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cover image - The Top 100 Drugs - Elsevier E-Book on VitalSource (Retail Access Card),3rd Edition
ISBN: 9780323834490
Publication Date: 12-01-2022
Page Count: 336
Imprint: Elsevier
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The Top 100 Drugs - Elsevier E-Book on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 3rd Edition

by Andrew Hitchings, BSc, MBBS, PhD, FRCP, FFICM, FHEA, FBPhS, Dagan Lonsdale, BSc(Hons) MBBS PhD MRCP FHEA FFICM, Daniel Burrage, BSc(Hons) MBBS MSc (Med Ed) MRCP FHEA and Emma Baker, MBChB PhD FRCP FBPhS

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Now in its third edition, this small and accessible guide contains essential information for the safe prescribing of the most commonly used drugs in the NHS.

The Top 100 Drugs combines the best elements of a students' textbook with those of a prescribers' manual. It gives equal weight to essential information on the science of pharmacology as well as the real-world practicalities of prescribing, all in an accessible and clear format.

Written by leaders in the field of clinical pharmacology, this popular book has been fully revised and updated to include the drugs used today, including monoclonal antibodies and antiviral drugs for COVID-19. With common indications, mechanism of action, adverse effects, important interactions and a clinical tip for each drug as well as questions to test knowledge, this book is key to helping students understand everything they need to know about the drugs they are likely to use in practice.

    • Compact and easy to follow – can be carried around on the wards
    • Logically ordered – offers multiple ways to find the drug you are looking for
    • A Clinical Tip for each drug, drawn from the authors’ experience
    • 100 self-assessment questions to encourage integration and revision of knowledge and understanding
    • Fully updated to include the most commonly prescribed drugs today, based on original research led by the authors of over 1 billion community prescriptions and approximately 1 million hospital prescriptions
    • All drug monographs extensively reviewed and updated
    • Dedicated section emergency drugs
    • Updated self-assessment material, now including calculation and prescription-writing questions, in addition to single-best-answer questions
  • List of abbreviations


    The top 100 drugs listed by system

    The top 100 drugs listed by indication

    The top 100 drugs (alphabetical listing)

    5a-reductase inhibitors


    Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors

    Acetylcysteine (N-acetylcysteine)

    Activated charcoal


    Adrenaline (epinephrine)

    Aldosterone antagonists

    Alginates and antacids





    Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

    Angiotensin receptor blockers

    Antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

    Antidepressants, tricyclics and related drugs

    Antidepressants, venlafaxine and mirtazapine

    Antiemetics, dopamine D2-receptor antagonists

    Antiemetics, histamine H1-receptor antagonists

    Antiemetics, serotonin 5-HT3-receptor antagonists

    Antifungal drugs

    Antihistamines (H1-receptor antagonists)

    Antimotility drugs

    Antimuscarinics, bronchodilators

    Antimuscarinics, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal uses

    Antimuscarinics, genitourinary uses

    Antipsychotics, first-generation (typical)

    Antipsychotics, second-generation (atypical)

    Antiviral drugs

    Antiplatelet drugs, ADP-receptor antagonists

    Antiplatelet drugs, aspirin






    Calcium and vitamin D

    Calcium channel blockers


    Cephalosporins and carbapenems


    Corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), inhaled

    Corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), systemic

    Corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), topical


    Dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibitors

    Direct oral anticoagulants

    Diuretics, loop

    Diuretics, thiazide and thiazide-like

    Dopaminergic drugs for Parkinson’s disease


    Fibrinolytic drugs

    Gabapentin and pregabalin

    H2-receptor antagonists

    Heparins and fondaparinux




    Laxatives, osmotic

    Laxatives, stimulant

    Leukotriene receptor antagonists








    Nicotine replacement and related drugs



    Non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs

    Ocular lubricants (artificial tears)

    Oestrogens and progestogens

    Opioids, strong

    Opioids, weak/moderate




    Penicillins, antipseudomonal

    Penicillins, broad-spectrum

    Penicillins, penicillinase-resistant

    Phosphodiesterase (type 5) inhibitors

    Prostaglandin analogue eye drops

    Proton pump inhibitors



    Serotonin 5-HT1-receptor agonists

    Sex hormone antagonists for breast cancer




    Thyroid hormones


    Valproate (valproic acid)






    Colloids (plasma substitutes)

    Compound sodium lactate (Hartmann’s solution)

    Glucose (dextrose)

    Potassium chloride

    Sodium chloride

    Self-assessment and knowledge integration

    100 single best-answer questions

    Answers and explanations


  • Andrew Hitchings, BSc, MBBS, PhD, FRCP, FFICM, FHEA, FBPhS, Reader in Clinical Pharmacology, St George’s, University of London, Honorary Consultant in Neurointensive Care, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, Dagan Lonsdale, BSc(Hons) MBBS PhD MRCP FHEA FFICM, Honorary Senior Lecturer, St George’s, University of London; Specialty Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology, General Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, Daniel Burrage, BSc(Hons) MBBS MSc (Med Ed) MRCP FHEA, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, St George’s, University of London; Specialty Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology, General Medicine and Stroke Medicine, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK and Emma Baker, MBChB PhD FRCP FBPhS, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, St George’s University of London; Honorary Consultant Physician, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
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