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Handbook of Systemic Drug Treatment in Dermatology, Second Edition

The Handbook of Systemic Drug Treatment in Dermatology helps prescribers and patients make rational decisions about drug treatment while considering known risks and potential unwanted effects. Written for dermatologists, family practitioners, pharmacists, and specialist nurses, this completely revised and updated second edition of a bestseller provides an accessible and concise aid to prescribing and monitoring systemic dermatologic therapy. For each drug or drug class, the book lists its classification, mode of action, formulations, dosages, suggested regimens, contraindications, important drug interactions, adverse effects, patient information, and more. This second edition includes new drugs as well as information on new guidelines for prescribing and monitoring established drugs.
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Table of Contents

Acitretin Acne Antibiotics Alitretinoin Androgens Antiandrogens Antibiotics Commonly Used for Skin Infections Antifungals Antihistamines Antimalarials Antivirals for Herpes Viruses Azathioprine Azole antihelminths Ciclosporin Clofazimine Colchicine Corticosteroids Cyclophosphamide Dapsone Fumaric Acid Esters Hydroxycarbamide Interferons Intravenous Immunoglobulin Isotretinoin Ivermectin Methotrexate Mycophenolate Mofetil Potassium Iodide Propranolol Psoralens Rituximab Sulfapyridine & Sulfamethoxypyridazine Thalidomide Tumour Necrosis Factor Antagonists Ustekinumab Vismodegib Systemic Therapy in Children Systemic Therapy & Liver Disease Systemic Therapy & Kidney Disease Further Reading Appendix 1 Patient Health Questionnaire for Depression (PHQ-9) Appendix 2 Reading Chart for Use With Antimalarials Appendix 3 Example of Consent Form to Opt Out of the Mandatory Pregnancy Prevention Programme Appendix 4 Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) Appendix 5 Consent to PUVA Therapy

About the Author

Edited by Sarah H. Wakelin, BSc, MB, BS, FRCP, consultant dermatologist, St. Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare Trust, and honorary senior lecturer, Imperial College London, UK Howard I. Maibach, MD, professor, Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, USA Clive B. Archer, BSc, MB, BS, MSc Med Ed, MD, PhD (Lond), FRCP (Edin, Glasg, Lond), consultant dermatologist, St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals, and visiting senior lecturer in pharmacology, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London, UK


"This nearly pocket-sized book is an excellent summary and simplification of the use of systemic medications commonly practiced by dermatologists. For those physicians not regularly using immunosuppressive, immunomodulatory or other specialized pharmacologic agents, this volume is a hand reference. The writing is clear and logically organized, with a comprehensive inclusion of medications." - Eden Pappo Lake, MD, Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Clinics in Dermatology "... a handy reference ... to consider when trying to decide how to correctly prescribe a systemic agent .... Recommended doses are stated throughout." -Patricia Wong, MD, Private Practice in Doody's Book Review Service "The second edition of the Handbook of Systemic Drug Treatment in Dermatology is an outstanding resource that helps to alleviate worrying by providing precise guidelines and advice in managing our most infirmed patients who require these medications." - Warren R. Heymann, MD, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Dermatology, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University "This little handbook saves a lot of time, and I feel confident following its recommendations. Each section is clearly laid out, making it easy to find what you need in clinic..." - Neill Hepburn, MD, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist, Lincoln County Hospital "This updated edition includes new arrivals ... There are really useful appendices ... Quite simply, it is indispensable! I have it with me in every clinic and often refer to it in discussions with pharmacists (who have been known to borrow my copy and forget to return it). The book easily fits into a bag." - Neill Hepburn, MD, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist, Lincoln County Hospital

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