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Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 4th Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 4th Edition

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Written by and for nurse practitioners, and also suitable for physician’s assistants, Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider, 4th Edition focuses on what you need to know to safely and effectively prescribe drugs for primary care. An emphasis on patient teaching helps you gain patient adherence to prescribed drug regimens, and guidelines for health promotion help in maintaining and improving your patients’ health. Now in full color, this edition expands the book's emphasis on the QSEN priorities of safety and evidence-based practice, and adds coverage of new drugs, new drug classes, and new therapeutic drug uses. Written by leading nurse practitioner authorities Marilyn Winterton Edmunds and Maren Stewart Mayhew, Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider teaches principles of pharmacotherapeutics using today’s most commonly used drugs.

  • UNIQUE! Written specifically for nurse practitioners with an overall emphasis on patient teaching and health promotion.
  • UNIQUE! Covers specific topics such as prescriptive authority, role implementation, and writing prescriptions.
  • Presents comprehensive coverage of the drugs most commonly prescribed in – and the issues most relevant to – primary care practice.
  • UNIQUE! Identifies the Top 200 drugs in chapter openers with a special icon and covers them in-depth to familiarize you with the most important, need-to-know drug information.
  • Uses a consistent heading scheme for each prototype drug discussion to make it easier to learn and understand key concepts.
  • Includes an introductory chapter on “Design and Implementation of Patient Education” that highlights content on patient teaching and compliance.
  • Includes specific “Patient Education” sections in each drug chapter.
  • Provides extensive coverage of drug therapy for special populations to alert you to special considerations based on age, pregnancy, race and other factors.
  • A separate chapter on “Complementary and Alternative Therapies” discusses the available complementary and alternative modalities, including detailed information on actions, uses, and interactions of commonly used herbs.
  • Drug Overview tables at the beginning of each chapter outline the classifications of drugs discussed and provide a handy reference of drug classes and subclasses, generic names, and trade names.
  • Clinical Alerts highlight essential information that primary care providers must remember in order to avoid serious problems, including cautions for prescribing, information about drug interactions, or warnings about particularly ominous adverse effects.
  • An entire unit covers drugs for health promotion to introduce you to drugs commonly seen in outpatient primary care settings and to prepare you for practice in a society increasingly focused on health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Includes separate chapters on Immunizations and Biologicals, Weight Management, Smoking Cessation, Vitamins and Minerals, Over-the-Counter Medications, and Complementary and Alternative Therapies.
  • Drug coverage focuses on “key drugs” rather than “prototype drugs,” since prototype drugs are technically the first drug in a given class but not always the best, newest, or most commonly prescribed drug.
  • Separate chapter on “Treatment Guidelines and Evidence-Based Decision-Making” provides practical guidelines for using the current best evidence to make decisions about the care of individual patients.
  • All content extensively reviewed by a PharmD consultant to ensure the most accurate, current, and clinically relevant pharmacology content.
  • Includes separate chapters on drugs to treat ADHD and dementia in order to expand on the current treatments available for these two common conditions.

PART ONE: ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS FOR THE PRESCRIPTION OF MEDICATIONS

Unit 1: Foundations of Prescriptive Practice 1. Prescriptive Authority and Role Implementation: Tradition vs. Change 2. Historical Review of Prescriptive Authority: The Role of Nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) and Physician Assistants

Unit 2: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics 3. General Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Principles 4. Special Populations: Geriatrics 5. Special Populations: Pediatrics 6. Special Populations: Pregnant and Nursing Women

7. Over-the-Counter Medications 8. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Unit 3: The Art and Science of Pharmacotherapeutics 9. Establishing the Therapeutic Relationship 10. Practical Tips on Writing Prescriptions 11. Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Treatment Guidelines 12. Design and Implementation of Patient Education

PART TWO: DRUG MONOGRAPHS Unit 4: Topical Agents 13. Dermatologic Agents 14. Eye, Ear, Throat, and Mouth Agents

Unit 5: Respiratory Agents 15. Upper Respiratory Agents 16. Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Medications

Unit 6: Cardiovascular Agents 17. Hypertension and Miscellaneous Antihypertensive Medications 18. Coronary Artery Disease and Antianginal Medications 19. Heart Failure and Digoxin 20. β-Blockers 21. Calcium Channel Blockers 22. ACE Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers 23. Antiarrhythmic Agents 24. Antihyperlipidemic Agents 25. Agents that Act on Blood

Unit 7: Gastrointestinal Agents 26. Antacids and the Management of GERD 27. Histamine-2 Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors 28. Laxatives 29. Antidiarrheals 30. Antiemetics 31. Medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Other Gastrointestinal Problems

Unit 8: Renal/Genitourinary Agents 32. Diuretics 33. Male Genitourinary Agents 34. Drugs for Urinary Incontinence and Urinary Analgesia

Unit 9: Musculoskeletal Agents 35. Acetaminophen 36. Aspirin and Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs 37. Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs and Immune Modulators 38. Gout Medications 39. Osteoporosis Treatment 40. Muscle Relaxants

Unit 10: Central Nervous System Agents 41. Medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 42. Medications for Dementia 43. Analgesia and Pain Management 44. Migraine Medications 45. Antiepileptics 46. Antiparkinson Agents

Unit 11: Psychotropic Agents 47. Antidepressants 48. Antianxiety and Antiinsomnia Agents 49. Antipsychotics 50. Substance Abuse

Unit 12: Endocrine Agents 52. Glucocorticoids 52. Thyroid Medications 53. Diabetes Mellitus Agents

Unit 13: Reproductive System Medications 54. Contraceptives 55. Hormone Replacement Therapy – NEW Title/Focus! 56. Drugs for Breast Cancer

Unit 14: Antiinfectives 57. Principles for Prescribing Antiinfectives 58. Treatment of Specific Infections and Miscellaneous Antibiotics 59. Penicillins 60. Cephalosporins 61. Tetracyclines 62. Macrolides 63. Fluoroquinolones 64. Aminoglycosides 65. Sulfonamides 66. Antitubercular Agents 67. Antifungals 68. Antiretroviral Medications 69. Antiviral and Antiprotozoal Agents

Unit 15: Health Promotion 70. Immunizations and Biologicals

71. Weight Management 72. Smoking Cessation 73. Vitamins and Minerals

Marilyn Winterton Edmunds, PhD, ANP/GNP, Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Editor, JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. and Maren Stewart Mayhew, MS, ANP, Nurse Practitioner, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc., Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Rockville, Maryland

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