Side effects are not a side issue! Adverse effects or side effects are of the greatest importance because they cause considerable suffering and are the leading cause of nonadherence to medications. That is why side effects can be called “The Other Side of Suffering” or “The Other Half of Psychopharmacology.” More attention needs to be paid to preventing side effects, developing strategies to systematically assess these side effects, and for managing them. This book focuses on some of the commonest side effects of psychiatric medications and is jam-packed with highly clinically useful, practical information to help deal with them.
**Being able to manage side effects using a range of strategies is critical to being an expert psychopharmacologist!**
Both the beginner and the experienced clinician will find DOZENS of practical strategies that are not commonly known and practiced. The book will appeal to psychiatrists, other physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, etc.
Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications: Prevention, Assessment, and Management
“It is concise, practical, and clearly written by someone who recognizes the importance of addressing side-effects and shows clinicians exactly how to do it. The book is suffused with an empathic understanding of the legitimate concerns side-effects have for patients. It is an excellent resource for anyone prescribing psychotropic medications. Congratulations on a job well-done!”
Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D., Author
“I believe this book is so useful that it should be required reading for trainees and practitioners as well. Dr Mago provides useful information about common side effects of Antidepressants and practical suggestions relating to their management.”
Harry Croft, M.D.
“This is a highly practical, user-friendly, brief book. It is chock full of great tips to use in managaging side effects for patients on psychiatric medications. Look up ginger for nausea for example. A real eye opener!”
Elisabeth Kunkel, M.D.
“(It) focuses on a few very common and annoying problems and gives a rich array of interventions to choose from.
I would recommend this book both for psychiatry residents and for experienced clinicians, who will definitely find suggestions that they were not aware of.”
Pankaj Kishore, M.D.
Whether you prefer the term “pearls” or the term “nuggets,” there are an awful lot of them to be found here and, thankfully, the minimum-possible fluff to obscure them.
Very well written for quick reference to side effects and options for relief.
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Table of Contents
Part 1. General Principles
1. What’s the big deal?
Adverse effects are even more important than you think
2. Knowledge is power
Effective strategies for educating patients about potential adverse effects
3. Sensitive to medications
Four things to assess in these patients and eleven strategies for management
Part 2. Specific adverse effects
Thirteen basic and advanced strategies
2. Dry Mouth
Twenty-two strategies for identification, prevention, and treatment
3. Orthostatic hypotension/dizziness
Risk factors, assessment procedure, and eleven strategies for management
4. Excessive sweating
Unique clinical features, basic strategies, and two antidotes
How to examine and how to treat
Specific assessment and rating procedure. Eight strategies for management
7. Sexual dysfunction
Eight strategies for management