Essentials of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Essentials of Psychopharmacology provides a synopsis and update of the most clinically relevant material included within its parent publication, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, a classic that has been hailed as indispensable to psychiatry residents and clinicians alike. This new third edition of the Essentials incorporates the latest research and treatment advances and presents key information in an accessible and easy-to-use manner. The chapter authors are among the foremost national authorities in their areas of expertise, and the content has been thoroughly referenced and meticulously edited for maximum utility.

Among the features of this third edition are the following:

• Commonsense organization that takes the reader through the various classes of psychotropic medications (with chapters focused on individual drugs in each class) to treatment using those drugs (with chapters addressing drug selection and therapeutic approaches to the treatment of patients with major psychiatric disorders).• Complete information on each drug's clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, approved indications, dosages, side effects and toxicology, and drug-drug interactions.• Comprehensive coverage of the current psychotropic pharmacopoeia, including new chapters on the recently introduced antipsychotics asenapine, iloperidone, and lurasidone and updated chapters reflecting further accumulation of experience with other medications.• Extensive and thoroughly updated information on the use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy and lactation.

Clinicians seeking a reliable reference and guide to the core knowledge base and practice of clinical psychopharmacology can do no better than this new edition of Essentials of Psychopharmacology.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychopharmacology was first published in 1995 and is now in its fourth edition. After its second edition was published, the editors developed this Essentials version, which draws on the textbook to present information needed in daily practice. This update is necessary, given the new research and psychiatric treatment options available since the 2006 edition.
Purpose: Understanding that the textbook provides more detailed information than is needed for busy clinicians in their daily practice, the editors strove to provide a book that presents the essential information in a succinct yet comprehensive manner.
Audience: The audience includes "psychiatric residents, primary care physicians, and other health care professionals." While psychiatrists may want to consult the more complete textbook, any healthcare providers who work with psychiatric patients would benefit from this version, particularly those who prescribe psychotropic medications. The editors draw on leading experts as contributors.
Features: The book is divided into two sections, with the first describing classes of psychiatric treatments and the second covering psychopharmacological treatment. The first section systematically reviews the available psychotropic medications in the different drug classes (e.g., antipsychotics). The second section details the treatment options for major psychiatric disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder) and for specific patient populations (e.g., pregnant patients). Throughout the book, graphics help readers better understand the information, and chapters end with helpful summaries and references.
Assessment: I have read other psychopharmacology books (e.g., Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications, 4th edition, Stahl (Cambridge University Press, 2013), Principles and Practice of Psychopharmacotherapy, 5th edition, Janicak et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011)), and smaller general handbooks, but this is the first complete psychopharmacology book I've seen that strives to present essential information about various treatment options. It is excellent in its presentation of all of the treatment options, including therapy, ECT, etc., in a way that enables readers to gather the information they need quickly. The format, with the two separate sections that examine medications by themselves and then treatment for specific psychiatric disorders, is also helpful. I highly recommend this book to any mental healthcare provider. A new edition will be necessary to reflect the DSM-V as well as new research data.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585624195
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 899
  • Sales rank: 796,796
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D., is Kenneth T. Norris Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., is Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface. Part I: Classes of Psychiatric Treatments: Animal and Human Pharmacology. Antidepressants and Anxiolytics. Tricyclic and tetracyclic drugs. Fluoxetine. Sertraline. Paroxetine. Fluvoxamine. Citalopram and s-citalopram. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Trazodone and nefazodone. Bupropion. Mirtazapine. Venlafaxine and desvenlafaxine. Duloxetine and milnacipran. Benzodiazepines. Buspirone. Antipsychotics. Classic antipsychotic medications. Clozapine. Olanzapine. Quetiapine. Aripiprazole. Risperidone and paliperidone. Ziprasidone. Lurasidone. Asenapine. Iloperidone. Drugs to treat extrapyramidal side effects. Drugs for Treatment of Bipolar Disorder. Lithium. Valproate. Carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine. Gabapentin and pregabalin. Lamotrigine. Topiramate. Other Agents. Cognitive enhancers. Sedative-hypnotics. Psychostimulants and wakefulness-promoting agents. Part II: Psychopharmacological Treatment. Treatment of depression. Treatment of bipolar disorder. Treatment of schizophrenia. Treatment of anxiety disorders. Treatment of substance-related disorders. Treatment of child and adolescent disorders. Psychopharmacology during pregnancy and lactation. Index.

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