The Pharmacotherapy of Common Functional Syndromes: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Primary Care Practice

The Pharmacotherapy of Common Functional Syndromes: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Primary Care Practice

by Peter Manu
     
 

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The four major functional disorders--chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome--plague a sizable portion of humanity. In the past, they have been ignored, misdiagnosed, or treated with folk remedies (usually with less-than-optimum results), or inappropriate or

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The four major functional disorders--chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome--plague a sizable portion of humanity. In the past, they have been ignored, misdiagnosed, or treated with folk remedies (usually with less-than-optimum results), or inappropriate or ineffective medications.

Now, The Pharmacotherapy of Common Functional Syndromes: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Primary Care Practice delivers a critical presentation of drug therapies for each of these disorders. This volume evaluates all of the best available research in this field to determine effective therapeutic approaches for these conditions.

This thorough and lucid review discusses these four major functional disorders:

  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • premenstrual syndrome
Here you can examine diagnostic criteria and treatment regimes that reveal what medicines and treatments had positive and negative responses for patients and the known risks and benefits of the drugs used in each case. This informative book gives medical professionals and their patients a concise and current source that contains the latest research on these topics.

The Pharmacotherapy of Common Functional Syndromes: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Primary Care Practice is the single volume that will give you insight into each of these syndromes to help you decide what course of action to take with your patients and what medications are right for them.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Daniel M. Haycraft, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book attempts to develop evidence-based guidelines for the pharmacological treatment of common functional disorders including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and premenstrual syndrome.
Purpose: The author intends to create a therapeutic guide for the treatment of patients with these four functional syndromes. The current lack of evidenced-based guidelines leaves many physicians without a clear plan for treating these patients. Combined with the controversial nature of these syndromes, the author's objectives are very worthwhile, although challenging. He meets his objectives well, insofar as research provides any clear conclusions.
Audience: The text targets primary care physicians and other specialists to whom patients affected with these syndromes may be referred. The author is highly credible, with more than 60 publications particularly in the area of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Features: The author examined published studies of pharmacological treatments for patients with these four functional syndromes. To his credit, he discusses the study details including patient selection, study design, outcome measures, results and their clinical significance. Despite extensive references, he did not include some noteworthy studies. In addition, as a text intended to be a desktop reference for physicians without expertise in these syndromes, some epidemiological data and other relevant information about the disorder would be helpful.
Assessment: The book is both timely and necessary. It is well planned, well written and easy to read. It provides an authoritative, fairly comprehensive review of the studies to support rational pharmacotherapy for treating patients with these controversial syndromes. It satisfies the author's intention to provide a fast and efficient resource of evidence-based guidelines for physicians, within the limitations of current research.
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An internist at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Manu suggests drug therapies for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome, which have in the past usually been ignored, misdiagnosed, or treated with folk remedies. He evaluates the best available research to determine effective therapeutic approaches, what medicines and treatments had positive and negative responses for patients, and the known risks and benefits of the drugs used in each case. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789005892
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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