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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This update of a guide to over 100 psychiatric drugs used here and abroad has been completely revised to reflect the most current practice.
Purpose: It is intended to integrate clinical practice with the science of psychopharmacology to provide practical information on how to use psychotropic medications in clinical practice. It is not meant as a comprehensive reference, but as a guide to essential facts for daily clinical use.
Audience: This is an exceptional resource for clinicians who prescribe psychiatric drugs. The unique way this book relays the information makes it useful to prescribers and nonprescribers. It also can be useful to educators in this area.
Features: This book covers numerous aspects of each drug: therapeutics, covering most brand names in major countries, the class of drug, its uses, FDA approvals, and how they work; side effects, covering the most common side effects, the mechanism of action behind them, and how to treat them; dosing and use, looking at ranges of dosing, long term use, pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, and how to dose various agents; special populations, the issues in patients with certain medical problems as well as the elderly, children, adolescents, use during pregnancy and during breast feeding, and the art of psychopharmacology, where the author gives his opinions on the advantages or disadvantages of a drug as well as his clinical pearls.
Assessment: This is a practical, easy-to-read and book for clinicians at all levels who prescribe psychotropic medications. Dr. Stahl's unique way of transmitting information makes this book extremely useful for physicians, residents, and medical students in understanding the use of a wide variety of psychiatric medications. Even seasoned psychopharmacologists will find this helpful as a quick review of agents they may not be as familiar with or to use as an exceptional teaching tool.