Concise Guide to Psychopharmacology

Concise Guide to Psychopharmacology

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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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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 106.68 x 165.1 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • American Psychiatric Press Inc.
  • VA, United States
  • index
  • 1585620750
  • 9781585620753

About Lauren B. Marangell

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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Table of contents

General principles. Antidepressants. Anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics. Antipsychotics. Mood stabilizers. Stimulants. Cholinesterase inhibitors. Appendix: trade/brand names of common psychiatric drugs. Index.
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"This guide is exactly what is sets out to be-informative, concise, and efficient. It is welcome in the field of psychiatry as a complement to the more information-heavy textbooks. Without questions, it holds its own when compared to other books of its kind in the field."- "Corey Goldstein, M.D., Doody's Health Science Book Reviews," "January 2003"
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