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From The CriticsReviewer: Howard Kurshenbaum, MD (Kaiser Permanente)
Description: This guide catalogues adverse cutaneous side effects of commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medications. This is a unique, thorough, easy-to-use guide providing lists of adverse reactions with references.
Purpose: The author intends this guide to be a user-friendly manual for dermatologists and general physicians for more than 250 commonly prescribed and non-prescription medications using both generic and trade names. This is an important effort for the busy clinician often puzzled by cutaneous reactions.
Audience: This guide is primarily intended for dermatologists and primary care physicians.
Features: It provides a state-of-the art reference to common adverse skin reactions. This guide starts with a thorough list of generic and trade names of common medications detailed later in the book. The major section is an easy to use guide using generic names of medications, identifying medication purpose, half life, drug interactions, then adverse reactions with selected references. Additional features include a description of the most common reaction patterns, citing the common causes for each reaction pattern and finally, a brief atlas illustrating the most common patterns.
Assessment: This is an outstanding guide to assist the clinician in assessing adverse cutaneous drug induced side effects. The guide is well organized easy to use, providing key reactions patterns and references for each medication listed. Overall, the combination of easy-to-use, coverage of common prescriptions and over the counter products and up-to-date references makes this a key recommended addition for most clinicians' libraries.