Symptoms in the Pharmacy: A Guide to the Management of Common Illness [NOOK Book]


A practical and evidence-based guide for student, pre-registration and qualified pharmacists

Symptoms in the Pharmacy is an indispensable guide to the management of common symptoms seen in the pharmacy. With advice from an author team that includes both pharmacists and GPs, the book covers ailments which will be encountered in the pharmacy on a daily basis.

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Symptoms in the Pharmacy: A Guide to the Management of Common Illness

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A practical and evidence-based guide for student, pre-registration and qualified pharmacists

Symptoms in the Pharmacy is an indispensable guide to the management of common symptoms seen in the pharmacy. With advice from an author team that includes both pharmacists and GPs, the book covers ailments which will be encountered in the pharmacy on a daily basis.

Now in its sixth edition Symptoms in the Pharmacy has been fully revised to reflect the latest evidence and availability of new medicines. There are new sections and case studies for 'POM' to 'P' switches including chloramphenicol, sumatriptan, diclofenac, naproxen and amorolfine. This edition features colour photographs of skin conditions for the first time enabling the differentiation and diagnosis of common complaints. The public health and illness prevention content have been expanded to support this increasingly important aspect of the pharmacist’s work.

The book is designed for quick and easy reference with separate chapters for each ailment. Each chapter incorporates a decision making framework in which the information necessary for treatment and suggestions on ‘when to refer’ is distilled into helpful summary boxes. At the end of each chapter there are example case studies providing the view of pharmacists, doctors and patients for most conditions covered. These easy-to-follow- chapters can be read cover to cover or turned to for quick reference. This useful guide should be kept close at hand for frequent consultation.

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

Provides guidance for the management of common symptoms in the pharmacy environment, helping community pharmacists in the UK health system assess and advise each customer on the severity of illness, the choice of medication, and when to visit the doctor. Material is arranged by body system, and separate chapters on common illnesses give advice on history taking, diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and when to refer. Each chapter includes case studies and brief observations from the pharmacist's and the doctor's perspective. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From The Critics
Blenkinsopp (medicines management, Keele U., Staffordshire, England) and Paxton (a general practitioner in Cambridge, England) present the fourth edition of this guide to the management of common symptoms and minor illnesses seen in the pharmacy. The new edition includes information on medicines changed from the "prescription only medicine" to "pharmacy medicine" category; new information on benefits and potential harm from herbal and other complementary medicines; revision of the practical case studies and the addition of new ones to better reflect current issues in practice; and revision of the introductory chapter on effective communication and interpersonal skills. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Christina Rose, PharmD (Temple University Hospital)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a pharmacists' guide to appropriate treatment recommendations for patients with common problems as well as when to refer them to a physician. The book is organized by symptom or patient complaint and the recommended common remedies are available without a prescription in the United Kingdom. The previous edition was published four years ago.
Purpose: The authors acknowledge both that self-care by patients is an increasing practice and that patients often seek guidance from pharmacists. The purpose of this book is to compile management strategies for common illnesses and complaints that a pharmacist may use as to assist these patients. The authors address the most common illnesses, but could have used a more evidence-based approach to treatment recommendations.
Audience: The authors, professors of pharmacy practice, write the book for pharmacy practitioners in the community setting.
Features: The book reviews treatments available for the most common symptoms/illnesses for which patients seek self-care and discusses what symptoms qualify as severe and require a physician's input. The cough and cold section is very thorough and the discussion on herbal medications is particularly important. The introduction is the most informative section, reviewing the thought process a pharmacist in the community setting must use before making a treatment recommendation for an ill patient. The cases used at the end of each chapter help to emphasize the most important points of each disease. After each case, there is a pharmacist's' view of the management and a doctor's view of the management, although none of the authors are physicians. It would have been better to identify the physician and his/her background. The color photos of the dermatologic complications are a good addition. The biggest weakness of the book is the lack of references, even though the authors state that the recommendations are evidence-based.
Assessment: The objectives of this book are worthy, but the recommendations should be referenced and more information on each drug therapy should be included. More patient counseling points could enhance the usefulness of the book. Without references, it is difficult to determine if another edition was needed.
From the Publisher
"It is concise, portable, and affordable. It provides the tools and techniques needed to assess and manage patients in an environment where time and space are limited." (J Pharm Technol, June 2009)

“This book is an excellent guide for either trainee or newly qualified pharmacists. It covers most ailments which may be encountered on a daily basis in the community pharmacy and describes features of more serious underlying disease to aid diagnosis or referral.” (Doody's Reviews, March 2009)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118598443
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alison Blenkinsopp, Professor of the Practice of Pharmacy, Department of Medicines Management, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

Paul Paxton, General Practitioner, Cambridge, UK

John Blenkinsopp, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Medicines Management, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

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Table of Contents


Introduction: How to use this book.

Respiratory Problems.

Colds and flu.


Sore throat.

Allergic rhinitis.

Respiratory symptoms for direct referral.

Gastrointestinal Tract Problems.

Mouth ulcers.



Nausea and vomiting.

Motion sickness and its prevention.



Irritable bowel syndrome.


Skin Conditions.



Athlete's foot.

Cold sores.

Warts and verrucae.



Hair loss.


Painful Conditions.


Musculoskeletal problems.

Women's Health.



Vaginal thrush.

Emergency hormonal contraception.

Common symptoms in pregnancy.

Eye and Ear Problems.

Eye problems: the painful red eye.

Common ear problems.

Childhood Conditions.

Common childhood rashes.



Napkin rash.

Head lice.

Threadworms (pinworms).

Oral thrush.



Prevention of Heart Disease.

Prevention of heart disease.

Appendix: Summary of Symptoms for Direct Referral.


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