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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert B. Sigafoes, MD (Kaiser Permanente)
Description: This 1999 edition is updated with new drugs, references, and a new section on the classes of cutaneous drug reactions. Organized by generic name of the drug, in alphabetical order, six hundred drugs are cited, plus over one thousand brand name drugs with descriptions of their associated reactions involving the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. Accompanying references, a color atlas, and separate descriptions of cutaneous drug reaction patterns are also included.
Purpose: The purpose, as stated by the author, is to describe and catalogue the cutaneous reactions to six hundred prescribed medications. His objective is worthy and very much needed, and this manual fulfills his stated purpose.
Audience: Although the author is probably writing primarily for the practicing dermatologist, this manual would also be helpful to internists, family practice specialists, pediatricians, emergency room physicians, interns, and residents — in short, any physician who prescribes a medication, and sees a patient return with a drug-related cutaneous reaction.
Features: The cutaneous reaction patterns to over 600 commonly prescribed generic drugs (more than 1000 proprietary name drugs) are catalogued in detail, and their frequency of occurrence is provided in percentages. Also provided are 19,000 current references. Organized in alphabetical order according to generic drug name, each heading also includes the many common trade names for the generic drug, the category of drug (antihypertensive, antidiuretic, etc.,) the drug half-life, plus clinically important, potentially serious drug interactions with other listed drugs. Another bonus is lists of non-cutaneous associated reactions (i.e., myalgia, myopathy, etc). The indexes are grouped according to generic and proprietary names for easy cross-referencing, and according to classes of drugs such as anticonvulsant, amphetamine, antifungal, etc. The conclusion is a description of the 29 most common cutaneous reaction patterns and a section listing all drugs responsible for 80 reaction patterns, followed by a seven-page color atlas of drug eruptions.
Assessment: For the practicing dermatologist, few problems are more daunting than the patient who presents a long list of medications and a cutaneous eruption that is clearly due to one of those medications. In the past, a tedious perusal of each medication in the Physician's Desk Reference was often not helpful in determining the offending medication. Now, with the annual publication of this manual, our task has been much simplified, and we should be indebted to the author for making our search easier. Beautifully cross referenced, and with detailed lists of all known cutaneous drug reactions to a particular medication, plus references, drug half-life, and even the manufacturer's name, this manual has become the Bible of cutaneous drug reactions. Sections on drug reaction patterns and the medications that are associated with those patterns, plus an excellent color atlas to illustrate those patterns, make the task of finding out which drug is causing our patient's problem less daunting. The offending agent can be stopped or substituted with another medication and our patient made well again more quickly, with the help of this manual. I highly recommend it for the office bookshelf of any dermatologist, primary care physician, pediatrician, or emergency room physician since these doctors see drug reactions more commonly, but it would also be helpful to any physician who prescribes medications for their patients and is concerned about what the cutaneous effects of that medication might be.