Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

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Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

Author: Benjamin Sadock

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. USD 71.25;pp 336; 978-1-4511-9225-4

In contrast to The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry which focuses more on the indications and evidence of prescription, or the Stahl's Essential Pharmacology which, as its name suggests, describes in detail the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of psychotropics, the Pocket Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment is a pocket companion that presents you with an overview of psychotropic medications to cover the practical clinical issues that a prescriber needs to know.

The user-friendly book is organised into sections of drugs classified by their chemical classes and clinical utility. Within each section, drugs are listed in an alphabetical order, and information including the preparation and dosages, pharmacological actions, indications and off-label uses, uses in special groups (children, elderly, pregnancy, lactating mothers), side-effects, and drug-drug interaction is provided. To further facilitate readers in understanding the pharmacological actions, the first chapter of the book introduces the basic principles of pharmacokinetics and outlines the effects of each receptor for easy reference. …

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