Concise Guide to Psychopharmacology (Concise Guides)

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This clinical companion begins with an overview of the general principles relevant to the safe and effective use of psychotropic medications. Subsequent chapters present clinically relevant information (for example, mechanisms of action, clinical use, contraindication, risks and side effects, drug interactions, dosing strategies and monitoring guidelines) about the major classes of psychotropic medications (antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, stimulants and cholinesterase inhibitors) and the disorders for which they are prescribed - with the caveat that the nomenclature is somewhat artificial because, for example, many antidepressant medications are also used to treat anxiety disorders. The authors also highlight critical differences and similarities among medications. For example, although antidepressants appear to be equally effective in treating major depression, they differ significantly from each other in side effects, lethality in overdose, pharmacokinetics, efficacy in treating comorbid psychiatric disorders and individual patient response.

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The definitive pocket reference for convenient everyday use.

This invaluable clinical companion begins with an overview of the general principles relevant for the safe and effective use of psychotropic medications. Subsequent chapters present clinically relevant information about the major classes of psychotropic medications and the disorders for which they are prescribed. Each section contains concise information on mechanisms of action, clinical use, contraindications, risks and side effects, drug interactions, dosing strategies, and monitoring guidelines, including frequent pearls for clinical use.

Packed with practical information that is easy to access via detailed tables and charts, this pocket-sized volume (it literally fits into a lab coat or jacket pocket) is designed to be immediately useful for students, residents, and clinicians working in a variety of treatment settings, such as inpatient psychiatry units, outpatient clinics, consultation-liaison services, and private offices.

About the Author:

Lauren B. Marangell, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Mood Disorders Research and of Clinical Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. James M. Martinez, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Jonathan M. Silver, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, and Assistant Director for Clinical Services and Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York. Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., is D. C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, and Chief of Psychiatry Services at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

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