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Widely regarded as the best practical guide on the market, the Clinical Handbook presents readers with reliable, easy-to-find, state-of-the-art information. With its spiral-bound horizontal page format, succinct, bulleted outline information, clearly laid out comparison charts and tables, and comprehensive index of generic and trade names - all the latest scientific data, clinical guidelines, and patient instructions are uniquely accessible in the Clinical Handbook.

The book contains no figures.

This book has become a classic due to its ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and general approach to thousands of physicians, nurses, and psychologists. A comprehensive index of drug names and the clearly laid out tables enhance the speed and accuracy with which the reader can find all the relevant information. All drugs are referred to by generic name and commonly used trade name, which is an additional reason why this book is widely used throughout the world. Included again in this edition are patient information sheets with important advice to be handed out to patients.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Corey Goldstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs provides all the information that its title implies and more. This spiral bound book can be read cover to cover or used as a reference for a comprehensive review of medications used in mental health.
Purpose: The stated purpose in the preface is to provide a practical resource on the use of psychotropic drugs with updated content based on published literature as well as clinical experience. This is a worthy objective that the authors attain quite well.
Audience: This book would be useful for any provider or student of mental health. Because of its scope and utility, the book is able to reach a broad audience without difficulty.
Features: The book covers almost every piece of practical information on the subject of medications used in psychiatry. Tables provide easy access to the information for the clinician in addition to quick comparison. Bullet points give readers access to clinically relevant and updated information without having to go through paragraphs to get it.
Assessment: As a frequent user of this book, I continue to find it invaluable in clinical practice as well as in psychiatric research. I frequently refer to it to get quick access to relevant and updated information. In addition, I use it as reading material for more thorough review of a various topics. It is truly an invaluable asset to the daily activities of practice. It is an excellent teaching tool for medical students and residents and has also been widely used in the office by nurses and clinical coordinators involved in our clinical research studies. Lastly, the handout sheets at the end are very helpful to patient. Updated editions are necessary because of the constantly evolving nature of the field.
Jeffrey S. Ross
This is the fifth edition of a clinical handbook that outlines in table format information needed to safely and effectively prescribe psychiatric medications. It is virtually identical to the previous 1994 edition, except for the addition of five to six new medications recently released. The purpose is to better organize the vast clinical and pharmacodynamic information about the various psychotropic drug classes into practical, user-friendly tables and outlines that highlight essential prescribing information without the need to muddle through PDR, package insert, or textbook publications. Although not specified by the author, the logical target audience appears to be psychiatrists and other physicians with large psychopharmacotherapy practices. Clinicians with extensive experience in psychopharmacology may find the information too remedial for general use, although it still serves well as an excellent reference. The authors appear quite authoritative in this area, although their Canadian practice site causes some glaring omissions of a few U.S. medications and inclusion of non-U.S. products. The book is almost entirely composed of well-conceived tables comparing and contrasting same-class medications, along with outlines of essential prescribing guidelines and precautions. This new edition appears up-to-date and thoroughly comprehensive, although it lacks specific references to either clinical or pharmaceutical industry sources (a suggested reading list is included in the back). The index is complete, and the overall appearance reveals exceptional organizational concept and practicality. The book is a gold mine of essential information needed in the practice of psychopharmacology,and it is extremely well-organized for easy and quick accessibility. It belongs on the shelf of every mental health clinician who regularly consults references for prescribing guidelines, side effect profiles, or drug-drug interaction potential. Clinicians who are very experienced in psychopharmacology may find the book too basic. This new edition is very similar to the previous one from 1994, but does include enough new additions to justify its purchase.
Royce Lee
This eighth edition retains the spiral binding and horizontal layout of its predecessors. The content has been revised to keep up with new developments, from new medications to novel uses of older ones. This text has always distinguished itself from other literature on psychopharmacology in that it occupies a middle position between textbook and clinical guide. It is meant to be useful both as a directed study guide, and as a reference in clinical situations. While the back cover states that it is intended to be useful for all mental healthcare professionals, the depth of information makes it most appropriate for medical doctors or pharmacists. The chapters are divided by medication class. These chapters are further divided by subclasses. The neuroleptics, for example, are divided into atypical versus typical subclasses. With minimal theoretical exposition, and no use of footnotes or bibliography, the editors distill vital information into terse lists of single sentences, charts, and boldface warnings. The sheer amount of information given precludes the usefulness of this book as a quick reference. To find a general description, contraindications, drug interactions, and then dosing of a particular medication requires navigating back and forth through different sections of the book, rather than finding all of a particular medication's information in one handy section. At the rate that prescribing practice changes in this field, it is impossible for even new editions of books to stay at the forefront. Some of the newest medications are not included, and some of the prescriptions are outdated, such as the suggestion to use Fenfluramine to counter weight gain associated with theatypical antipsychotics. The editors seem to be aware of this kind of inevitable obsolescence, and advertise a looseleaf, binder-bound edition updated every quarter. Despite its shortcomings, this book remains unique in its format and its depth. It would make a useful supplement to a good textbook and a more concise prescribing guide.
Parnjai Jaiarj
This clinical handbook is a very practical resource guide for psychiatrists, pharmacists, and any physician who uses psychotropic medication in the U.S. and Canada. It contains information about approved psychotropic medication, unapproved psychotropic medication, drugs of abuse, and herbal remedies in a structured format. Charts and table comparisons provide quick access to information for each medication. Patient information sheets are also included in the last section for patient counseling and education. This purpose is to provide a practical reference of psychotropic medication and other psychotropic substance use in the practice of psychiatry. It can be used as a desk reference in clinical practice to provide a quick reference for any physician. It contains indications, side effects, dosages, and other important information for each drug. The book is targeted especially for psychiatrists, pharmacists, and other physicians who use psychotropic medication in their practices. It is useful for the targeted audience. This book is formatted in tables and charts for each group of psychotropic medication (e.g., antidepressant, antipsychotic, mood stabilizer, sex-drive depressant medication, etc.). Additional information is presented about ECT, drugs of abuse and treatment, unapproved psychotropic medication, and herbal remedies. Each section contains indications, side effects, precautions, comparison of efficacy, drug interactions, and other relevant information for each drug. All chapters are well-organized, informative, and easy to read. The patient information sheet section is useful for patient education. The only shortcoming is that psychotropic medications and practicehave changed rapidly in recent years and information can be outdated easily; thus a book of this type requires subsequent revision almost every year. This clinical handbook is an extremely useful reference for any psychiatrist, pharmacist, or physician who prescribes or dispenses psychotropic medication. Informative reviews for each medication are provided, with comparison to others. The information is presented in charts and tables for easy references. This is one of the most useful psychotropic handbooks to be used by any clinician. The excellent bibliography provided in the suggested reading section can be useful for further information.
This reference for clinicians presents information on the use of psychotropic drugs. The text is organized into sections on antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy, antipsychotics, antiparkinsonian agents, anxiolytic agents, hypnotics, mood stabilizers, psychosimulants, cognition enhancers, sex-drive depressants, drugs of abuse, and drugs used in the treatment of substance use disorders. Coverage extends to new, unapproved treatments of psychiatric disorders such as calcium channel blockers and serotonin antagonists. The spiral-bound volume also includes patient information sheets and information on herbal and natural products. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
A practical clinical summary of current information on the use of psychotropic drugs organized by drug type antidepressants, drugs of abuse, Naltrexone, etc.. Both Canadian and US trade names are used throughout. Plasma levels given in SI units but conversion rates are given. Plastic spiral bound. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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This wire-spiral bound, horizontal-format (11x8.5") reference presents the latest scientific data, clinical guidelines, and patient instructions for all classes of psychotropic drugs. Chapters on classes of drugs contain information on approved and off-label indications, potential side effects and contraindications, and precautions for elderly, young, and pregnant patients, with material presented in outline format and comparison charts. Canadian and US trade names are used throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889373457
  • Publisher: Hogrefe Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 17
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Antidepressants 2
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) 68
Bright light therapy (BLT) 73
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) 75
Antipsychotics (neuroleptics) 77
Agents for treating extrapyramidal side effects 126
Anxiolytic agents 126
Hypnotics/sedatives 134
Mood stabilizers 161
Drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 193
Drugs for treatment of dementia 211
Sex-drive depressants 222
Drugs of abuse 226
Treatment of substance use disorders 252
New unapproved treatments of psychiatric disorders 267
Herbal and "natural" products 279
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