Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychopharmacology [NOOK Book]

Overview

What do clinicians need to know to safely and effectively prescribe psychotropic medications to elderly patients?

Understanding the complex pharmacological changes that occur with aging is critical to informed prescribing -- yet much of today's practice in geriatric prescribing continues to be based on anecdotal evidence and case report data, instead of on much-needed controlled research studies. Navigating the vast database in geriatric psychopharmacology is a daunting task at ...

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Overview

What do clinicians need to know to safely and effectively prescribe psychotropic medications to elderly patients?

Understanding the complex pharmacological changes that occur with aging is critical to informed prescribing -- yet much of today's practice in geriatric prescribing continues to be based on anecdotal evidence and case report data, instead of on much-needed controlled research studies. Navigating the vast database in geriatric psychopharmacology is a daunting task at best, leaving many clinicians overwhelmed and confused -- and opening the door to potentially dangerous consequences for some of our most fragile patients.

Clinicians can now turn to this definitive handbook for answers. Here, three experienced pharmacologists provide a truly practical "how to" guide to prescribing medications in the geriatric population, drawing on their own clinical experience and their 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. Also included are unique quick-reference summaries of prescribing data on selected drugs in each class. • The introduction focuses on the essentials of geriatric pharmacokinetics and a general approach to geriatric prescribing, offering guidelines on how to improve compliance in the elderly.• The next four chapters each cover a major psychotropic class of medications -- antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytic and sedative-hypnotic medications -- including information about pharmacology (baseline labs), clinical use (drug titration), side effects, and treatment. Here, at the end of each of these chapters, you'll find the unique "quick-reference" summaries of prescribing data for selected drugs in each class.• Also detailed here are three critical areas of geriatric psychopharmacology -- treatment of substance-related disorders, movement disorders, and dementias and other cognitive syndromes -- areas that do not fit well into the traditional organization of psychopharmacology books and that therefore have seldom been the subject of in-depth discussions elsewhere in the literature.

Written for residents, fellows, and clinicians 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 (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 will all 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

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.

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.

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.

From The Critics
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585626410
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 829
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 0.82 (h) x 0.16 (d)
  • File size: 14 MB
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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.

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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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