The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry

by David Taylor
     
 

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This book is the essential guide for anyone responsible for prescribing, dispensing or administering drugs for patients with mental health disorders. All the evidence has been reviewed and summarised succinctly by an expert team of psychiatrists and pharmacists.

The evidence base for drug treatments in psychiatry ranges from meta-analyses and randomised

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This book is the essential guide for anyone responsible for prescribing, dispensing or administering drugs for patients with mental health disorders. All the evidence has been reviewed and summarised succinctly by an expert team of psychiatrists and pharmacists.

The evidence base for drug treatments in psychiatry ranges from meta-analyses and randomised controlled clinical trials to single case reports, from NICE guidelines to individual SPCs. Where to look for information when transferring a patient from one drug to another or when dealing with a complex patient (for example, with co-morbid epilepsy or liver disease or HIV infection)? The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines are established as the leading clinical relevant reference for handling complex prescribing problems and for formulating prescribing policy.

This new edition makes greater use of tables and boxes to facilitate quick reference and includes new sections on cytochrome-mediated interactions, psychiatric side effects of non-psychotropic drugs and on GBL and GHB dependence.

Chapters cover plasma monitoring, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, children and adolescents, substance misuse and special patient groups. Each section has a full reference list. The book covers prescribing drugs outside their licensed indications and their interaction with substances such as alcohol, nicotine and caffeine.

Trainees will gain important information regarding the rational, safe and effective use of medications for patients with mental illness. Experienced clinicians will find excellent guidance regarding more complex issues that they may not encounter regularly.

Praise for previous editions:
“I would regard this book as mandatory for any pharmacist directly involved in the care of patients with a psychiatric diagnosis, be they primary or secondary care-based.”
The Pharmaceutical Journal

“An excellent book and a ‘must’ for practising psychiatrists… not only will the rational prescribing of psychotropic drugs drastically improve but, more importantly, the patient will certainly benefit.”
Human Psychopharmacology

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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is the eleventh edition of a guide to prescribing psychiatric medication for patients with mental health disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide clinicians with practical advice on prescribing psychiatric medications in regularly encountered clinical situations.
Audience: The audience includes all clinicians who prescribe psychiatric medication. It can be used by both trainees and experienced providers.
Features: The book covers a far-reaching range of topics in its prescribing guidelines. The usual conditions are all here — schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety, and child/adolescent prescribing. A nice section covers special conditions — eating disorders, dementia, etc. — that are more difficult to treat. The data used to form the guidelines is composed of the latest studies, literature reviews, and expert opinions. Tables throughout each section compare and contrast different data on each medication. The book has color tabs on the sides of the pages to allow readers to quickly flip to a particular section, and the references are extensive. The book presents a large amount of information in an efficient and organized manner.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for prescribing medications. Besides the usual, familiar treatment guidelines, it tackles more specialized topics such as how and why to switch from an SSRI to an SNRI or what medication to try next if a patient develops an elevated prolactin level on risperdone. The special patients section is also invaluable, from what to do for hepatic impairment to how useful SSRIs are in eating disorders. My problems with this book are minor. Sometimes all of the data for a particular topic is not in one section. For example, in the discussion of SSRIs, the information on treatment of sexual dysfunction is contained in the chapter on schizophrenia, and, at times, there is too much data contained in the tables. It would have been helpful in the special patients section if the page labels denoted each subsection so I could flip to the one I needed quickly. As I said, these quibbles are minor. The book is a great reference for any clinician involved in the treatment of patients with mental health problems.
From the Publisher
“This comprehensive guide presents clinicians with evidence-based information on prescribing psychotropic drugs for mental health … This book will help nurses to be confident, sensitive and informed when discussing medication with patients and relatives, exploring treatment options within their professional teams and liaising with allied health professionals.”  (Nursing Standard, 30 May 2012)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118323250
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
680
File size:
6 MB

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