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Overview

What do clinicians who are face-to-face with the geriatric patient need to know to safely and effectively prescribe psychotropic medications to the elderly?

Clinicians can now turn to this definitive handbook for answers. Here, three experienced pharmacologists offer a true "how to" guide to clinical geriatric prescribing, drawing upon their own first-hand clinical experience and reading of the literature in geriatric psychopharmacology.

Unlike other hardcover-only references in this field, this concise handbook is replete with valuable advice (e.g., drug dosing, titration) for day-to-day clinical practice, including strategies for improving compliance among the elderly. Each chapter covers a major psychotropic class, detailing the pharmacology, clinical use, side effects, and treatment of selected syndromes and disorders -- plus its own unique "quick-reference" summary of prescribing data on selected drugs. Concluding chapters detail the treatment of substance-related disorders, movement disorders, and dementias and other cognitive syndromes in the elderly -- in-depth discussions that are simply not available elsewhere in the literature.

Written for residents, fellows, and colleagues in psychiatry and medicine who diagnose and treat psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions that can affect geriatric patients, this clinical reference can be used across all treatment settings for the elderly (e.g., inpatient, outpatient, day hospital, consultation, and nursing homes). Geriatric and general psychiatrists, geriatric medical specialists, internists and family practitioners, medical students and residents, and case managers and social workers -- all will come to rely on this handy guide for the critical information needed to provide optimal care for our fast-growing population of elderly patients.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Heather Boyle, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a reference for understanding the state of the literature on psychiatric medication use in geriatric populations. Each section addresses not only classes but individual medications.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a manual on the use of psychiatric medication in geriatric patients.
Audience: The book is appropriate for all practitioners in geriatrics including internists, family physicians, nurses, residents, and students. The authors are expert in the practice of geriatric psychiatry.
Features: The book focuses on the classes of psychiatric medications as well as on a few relevant neurological and medical disorders and the drugs commonly used in the treatment of them. Each section ends with bullets of the essential points from that section, followed by an extensive reference section, and important information about the medications, including dosing instructions and possible adverse effects.
Assessment: This is a very useful reference for those treating geriatric patients. Each section contains discussions of each class of medication used in psychiatry and the special considerations for the geriatric population. Other manuals focus on special considerations in diagnosing psychiatric conditions, where this manual goes the next step, focusing on special considerations in medication prescription and on recognizing adverse effects.
Journal of the American Medical Association

The manual is throughout and up-to-date enough to include very constructed book with many useful tables and other supplemental material that accompanies a very readable text. This is a text at a reasonable cost that you will want to keep handy for quick reference to many important topics.

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

This is a book that has the potential to be helpful to a wide range of clinical who treat psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. But perhaps what is most valuble about this book is the fact that it offers medication management strategies that are based on the authors' experience are wisdom. With some effort and a good library, facts, studies and general knowledge are relatively easy to obtain. However, to be able have the equivalent of immediate supervision from these very experienced clinicians is truly a special contribution to this filed.

Doddy Enterprises

This is a very useful reference for those treating geriatric patients. Each section contains discussions of each class of medication used in psychiatry and the special considerations for the geriatric population. Other manuals focus on special considerations in diagnosing psychiatric conditions, where this manual goes the next step, focusing on special considerations in medication prescription and on recognizing adverse effects.

Psychiatric times

You will find this one of the finest texts extant on the subspecialty. It is complete, comprehensive, well written, and exceedingly worth the $79.oo price. It will enhance your work and live on your desk as a reference book, and the pages (particularly the charts) will become worn and frayed. You will visit it often and be grateful to the authors.

Worth reading by anyone who intends to teat elderly patients, the text expertly summarized current clinical controversies, recommendations, and options.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585622528
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 829
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra A. Jacobson, M.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Behavior at Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ronald W. Pies, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ira R. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

The practice of geriatric psychopharmacology. Basic psychopharmacology and aging. Antipsychotics. Antidepressants. Mood stabilizers. Anxiolytic and sedative-hypnotic medications. Treatment of substance-related disorders. Treatment of movement disorders. Medications to treat dementia and other cognitive disorders. Analgesic medications. Index.

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