Prentice Hall's Health Professionals Drug Guide 2004 / Edition 1

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This comprehensive guide provides safe, effective, current, and accurate drug administration information in a quickly accessible format. The fully revised 2004 edition includes the latest drugs approved by the FDA. This is the only drug guide to include Prototype Drugs for easier learning. Also included are Drug Interactions that include food and herbal interactions, Geriatric and Pediatric Dosing Guidelines that include infants and neonates, complete IV Preparation and Administration information, Adverse Effects organized by body system, Administration Information organized by route, as well as a comprehensive Companion Website that provides access to the most up-to-date drug information. For health professionals in a clinical setting as well as a supplement for students in health professions courses.
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Maria G. Tanzi, Pharm.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a comprehensive resource that covers basic information on prescription products. All medications are presented in a monograph format and each review contains mechanism of action, pharmacokinetic data, and dosing recommendations.
Purpose: The book is designed to act as a quick reference for basic drug information. It supplies the user with appropriate information to safely and effectively administer drug therapy.
Audience: It can be used by a variety of healthcare professionals and would be well suited for nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and students.
Features: The book covers prescription medications approved in the United States. It is organized alphabetically by generic drug name and each medication is presented as a brief monograph. The information presented for each medication includes generic/brand name, classification, pregnancy category, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic effects/uses, dosing recommendations, drug interactions, adverse effects, contraindications, clinical implications, and patient/family education. In addition to the monographs, the book contains a variety of useful appendixes organized into tables/charts. Some of the appendixes cover ocular medications, low molecular weight heparins, inhaled/topical corticosteroids, oral dosage forms that should not be crushed, and prescription combination drugs.
Assessment: The book is well written and organized in a user-friendly manner. It is updated yearly and contains information on the most recently approved prescription products. It is quite comprehensive and is a good resource to have for quick dosing information.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131129597
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1824
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 2.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Classification Scheme and Prototype Drugs.
Alphabetical List of Generic Drugs.
Appendix A: Ocular, Inhaled, Topical Steroid, and Low-Molecular Weight Heparin Drugs.
Appendix B: U.S. Schedules of Controlled Substances.
Appendix C: FDA Pregnancy Categories.
Appendix D: Oral Dosage Forms That Should Not Be Crushed.
Appendix E: Prescription Combination Drugs.
Appendix F: Glossary of Key Terms, Clinical Conditions, and Associated Signs and Symptoms.
Appendix G: Common Use Abbreviations.
IV Drug Y-Site Compatibility Chart/ Inside Back Cover.
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Prentice Hall Health Professional's Drug Guide 2004 is a current and reliable reference designed to provide comprehensive information needed to make appropriate decisions regarding drug administration. This new edition includes 36 monographs for new drugs recently approved by the FDA, and several drugs removed from the market have been eliminated and archived on the Companion Website accompanying this handbook. On pages xiii-xix, the user will find a current listing of drug classifications and their associated drug prototypes with page references to those drug entries. This list serves as a valuable tool, especially to students learning pharmacology and familiarizing themselves with drug families and prototypes.

Each drug monograph provides the necessary information for safe and effective drug administration. The user should read all the information provided. Occasionally, the user will be referred to Appendix F, Glossary of Key Terms, Clinical Conditions, and Associated Signs and Symptoms. This unique glossary provides valuable information regarding common assessment findings related to therapeutic effectiveness or ineffectiveness of specific drugs.

The authors recognize that the decision-making process related to drug administration is a cyclical one. For example, assessments are made both prior to and after drug administration. Thus, clinical implications may change as a result of an achieved therapeutic effect, therapeutic failure, manifestation of an adverse effect, or demonstration of a learning need. The authors believe that the users of this drug reference will find that the clear and logical design of the drug monographsfacilitates decision-making.

While some advanced practice nurses and other health professionals now have prescriptive privileges, the term physician is used throughout this book to designate the prescriber of medications.


The Prentice Hall Health Professional's Drug Guide 2004 has undergone a major revision. Health professionals, pharmacists, and students from across the country reviewed the content of this handbook and provided helpful suggestions on how it could be made more useful. Based upon these comments, the authors reorganized monographs and added new elements to every monograph in the book. To help readers better understand how to use the drug guide, the authors illustrate and describe all the components of a drug monograph in the next section.

In this drug guide, all drugs are listed alphabetically according to their generic names. However, each drug is indexed by both its generic and trade names in the back of the guide to make it easier for the user to locate individual drug monographs. Trade names followed by a maple leaf indicate that brand name of the drug is available only in Canada. If a drug is not listed in the alphabetical section, it may be a combination drug, which is a drug made up of more than one generic component. These combination drugs are listed under their trade names in the index and in Appendix E, Prescription Combination Drugs. The appendix identifies the generic components and the amount of each generic drug contained in the combination.

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