Pharmacotherapy Handbook / Edition 8

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Essential drug data in a concise, carry-anywhere reference

Pharmacotherapy Handbook, 8e provides practitioners and students with the critical information necessary to support drug therapy decision making for more than 140 diseases and disorders. Featuring a convenient alphabetized presentation, this handy guide utilizes tables, texts, figures, and treatment algorithms to make the information readily accessible and easily understood.

The consistent chapter organization includes:

  • Disease state definition
  • Review of relevant pathophysiology
  • Clinical presentation
  • Diagnosis
  • Desired outcome
  • Treatment
  • Monitoring

The Treatment section usually includes nonpharmacologic therapy, drug selection guidelines, dosing recommendations, adverse effects, pharmacokinetic considerations, and important drug interactions.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Joni L. Stahura
As stated in the preface, this is the pocket companion to DiPiro's Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 4th Edition (Appleton & Lange, 1999). It is a compendium of concise overviews of select disease states found in the textbook. Each chapter is presented uniformly, giving a definition of the disease state, its pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, desired outcome, and treatment/monitoring information. The first edition, published in 1998, was the pocket companion to Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 3rd Edition. The purpose is to provide a portable summary of the critical information found in the textbook. This is meant to allow easy access to information in a clinical setting. The book is written for practitioners and students. Major disease states and disorders are reveiwed. Bulleted statements provide an easy to read format allowing the reader to go quickly from one statement to another, focusing on areas of interest. Additional information is presented in treatment algorithms and tables. The handbook is a good review of the material, but is not a substitute for the textbook. Readers who are not familiar with the topics covered will need to refer to the textbook for in-depth explanations. The authors of the handbook do provide the reader with a cross reference to the textbook for this purpose. Sections on disease state, pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, and desired outcome are good, quick reviews. The treatment and monitoring sections contain basic information, but more detailed references would need to be consulted prior to prescribing. It would be helpful if more key points were referenced within thehandbook. The second edition of this handbook does justify replacing the first, in that it is a companion to the new textbook. However, the sections reviewed did not significantly change from the first edition.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Kristen M. Quinn, PharmD(Jeanes Hospital)
Description:This is the seventh edition of a handbook designed to help healthcare professionals easily access up-to-date medication therapy to help them make decisions in a clinical setting.
Purpose:The book meets the worthy objective of being a pocket companion to Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 7th edition, by DiPiro et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2008).
Audience:It certainly meets its goal of providing practitioners and students with critical information to guide drug therapy in a clinical setting. The authors are doctors of pharmacy or board certified clinical pharmacists.
Features:The book addresses all aspects of 84 disease states and disorders, from presentation and pathology to treatment and monitoring. Each chapter focuses on individual groups of medication considered for treatment and gives a concise overview of them in easy to see bulleted points. The qualities that I find especially useful are that charts and algorithms are easily identifiable and tables are shaded light gray for quick reference.
Assessment:Although this handbook contains an enormous amount of information, it conveniently fits into a lab coat pocket. It is an extremely useful reference.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071748346
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/10/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1164
  • Sales rank: 527,033
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara G. Wells, PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, BCPP

Dean and Professor

Executive Director, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Pharmacy, The University of Mississippi

Oxford, Mississippi

Joseph T. DiPiro, PharmD, FCCP

Professor and Executive Dean

South Carolina College of Pharmacy

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

and University of South Carolina, Columbia

Terry L. Schwinghamamer, PharmD, FCCP, FASHP, FAPhA, BCPS

Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

School of Pharmacy, West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia

Cecily V. DiPiro, PharmD

Consultant Pharmacist

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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Table of Contents

To the Reader
SECTION 1: BONE AND JOINT DISORDERS, Edited by Terry L. Schwinghammer
1. Gout and Hyperuricemia
2. Osteoarthritis
3. Osteoporosis
4. Rheumatoid Arthritis
SECTION 2: CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS, Edited by Terry L. Schwinghammer
5. Acute Coronary Syndromes
6. Arrhythmias
7. Cardiac Arrest
8. Dyslipdemia
9. Heart Failure
10. Hypertension
11. Ischemic Heart Disease
12. Shock
13. Stroke
14. Venous Thromboembolism
SECTION 3: DERMATOLOGIC DISORDERS, Edited by Terry L. Schwinghammer
15. Acne Vulgaris
16. Dermatologic Drug Reactions and Common Skin Problems
17. Psoriasis
SECTION 4: ENDOCRINOLOGIC DISORDERS, Edited by Terry L. Schwinghammer
18. Adrenal Gland Disorders
19. Diabetes Mellitus
20. Thyroid Disorders
SECTION 5: GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS, Edited by Joseph T. DiPiro and Terry L. Schwinghammer
21. Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension
22. Constipation
23. Diarrhea
24. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
25. Hepatitis, Viral
26. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
27. Nausea and Vomiting
28. Pancreatitis
29. Peptic Ulcer Disease
30. Contraception
31. Menopause & Perimenopausal & Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy
32. Pregnancy and Lactation: Therapeutic Considerations
33. Anemias
34. Sickle Cell Disease
35. Antimicrobial Regimen Selection
36. Central Nervous System Infections
37. Endocarditis
38. Fungal Infections, Invasive
39. Gastrointestinal Infections
40. Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection
41. Influenza
42. Intraabdominal Infections
43. Respiratory Tract Infections, Lower
44. Respiratory Tract Infections, Upper
45. Sepsis and Septic Shock
46. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
47. Skin and Soft-Tissue Infections
48. Surgical Prophylaxis
49. Tuberculosis
50. Urinary Tract Infections and Prostatitis
51. Vaccines, Toxoids, and Other Immunobiologics
52. Alzheimer's Disease
53. Epilepsy
54. Headache: Migraine and Tension-Type
55. Pain Management
56. Parkinson's Disease
57. Status Epilepticus
58. Assessment of Nutrition Status and Nutrition Requirements
59. Enteral Nutrition
60. Obesity
61. Parenteral Nutrition
62. Breast Cancer
63. Colorectal Cancer
64. Lung Cancer
65. Lymphomas
66. Prostate Cancer
67. Renal Cell Carcinoma
68. Glaucoma
69. Anxiety Disorders
70. Bipolar Disorder
71. Major Depressive Disorder
72. Schizophrenia
73. Sleep Disorders
74. Substance-Related Disorders
SECTION 14: RENAL DISORDERS, Edited by Cecily V. DiPiro
75. Acid-Base Disorders
76. Acute Kidney Injury
77. Chronic Kidney Disease
78. Drug Therapy Individualization for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
79. Electrolyte Homeostasis
SECTION 15: RESPIRATORY DISORDERS, Edited by Terry L. Schwinghammer
80. Allergic Rhinitis
81. Asthma
82. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
SECTION 16: UROLOGIC DISORDERS, Edited by Cecily V. DiPiro
83. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
84. Erectile Dysfunction
85. Urinary Incontinence
APPENDICES, Edited by Barbara G. Wells
Appendix 1: Allergic and Pseudoallergic Drug Reactions
Appendix 2: Geriatrics
Appendix 3: Drug-Induced Hematologic Disorders
Appendix 4: Drug-Induced Liver Disease
Appendix 5: Drug-Induced Pulmonary Disease
Appendix 6: Drug-Induced Kidney Disease

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