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A Nurse's Survival Guide to Drugs in Practice


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SECTION 1 Principles of Pharmacology 1.1 Introduction to pharmacology 1.2 The law, drugs, prescribing and medicines management 1.3 Formulation and administration 1.4 Pharmacokinetics 1.5 Pharmacodynamics 1.6 Adverse drug reactions SECTION 2 Autonomic Nervous System 2.1 Autonomic nervous system - overview 2.2 Adrenergic pharmacology 2.3 Cholinergic pharmacology SECTION 3 Pain, analgesia and anaesthesia 3.1 Pain, analgesia and anaesthesia - overview 3.2 Opioid analgesia 3.3 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and paracetamol 3.4 Anaesthesia SECTION 4 Central Nervous System 4.1 Central nervous system - overview 4.2 Chemical transmission in the brain 4.3 Epilepsy 4.4 Antipsychotics 4.5 Antidepressants and mood stabilisers 4.6 Anxiolytics and hypnotics 4.7 Neurodegenerative disorders SECTION 5 Cardiovascular System 5.1 Cardiovascular system - overview 5.2 Hypertension 5.3 Atherosclerosis and lipid-lowering drugs 5.4 Ischaemic heart disease 5.5 Cardiac arrhythmias 5.6 Cardiac failure 5.7 Antithrombotics SECTION 6 Respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal systems 6.1 Respiratory system 6.2 Renal system and diuretics 6.3 Gastrointestinal tract SECTION 7 Endocrine System 7.1 Endocrine pancreas and diabetes mellitus 7.2 Pituitary gland and adrenal cortex 7.3 Disorders of bone and bone metabolism 7.4 Sex hormones 7.5 Pregnancy SECTION 8 Chemotherapy 8.1 Cancer chemotherapy 8.2 Antimicrobial drugs SECTION 9 Other areas of pharmacology 9.1 Herbal medicines 9.2 Paediatric pharmacology 9.3 Drugs and the elderly 9.4 Topical drugs 9.5 Emergency treatment of poisoning References Further reading Appendix: drug measurement and calculation


"I wish this book had been available when I took the pharmacology/prescribing course...This handy, pocket-size book is well laid out and the terminology and language are clearly explained...It is suitable for novice and qualified independent nurse prescibers working in the community or hospital setting." Nursing Standard, 30 June 2010

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