles of Drug Action6
Pharmacokinetics: How Drugs Move through the Body
3Central Nervous System Depressants: Concepts and Traditional Agents51
General Concepts
Four Agents of Central Nervous System Depression
4Central Nervous System Depressants: Benzodiazepines, "Second Generation" Anxiolytics, and Antiepileptic Drugs74
Benzodiazepines
"Second Generation" Anxiolytics
Antiepileptic Drugs Used in Treating Psychological Disorders
5Central Nervous System Depressants: Alcohol101
6Psychostimulants: Cocaine and the Amphetamine124
Cocaine
Amphetamines and Related Drugs
7Psychostimulants: Caffeine and Nicotine158
Caffeine
Nicotine
8Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders: Drugs for Treating Major Depression186
9Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders: Drugs for Treating Bipolar Disorder216
10Analgesics: Narcotic and Nonnarcotic Drugs233
Opioid Analgesics
Nonnarcotic Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory Drugs
11Antipsychotic (Neuroleptic) and Antiparkinsonian Drugs269
Antipsychotic (Neuroleptic) Drugs
Antiparkinsonian Drugs
12Psychedelic Drugs: Mescaline, LSD, and Other "Mind Expanding" Hallucinogens301
13Marijuana: A Unique Sedative-Euphoriant-Psychedelic Drug330
14Fertility-Regulating Drugs and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids356
Pharmacological Regulation of Fertility
Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids
15Drugs and Society: Priorities and Alternatives386
Psychoactive Drugs as Behavioral Reinforcers
Drug Use and Abuse
16Integration of Drugs and Psychotherapy in Treating Mental Disorders415
Concept of Integrated Treatment
DSM-IV Classification of Mental Disorders
Integrated Treatment of Major Disorders
Appendix I Basic Anatomy of the Central Nervous System443
Appendix II Physiology of the Neuron452
Appendix III Synaptic Transmission, Neurotransmitters, and Information Transfer in the CNS464
Glossary489
Bibliography: A Basic Pharmacology Bookshelf498
Index499

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