Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychopharmacology

Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychopharmacology

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What do clinicians need to know to safely and effectively prescribe psychotropic medications to elderly patients? Understanding the complex pharmacological changes that occur with aging is critical to informed prescribingAyet much of today's practice in geriatric prescribing continues to be based on anecdotal evidence and case report data, instead of on much-needed controlled research studies. Navigating the vast database in geriatric psychopharmacology is a daunting task at best, leaving many clinicians overwhelmed and confusedAand opening the door to potentially dangerous consequences for some of our most fragile patients. Clinicians can now turn to this definitive handbook for answers. Here, three experienced pharmacologists provide a truly practical Ahow toA guide to prescribing medications in the geriatric population, drawing on their own clinical experience and their reading of the literature in geriatric psychopharmacology. Unlike other hardcover-only references in this field, this concise handbook is replete with valuable advice (e.g., drug dosing, titration) for day-to-day clinical practice, including strategies for improving compliance among the elderly. Also included are unique quick-reference summaries of prescribing data on selected drugs in each class. -The introduction focuses on the essentials of geriatric pharmacokinetics and a general approach to geriatric prescribing, offering guidelines on how to improve compliance in the elderly. -The next four chapters each cover a major psychotropic class of medicationsAantipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytic and sedative-hypnotic medicationsAincluding information about pharmacology (baseline labs), clinical use (drug titration), side effects, and treatment. Here, at the end of each of these chapters, you'll find the unique Aquick-referenceA summaries of prescribing data for selected drugs in each class. -Also detailed here are three critical areas of geriatric psychopharmacologyAtreatment of substance-related disorders, movement disorders, and dementias and other cognitive syndromesAareas that do not fit well into the traditional organization of psychopharmacology books and that therefore have seldom been the subject of in-depth discussions elsewhere in the literature. Written for residents, fellows, and clinicians in psychiatry and medicine who diagnose and treat psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions that can affect geriatric patients, this clinical reference can be used across all treatment settings for the elderly (inpatient, outpatient, day hospital, consultation, and nursing homes). Geriatric and general psychiatrists, geriatric medical specialists, internists and family practitioners, medical students and residents, and case managers and social workers will all rely on this handy guide for the critical information needed to provide optimal care for our fast-growing population of elderly patients.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 829 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.7 x 38.1mm | 884.52g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • American Psychiatric Press Inc.
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 4 halftones, 10 line drawings, 92 tables
  • 1585622524
  • 9781585622528
  • 1,838,164

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"This is a book that has the potential to be helpful to a wide range of clinical who treat psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. But perhaps what is most valuble about this book is the fact that it offers medication management strategies that are based on the authors' experience are wisdom. With some effort and a good library, facts, studies and general knowledge are relatively easy to obtain. However, to be able have the equivalent of immediate supervision from these very experienced clinicians is truly a special contribution to this filed."-- "Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology ", "September 2009"show more

About Sandra A. Jacobson

Sandra A. Jacobson, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. Ronald W. Pies, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Ira R. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor if Psychiatry, Director, Section of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.show more

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What do clinicians who are face-to-face with the geriatric patient need to know to safely and effectively prescribe psychotropic medications to the elderly?Clinicians can now turn to this definitive handbook for answers. Here, three experienced pharmacologists offer a true "how to" guide to clinical geriatric prescribing, drawing upon their own first-hand clinical experience and reading of the literature in geriatric psychopharmacology.Unlike other hardcover-only references in this field, this concise handbook is replete with valuable advice (e.g., drug dosing, titration) for day-to-day clinical practice, including strategies for improving compliance among the elderly. Each chapter covers a major psychotropic class, detailing the pharmacology, clinical use, side effects, and treatment of selected syndromes and disorders -- plus its own unique "quick-reference" summary of prescribing data on selected drugs. Concluding chapters detail the treatment of substance-related disorders, movement disorders, and dementias and other cognitive syndromes in the elderly -- in-depth discussions that are simply not available elsewhere in the literature.Written for residents, fellows, and colleagues in psychiatry and medicine who diagnose and treat psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions that can affect geriatric patients, this clinical reference can be used across all treatment settings for the elderly (e.g., inpatient, outpatient, day hospital, consultation, and nursing homes). Geriatric and general psychiatrists, geriatric medical specialists, internists and family practitioners, medical students and residents, and case managers and social workers -- all will come to rely on this handy guide for the critical information needed to provide optimal care for our fast-growing population of elderly patients.show more

Table of contents

The practice of geriatric psychopharmacology. Basic psychopharmacology and aging. Antipsychotics. Antidepressants. Mood stabilizers. Anxiolytic and sedative-hypnotic medications. Treatment of substance-related disorders. Treatment of movement disorders. Medications to treat dementia and other cognitive disorders. Analgesic medications. Index.show more

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