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Overview

Handbook of Geriatric Drug Therapy gives you: comprehensive drug profiles on nearly 800 generic drugs prescribed for geriatric patients; complete dosage information, including when and how to adjust dosages; labeled and unlabeled uses; key considerations and patient teaching for geriatric patients; guidance on overdose and treatment; and concise explanations of how aging affects drug therapy and how to improve patient compliance.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Jeannine Marie Forrest, Ph.D., R.N.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is a valuable clinical resource of important pharmacologic considerations for dosing and monitoring geriatric patients.
Purpose: Updated and detailed information on commonly prescribed drugs is presented to improve pharmacologic management for the growing number of geriatric patients.
Audience: Although targeted to geriatric nurses, this text can benefit all nurses and physicians who provide direct care to older adults.
Features: The content is thoughtfully introduced as contributors present normal physiologic age-related changes and their effects on drug action. This approach lays a solid foundation that underscores the issues inherent in improving patient compliance and long term drug management. Key geriatric considerations are clearly highlighted with each drug. Full-color photographs are useful for drug identification and patient teaching. An appendix on adverse reactions misinterpreted as age-related changes is an excellent addition to improve drug management in a population of patients at risk for poly-pharmacy and adverse reactions.
Assessment: This handbook is to be an invaluable, portable resource for clinicians responsible for the pharmacologic management and monitoring of geriatric patients. Each appendix is useful in further explaining or highlighting the complexities specific to older adult care. Compared to other texts such as Semla's Geriatric Dosage Handbook 2000-2001, 5th edition (Lexi-Comp, 2000), this is a superior handbook for educating readers about the rationales that underlie critical geriatric considerations and patient education.
Jeannine Forrest
This is a valuable clinical resource of important pharmacologic considerations for dosing and monitoring geriatric patients. Updated and detailed information on commonly prescribed drugs is presented to improve pharmacologic management for the growing number of geriatric patients. Although targeted to geriatric nurses, this text can benefit all nurses and physicians who provide direct care to older adults. The content is thoughtfully introduced as contributors present normal physiologic age-related changes and their effects on drug action. This approach lays a solid foundation that underscores the issues inherent in improving patient compliance and long term drug management. Key geriatric considerations are clearly highlighted with each drug. Full-color photographs are useful for drug identification and patient teaching. An appendix on adverse reactions misinterpreted as age-related changes is an excellent addition to improve drug management in a population of patients at risk for poly-pharmacy and adverse reactions. This handbook is to be an invaluable, portable resource for clinicians responsible for the pharmacologic management and monitoring of geriatric patients. Each appendix is useful in further explaining or highlighting the complexities specific to older adult care. Compared to other texts such as Semla's Geriatric Dosage Handbook 2000-2001, 5th edition (Lexi-Comp, 2000), this is a superior handbook for educating readers about the rationales that underlie critical geriatric considerations and patient education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874349986
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1000
  • Product dimensions: 4.54 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Foreword
How to use this book
A guide to abbreviations
Ch. 1 Effects of aging on drug therapy 1
Ch. 2 Improving patient compliance 6
Generic drugs in alphabetical order 9
App. 1 Components of analgesic combination products 955
App. 2 Adverse reactions misinterpreted as age-related changes 958
App. 3 Creatinine clearance calculations 960
App. 4 Using antipsychotics in long-term care facilities 961
App. 5 Using anxiolytics and sedatives in long-term care facilities 963
App. 6 Unnecessary drugs in long-term care facilities 965
App. 7 Age-related changes in laboratory values 967
App. 8 Resources for geriatric care 969
Acknowledgments 971
Index 973
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