Psychotropic Drugs: Fast Facts / Edition 4

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Now in its fourth edition, this book continues to present valuable information in a clear, accessible format.
Organized by major drug classes, it offers comprehensive data on dosage, side effects, drug-drug interactions, withdrawal, and more—everything clinicians need to know to properly manage their clients’ pharmacological treatment.

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Editorial Reviews

ARBA Online
“[A] very useful resource for pharmacists, psychiatrists, and other practitioners working in the mental health field.”
Midwest Book Review
“[A] winner….everything mental health practitioners need to know to manage treatment.”
Elissa P. Benedek
“…exceptionally well organized…a simple, easy-to-use compendium of interest to residents, fellows, practicing psychiatrists, family practitioners, social workers, psychologists, and internists who see patients with psychiatric disorders regularly and need a comprehensive, well-written aid to understanding the major psychopharmacological agents currently available for treatment.”
Charles B. Nemeroff
“Drs. Kennedy and McIntyre are two of the leading psychopharmacologists in the world. Their comprehensive one that every practitioner...will want.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705201
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Fast Facts
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 983,354
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerrold S. Maxmen, MD, was associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons until his death in 1992.

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Table of Contents

1 Antipsychotics 1

Introduction to Drug Class 1

First-Generation Antipsychotics 2

Second-Generation Antipsychotics 27

Therapeutic Application 40

2 Agents for Treating Movement Disorders 49

Introduction to Drug Class 49

3 Antidepressants 63

Introduction to Drug Class 63

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors 64

Transporter Inhibitors 75

Receptor Antagonists/Agonists 93

Therapeutic Application 100

4 Dementia-Treating Agents 103

Introduction to Drug Class 103

Cholinesterase Inhibitors 104

NMDA Antagonist 111

Therapeutic Application 114

5 Mood Stabilizers 117

Introduction to Drug Class 117

Lithium 118

Anticonvulsants 128

Therapeutic Application 142

6 Antianxiety Agents 149

Introduction to Drug Class 149

Benzodiazepines 150

Nonbenzodiazepines 161

Therapeutic Application 174

7 Hypnotics 177

Introduction to Drug Classes 177

Hypnotic Benzodiazepines and Selective Benzodiazepine-1 Receptor Agonists 178

Selective Melatonin Agonist 185

Barbiturates and Barbiturate-Like Compounds 189

Additional Sleep-Promoting Agents 197

Therapeutic Application 198

8 Stimulants and Stimulant-Like Agents 201

Introduction to Drug Class 201

First-Generation Stimulants 202

Second-Generation Stimulants 210

Therapeutic Application 216

Appendices 219

1 Drug Identification by Generic Name 219

2 Drug Identification by Trade Name 225

3 Drug Interactions - Cytochrome P450 Enzymes 231

4 Measurement-Based Care 233

Bibliography 235

Index 243

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  • Posted April 15, 2009


    Are you a mental health clinician that needs to know how to properly manage your clients' pharmacological treatment? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Sidney H. Kennedy, Jerrold S. Maxmen, Roger S. McIntyre and Florence Montgomery, have done an outstanding job of writing the fourth edition of a book that is an all-in-one drug resource guide.

    Authors Kennedy, Maxmen, McIntyre and Montgomery, begin with a presentation of the general medications, their broad indications and the disorders they treat. Then, the authors discuss standard therapeutic ranges, dosage adjustment for geriatric populations, drug delivery systems and appearances. Next, they look at pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic topics, with an overview where appropriate, of general classification. The authors then describe the clinical conditions that have received FDA approval for each medication. They continue by providing a reasonably comprehensive description of side effects for each drug class and their management. Then, the authors discuss both drug-drug and drug-food interactions. Next, they discuss how these medications influence laboratory tests of blood and urine. The authors continue by exploring drug discontinuation emergent symptoms, preventive approaches, and where necessary management of emergent symptoms. Then, they describe symptoms and signs associated with drug overdose, emphasizing high-risk overdoses and optimal management. Next, the authors address drug use in children and adolescents, women during pregnancy and lactation, and older adults. They continue by addressing relative and absolute contraindications. Then, the authors present recommendations about when to take the medication, what side effects to expect, what to do if a dose is missed, and when to contact the doctor. Finally, they address sequential aspects of treatment.

    This most excellent book is written for professionals rather than consumers of mental healthcare. More importantly, this book includes only those drugs currently available in the U.S.

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