Completely updated, the fourth edition of Psychotropic Drugs presents essential psychopharmacologic information in a comprehensive, user-friendly format. Part One consists of 23 narrative chapters that provide an overview and basic discussion of the biologic bases of psychopharmacology, as well as the uses of psychotropic drugs for specific psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Part Two contains a series of brief profiles for some of the most common psychotropic drugs, listed by generic name, for access in clinical situations. With information presented in both a comprehensive narrative style and in alphabetical drug profiles, this book can be used both as a textbook and as a handy reference.
• A two-part organization offers both narrative chapters (Part One) and succinct drug profiles (Part Two), so readers may have a choice of using the book as a textbook or as a reference.
• Clinical Psychopharmacology overview provides an introduction to psychotropic drugs, including chapters on psychiatric care as related to pharmacologic treatment, and a review of neuroanatomy.
• Introduction to Psychotropic Drugs includes chapters on psychiatric care as related to pharmacologic treatment, cultural and ethnic factors in psychopharmacology, and a review of neuroanatomy. It reviews neurologic function for those who are a bit "rusty," and challenges those who are more conversant with brain biology.
• Drugs Used in the Treatment of Mental Disorders focuses on the major categories of drugs used in psychiatric care.
• Drug Issues Related to Psychopharmacology reviews electroconvulsive therapy, drugs of abuse, central nervous system stimulants, drugs used in alternative and complementary medicine, and drugs used to treat extrapyramidal side effects of psychotropic drugs.
• Developmental Issues Related to Psychotropic Drugs includes chapters on the psychopharmacologic treatment of children, adolescents, and elderly persons, to reinforce the age-related issues associated with pharmacologic interventions.
• Psychotropic Drug Profiles features quick, handy profiles for some of the most commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs. Each drug is profiled according to categories such as classification, indications, contraindications, pharmacokinetics, and interactions. Trade names have been expanded and updated.
• New Culture, ethics, and psychopharmacology chapter calls special attention to ethnic and cultural factors which are imperative to the efficacy and effectiveness of psychopharmacology.
• New Drugs for depressive disorders chapter provides intensive coverage of drugs used to treat depressive disorders, including side effects, treatment implications, and herbal treatments.
• New Drugs for bipolar disorders chapter reviews drugs used to treat bipolar disorders, including pharmacokinetics, side effects, and treatment implications.
• New Drugs used in alternative and complementary medicine chapter presents content on alternative pharmacologic methods utilized by many psychiatric patients worldwide, including the latest herbal and therapeutic methods.
• New and hot drug coverage includes escitalopram and galantamine.
This text bills itself as "two books in one," coupling profiles containing essential clinical material required to use psychotropic medications with much more detailed background clinical psychopharmacology. The text turns out to be extremely successful in both endeavors."The Psychotropic Drug Profiles section of the book is concise, practical, and filled with clinical wisdom and nuances that are rarely found in print." "Psychotropic Drug Profiles" is loaded with clinical pearls with respect to teaching points and matching drug and dosing regimen to the individual patient." The authors do an excellent job of tying in a cornucopia of facts with the actual clinical use of the drugs. Major categories are covered as well as important but more specialized topics such as sexual dysfunction, violent patients, delirium, and substance abuse. In summary, the authors have accomplished an extremely difficult task. In one book they have provided an exceedingly impressive and rare merger of factual clinical psychopharmacology and clinical wisdom. The material is comprehensive, yet necessary factual material for treating patients can be found at a glance. This book is an excellent resource for virtually anyone who treats patients with psychotropic drugs.