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This book is not intended to be a comprehensive drug compendium nor to make specific recommendations about selecting and prescribing dental drugs. It contains concise and easy-to-read "micro" drug monographs with basic information about each drug.
Selected herbal and nonherbal remedies have been placed in a special section to aid the dental practitioner in identifying dental implications of these products. Drugs are presented alphabetically by generic name in a succinctly ordered and standardized format with pertinent drug information for the dentist, dental hygienist, or dental assistant. A user-friendly cross index is the key to using the book for both brand and generic name identification. A second index based on a therapeutic and pharmacologic classification can also be used to identify the location of drug monographs, but in addition, will aid in identifying drugs when the patient cannot recall the name or spelling of a drug being taken. This index also groups drugs by classes or use so the reader can easily identify other drugs within a given class or application. Information is provided on more than 1600 drug products, including the most recently approved drugs and new drug products through 1999. Special features of this book arean emphasis on drug interactions of dental interest and the highlighting of oral side effects. The dental considerations section includes information that will be useful in developing patient management strategies. Useful fact tables are located on the inside covers and in the appendixes, with information about dose calculations. This volume also contains the 1997 ADA drug and dose recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis for patients at risk for bacterial endocarditis and for those patients with prosthetic joints. We have also revised the tables listing drugs that can alter salivary flow and affect taste in some manner.
Posted June 21, 2004