Here is a comprehensive overview of the drugs that act on the central and peripheral nervous systems. This volume thoroughly describes the diseases associated with the nervous system and the drugs used for their treatment while also looking at the current status of these drugs and their future potential and challenges.
Divided into three sections, the book first focuses on the drugs that affect the functions of the autonomic nervous system to produce therapeutic effects. These drugs may act presynaptically by manipulating the genesis, storage, and secretion, and by blocking the action of neurotransmitters. Some drugs may trigger or impede postsynaptic receptors. Section 2 focuses on drugs that affect the central nervous system, including antianxiety drugs, sedative and hypnotic drugs, antidepressant drugs, antipsychotic drugs, antiepileptic drugs, and many more. It covers the pharmacological management of various diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and others. The last section offers explanations of neurochemical interactions with the aim to develop drugs that have beneficial effects on neurochemical imbalances. This section demonstrates models to assess the transport of drugs across the blood-brain barrier and nanomedicine to treat brain disorders.
This rich compilation provides thorough and extensive research updates on the important advances in neuropharmacological drugs and drug therapy from experienced and eminent academicians, researchers, and scientists from throughout the world.
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100 Cases in Clinical Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Prescribing explores scenarios commonly seen by medical students and junior doctors in the ward, emergency department, outpatient clinic or in general practice in which an understanding of pharmacology and sound prescribing practice is central to successful clinical management and safe patient care. A succinct summary of the patient’s history, examination and any initial investigations is followed by questions on the diagnosis and management of the case. The answer includes a detailed discussion on each topic, providing practical advice on how to deal with the challenges that occur when prescribing, including planning, drug calculations, prescription review and adverse drug reactions. The book will be invaluable during clinical placements and is an ideal companion during preparation for the Prescribing Safety Assessment
Making speedy and appropriate clinical decisions, and choosing the best course of action to take as a result, is one of the most important and challenging parts of training to become a doctor. These true-to-life cases will teach students and junior doctors to prescribe appropriately, and to hone their diagnostic and management skills.
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The first edition of Pharmacy Practice Research Methods provided a contemporary overview of pharmacy practice research, discussing relevant theories, methodologies, models and techniques. It included chapters on a range of quantitative, qualitative, action research and mixed methods as well as management theories underpinning change in pharmacy practice.
This new edition of the book is much broader and more diversified. It includes the quality improvement methods in pharmacy practice research, focusing on the key differences between high and low-income countries with regard to pharmacy practice research, as well as the main challenges faced when conducting such research – areas of significant global interest. In addition, a number of the chapters covering fast-moving fields where new methods have been developed and published have been updated. Featuring seven new topics and presenting future trends, the book also explains in detail methods used in covert and overt observations in pharmacy practice, as well as methods involved in realist research, which are important to countries seeking to produce evidence-based information in this area.
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By Barry Strickland-Hodge, Mary-Claire Kennedy
Prescribing has traditionally been the responsibility of medical doctors but independent prescribing courses are now firmly established in the UK and increasing numbers of healthcare professionals have taken on prescribing responsibilities.
The Prescribing Pharmacist reflects these changes, beginning with an overview of pharmacist prescribing and continuing with an exploration of consultation, patient clinical assessment, team working, and understanding cultural and religious issues and ethics. Internal and external influences on the new prescriber are considered, as well as medicines optimisation. The authors also look at prescribing for specific patient groups, such as the elderly, the very young, pregnant women and breast-feeding women, and finally move on to specific medicines that require special care when prescribing. Each chapter of the book refers and links to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society framework written in 2016, A Competency Framework for All Prescribers, which is reproduced, with permission.
Written by a team of pharmacy experts, this book is intended for any pharmacist who is thinking of becoming an independent prescriber, those on pharmacy courses and those who are already qualified as independent or supplementary pharmacist prescribers, who may use it as a reminder of important points covered on their course.
List of abbreviations
An introduction to pharmacist prescribing
The consultation, diagnostic process, diagnosis and influences on prescribing
Patient clinical assessment
Patient partnership and prescribing
Prescribing for specific groups of patients
Medicines requiring particular care when prescribing
Appendix : A Competency Framework for All Prescribers
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This book is divided into eight units containing 33 chapters and over 400 practice problems.
Unit 1: Essential Skills
As with any subject, you must master some basic material before you can tackle the main subject. The following topics are cover in Unit 1.
The Metric System
Dimensional Analysis and Ratio Proportion
Unit 2: Auxiliary Subjects
Unit 2 covers a few subjects which you may or may not need, depending on your school and/or practice.
Unit 3: Unit Conversions
Converting between the various units of measurements used in pharmacy is an essential skill and mastering this unit will set you up for success in the more complex calculations.
Unit Conversions-The Basics
Unit Conversions Within the Metric System
Unit Conversions Within the Household System
Unit Conversions Between Metric, Household and Apothecary
Unit Conversions Involving Hours and Minutes
Unit 4: Dosage Calculations
This unit starts by covering the terminology then moves on to the various ways to set up and solve the problems. Three levels of problems follow, starting with easy, one-step problems, and moving on to more complex problems.
Dosage Calculations-The Basics
Dosage Calculations Levels 1, 2, and 3
Body Surface Area Dosing Calculations
Unit 5: IV Flow Rate Calculations
As with the dosage calculation unit, this unit starts off with the basics then moves on to calculations, starting with easy calculations and progressing to more complex calculations.
IV Flow Rate Calculations-The Basics
IV Flow Rate Calculations Level 1 and 3
IV Flow Rate Adjustments
Unit 6: Percent and Ratio Strength Calculations
As a pharmacy technician, you will encounter drugs expressed in a percent strength every day and it is important that you master this unit.
Unit 7: Concentrations/Dilutions/Reconstitution Calculations
No pharmacy calculation course would be complete without a section on concentrations and dilutions. The knowledge gained in the previous unit will come in handy here.
Concentrations and Dilutions
Powder Volume Calculations
Unit 8: Miscellaneous Subjects
Be sure to take the self-assessment exam and work on any problem areas.
Temperature Conversion Calculations
Pharmacy Calculation Puzzles
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