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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robin Shapiro, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book reviews most drugs used in child and adolescent psychopharmacology, providing guidelines for selecting and administering medications to children. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The information is very clinically useful and the book fulfills the author's intention to provide a concise guide to prescribing for children.
Audience: This book is intended for prescribing clinicians treating mental illness in children and nonprescribing mental health professionals to use as a reference. It is divided into two parts, the first a thorough review of general prescribing principles related to children and the second information on medication groups and specific drugs.
Features: A broad overview includes physiological considerations, informed consent, administering, baseline assessments, as well as treatment algorithms, drug interactions, side effects, and administering guidelines. The author covers black box warnings, FDA indications, applicable landmark studies, pharmacokinetics, contraindications, and interactions. A section of "reports of interest" in each chapter covers a few relevant published studies related to each drug.
Assessment: The book is unique in that it displays the approved FDA indications and black box warnings readily so it is clear what is indicated versus off label. It is easy to read and provides a plethora of information. It also focuses on safety issues regarding medications and provides studies that a clinician can refer to if more information on a specific topic is desired. This fourth edition contains the most up-to-date FDA approvals, warnings, and indications.