Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs for Children and Adolescents

Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs for Children and Adolescents

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Editors: Kalyna Z Bezchlibnyk-Butlier, Adil S Virani Hogrefe & Huber, Cambridge, 2004 US$49.95; pp 306; ISBN: 0-88937-271-3

The use of psychotropic medications for children and adolescents is often based upon their efficacy in adults because few controlled studies for this younger age group have been reported. However, research data are becoming increasingly available, and it is crucial that clinicians keep up with the findings.

This attractive looking handbook provides a quick up-to-date practical guide to a range of psychotropic drugs commonly used for children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. As a reference source for clinicians, the first section of the book discusses the use of stimulants and non-stimulants for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, hypnotics, and mood stabilisers. For each class of drugs, there is a comprehensive list of information, including the approved and off-label indications for their use, basic pharmacology, product availability, dosing regimen, pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, precautions, toxicity, use in pregnancy, drug interactions, and mechanisms of action. Where available, monograph statements and evidence from open and double-blind studies are included. This information is clearly presented. Data comparing the different drugs within a class are concisely tabulated, providing clinicians with easy access to some important and relevant information about alternative medications. This section includes discussion about augmentation strategies. An additional feature is the general advice on the care of children and adolescents taking these medications, provided under the heading Nursing Implications, which is sensible and practical.

The second section of the book gives an overview of some of the substances that are commonly abused such as stimulants, hallucinogens, alcohol, opiates, inhalants, gamma-hydroxybutyrate, and hypnotics. …

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