Pharmacology of Anxiolytic Drugs / Edition 1

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This brief and readable review of anti-anxiety drugs is an ideal primer for a wide variety of health care providers, such as family physicians, mental health professionals, nurse practitioners, and social workers, who do not currently function as psychopharmacology specialists. The authors provide a quick introduction to this important and very widely used class of medications, and clearly explain their advantages, as well as their pharmacological profiles, and peripheral side effects.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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A brief and practical review of anti-anxiety drugs for health care providers who are not psychopharmacology specialists, such as family physicians, mental health professionals, nurse practitioners, and social workers. Includes coverage of benzodiazepines because they are still the most widely used though they are being replaced because of their well known drawbacks, and the newer drugs themselves. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889370883
  • Publisher: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: WHO Expert Series on Neuroscience
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Classification of Antianxiety Medications
Group I Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepine Structures 1
Benzodiazepine Pharmacology 2
Benzodiazepine Side Effects 51
Benzodiazepine Toxicity 53
Dependence and Tolerance 55
Benzodiazepine Interactions 61
GABAergic System in the Action of Anxiolytic Drugs 62
GABA Receptor and Anxiolytic Drugs 64
Group II Compounds with Benzodiazepine-like Activity
Agonists 73
Partial Agonists 80
Benzodiazepine Receptor Antagonists 83
Group III Compounds Acting on Non-Benzodiazepine Receptors
Serotonin and Anxiety 87
5-HT[subscript 1A] Compounds 94
5-HT[subscript 3] Receptor Antagonists 98
5-HT[subscript 2] Agents 99
Group IV Other Compounds
Antidepressants as Anxiolytics 105
Tricyclic Antidepressants: Pharmacological Profile 106
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors 112
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors 116
Alpha[subscript 2] Adrenoreceptor Agonist: Clonidine 121
Beta-Blockers 123
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