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Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions / Edition 1
     

Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions / Edition 1

by Christine M. Thorp
 

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ISBN-10: 047051017X

ISBN-13: 9780470510179

Pub. Date: 12/02/2008

Publisher: Wiley

Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions is an accessible introduction to the pharmacology necessary for health care professionals training to be non-medical prescribers.  The book covers the pharmacology necessary for accredited training programmes in non-medical prescribing and certification in access and supply of prescription-only medicines and

Overview

Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions is an accessible introduction to the pharmacology necessary for health care professionals training to be non-medical prescribers.  The book covers the pharmacology necessary for accredited training programmes in non-medical prescribing and certification in access and supply of prescription-only medicines and will be useful as an ongoing reference for future use in practice. 

Opening with a general introduction to pharmacology as a science, the book goes on to explain what is meant by drugs and medicines and why pharmacology should be of relevance to health care professionals.  The reader is presented with general principles of pharmacology followed by systemic pharmacology that covers the actions of important groups of drugs in common use to treat diseases and conditions of the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, musculoskeletal, skin and central nervous systems.  The physiology and pathophysiology relevant to the understanding of how these drugs work is included.

Finally the book explores the law in relation to the sale, supply, administration and prescription of drugs and explains what is meant by non-medical prescribing.  All aspects of non-medical prescribing are considered including the use of exemptions to the Medicines Act, patient group directions, supplementary prescribing and the development of independent prescribing for nurses and pharmacists. 

  • Clearly explains the importance of pharmacology to health care professionals following approved courses for supplementary prescribers.
  • Pharmacology explained clearly and concisely avoiding unnecessary use of chemistry.
  • Includes numerous relevant case studies taken from real-life situations obtained from health care professionals.
  • Examples of drugs familiar and relevant to health care professionals used throughout.
  • Scenario-based case studies clearly illustrate the importance of the pharmacology of major body systems and pathologies.
  • An invaluable text not only for allied healthcare professionals such as podiatrists, physiotherapists and radiographers but also a useful reference for pharmacists and nurses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470510179
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgements xvii

1 Introduction 1

1.1 Pharmacology and health care professionals 2

1.2 Patient compliance 4

1.3 Drug names 4

Part I Principles of pharmacology 7

2 Drug disposition 9

2.1 Chapter overview 9

2.2 Administration of drugs 9

2.3 Absorption of drugs 13

2.4 Drug Distribution 17

2.5 Drug metabolism 20

2.6 Excretion of drugs 23

2.7 Summary 26

3 Effects of drugs on the body 29

3.1 Chapter overview 29

3.2 Adverse reactions to drugs 29

3.3 Variation in response to drug therapy 36

3.4 Targets for drug action 40

3.5 Summary 45

Part II Systemic pharmacology 49

4 Cardiovascular and blood disorders 51

4.1 Cardiovascular disorders 51

4.2 Hypertension 58

4.3 Drugs used to treat cardiovascular disorders 60

4.4 Blood disorders 68

4.5 Anaemias 73

4.6 Lipid metabolism 75

4.7 Lipid-lowering drugs 77

4.8 Summary 79

5 Respiratory Disorders 85

5.1 Chapter overview 85

5.2 Asthma 88

5.3 Chronic bronchitis 88

5.4 Drugs used to treat respiratory disorders 89

5.5 Treatment of other respiratory conditions 92

5.6 Summary 94

6 Disorders of the endocrine system 99

6.1 Chapter overview 99

6.2 Pituitary gland 99

6.3 Thyroid gland 102

6.4 Parathyroid glands 104

6.5 Adrenal glands 105

6.6 Pancreas 106

6.7 Treatment of diabetes mellites 108

6.8 Summary 111

7 Disorders of the musculoskeletal system 115

7.1 Chapter overview 115

7.2 Rheumatic diseases 115

7.3 Drugs used to treat rheumatic diseases 116

7.4 Gout 123

7.5 Drugs used to treat gout 124

7.6 Osteoarthritis 125

7.7 Paget's disease 126

7.8 Treatment of Paget's disease 126

7.9 Osteoporosis 127

7.10 Drugs used to treatosteoporosis 127

7.11 Osteomalacia 128

7.12 Myasthenia gravis 128

7.13 Treatment of myasthenia gravis 129

7.14 Motor neuron disease and multiple sclerosis 130

7.15 Summary 132

8 Disorders of the skin 137

8.1 Chapter Overview 137

8.2 Eczema 138

8.3 Treatment of eczema 139

8.4 Psoriasis 140

8.5 Treatment of psoriasis 141

8.6 Warts 144

8.7 Treatment of warts 145

8.8 Other viral infections of the skin 146

8.9 Fungal infections of the skin and nails 146

8.10 Drugs used to treat fungal infection of the skin and nails 147

8.11 Bacterial infection of the skin 150

8.12 Summary 151

9 Chemotherapy of infectious diseases 155

9.1 Chapter overview 155

9.2 Bacteria 155

9.3 Antibiotic drugs 157

9.4 Treatment of tuberculosis 160

9.5 Viruses 161

9.6 Antiviral drugs 162

9.7 Treatment of HIV infection 165

9.8 Fungi 166

9.9 Antifungal drugs 166

9.10 Protozoa 168

9.11 Antimalarial drugs 169

9.12 Drugs for toxoplasma and pneumocystis pneumonia 170

9.13 Parasitic worms 170

9.14 Anthelmintics 172

9.15 Summary 173

10 Cancer chemotherapy 177

10.1 Chapter overview 177

10.2 Biology of cancer 177

10.3 Principles of chemotherapy 180

10.4 Drugs used in cancer chemotherapy 182

10.5 Summary 188

11 Disorders of the central nervous system 191

11.1 Chapter overview 191

11.2 Affective disorders 194

11.3 Drugs used to treat depression 198

11.4 Drugs used to treat bipolar depression and mania 200

11.5 Psychoses 201

11.6 Drugs used to treat schizophrenia 203

11.7 Anxiety and insomnia 205

11.8 Anxiolytics and hypnotics 207

11.9 Treatment of anxiety 207

11.10 Treatment of insomnia 209

11.11 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 210

11.12 Treatment of ADHD 211

11.13 Parkinson's disease 211

11.14 Drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease 213

11.15 Epilepsy 216

11.16 Drugs used to treat epilepsy 217

11.17 Alzheimer's disease 221

11.18 Treatment of Alzheimer's disease 221

11.19 Summary 221

12 Anesthesia and analgesia 229

12.1 Chapter overview 229

12.2 General anaesthesia 229

12.3 Inhalation anaesthetics 231

12.4 Intravenous anaesthetics 232

12.5 Premedication and adjuncts to general anaesthesia 234

12.6 Local anaesthesia 236

12.7 Local anaesthetics 241

12.8 Analgesia 243

12.9 Peripherally acting analgesics 244

12.10 Centrally acting analgestics 247

12.11 Neuropathic pain 247

12.12 Summary 248

13 Contrast agents and adjuncts to radiography 253

13.1 Chapter overview 253

13.2 Contrast agents 253

13.3 Cautions in use of contrast agents 257

13.4 Complications of intravenous administration of contrast agents 257

13.5 Adverse reactions to contrast agents 257

13.6 Management of acute adverse reactions to contrast agents 259

13.7 Adjuncts to radiography 260

13.8 Summary 264

Part III Prescribing and the law 269

14 Medicines, the law and health care professionals 271

14.1 Chapter overview 271

14.2 Legislation 271

14.3 Non-medical prescribing 279

14.4 Summary 284

15 Prescribing in practice 291

15.1 Chapter overview 291

15.2 Podiatry 291

15.3 Extension of access to prescription-only medicines in podiatry and podiatic surgery 292

15.4 Podiatry in the community 299

15.5 Radiography 300

15.6 Medicines in radiography: Prescription, supply and administration 300

15.7 Physiotherapy 315

15.8 Summary 319

Appendices 321

Appendix A Drug Names 323

Appendix B Glossary 331

Appendix C Examples of Patient Group Directions 337

Bibliography 343

Useful websites 345

Index 349

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