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Psychiatric Side Effects of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

Recognition and Management

Thomas M. Brown, M.D., and G. Alan Stoudemire, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-868-6
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Both prescription and non-prescription medications used in medicine and psychiatry can cause a varietyof problems for those taking them, both in terms of their behavior and their ability to think. The first book to thoroughly examine how to recognize and manage the psychological side-effects of these medicines, this exhaustive work also provides a fingertip source of vital information for everyone from psychiatrists, primary care doctors and other medical subspecialty practitioners to students, residents and general readers. Noted physicians Thomas Markham Brown and Alan Stoudemire cover all of the major medications used in medicine and psychiatry, with full chapters on such topics as:

  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Lithium
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anesthetic agents
  • Sedative-Hypnotic and related agents
  • Antibiotics
  • Cardiovascular agents
  • Antineoplastic agents
  • Gastrointestinal agents
  • Pulmonary agents
  • Hematologic agents
  • Antilipemic agents
  • Drugs affecting the endocrine system

Throughout this information-packed reference, the authors, noted physicians Thomas Markham Brown and Alan Stoudemire, cover all of the major medications used in medicine and psychiatry. They focus on the fundamental ways drugs cause cognitive toxicity and map strategies for clinical management. They also address the consequences of drug interactions and the basic pathophysiology of central nervous system toxicity. With the help of Psychiatric Side Effects of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications, readers will be able to quickly identify the ways drugs sometimes negatively affect behavior and ability to reason, and then determine the best practical course for treating those problems.

A CD-ROM containing the complete contents of Psychiatric Side Effects of Prescription and Over the Counter Medications is included. Fully searchable, this CD-ROM is compatible on both MACINTOSH and WINDOWS systems.


  • Introduction. Acknowledgments.

    Part I: Agents With Actions Directed at the Central Nervous System

    . Antipsychotic. Agents used to treat movement disorder. Antidepressants. Lithium. Anticonvulsants. Anesthetic agents. Sedative-hypnotic and related agents. Analgesic agents. Cholinergic agents.

    Part II: Agents With Actions Not Directed at the Central Nervous System

    . Antibiotics. Cardiovascular agents. Antineoplastic agents. Antilipemic agents. Drugs affecting the endocrine system. Gastrointestinal agents. Hematologic agents. Modulators of immunity. Pulmonary agents. Uricosuric and related agents. Bibliography. Index.

Psychiatric Side Effects is an answer to every consultation psychiatrist's prayers. With boundless ease in relaying information and experience, Brown and Stoudemire have compiled a unique, invaluable resource that will be indispensable for all, especially those who treat patients in consultation settings. . . . The book alone is enough to celebrate, but the CD-ROM (which includes a search program) transports a busy psychiatrist to near bliss. . . . It will be invaluable to a psychopharmacologist or specialized consultation psychiatrist, and will find its place on the desktop, either in hardcover or virtual form.—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Doctors Tom Brown and Alan Stoudemire have written the definitive work yet published on the side effects of prescription drugs. The authors, both outstanding consultation psychiatrists, have extensively reviewed the available scientific literature to prepare an invaluable resource for psychiatrists and other physicians to understand the effects on the mind of a host of commonly prescribed medications. This up-to-date, comprehensive, and well written book is the MERCK MANUAL of how prescription medications may affect thinking and behavior. This book should be on the shelves of all psychiatrists who treat patients with medical illnesses. This is a first-rate book that should prove to be an invaluable resource to psychiatrists who are called to evaluate patients who may experience cognitive or emotional side effects from prescription medications.—Robert E. Hales, M.D., Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center, Sacramento, California

In an era where patients are often on a variety of medications, the potential for serious drug interaction is great. Furthermore there are many neuropsychiatric side effects of commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. This volume catalogues the wide array of such interactions and behavioral side effects of various classes of drugs including psychotropics, analgesics and other commonly utilized agents such as antibiotics and antihypertensives. This clearly written well referenced volume should be in the library of all physicians to insure a full appreciation of the side effects of medications that their patients are taking.—Thomas N. Wise, M.D., Editor in Chief, Psychosomatics, Falls Church, Virginia

This is a unique book on a timely topic. It is a well-written, well-organized, comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative coverage of available data on a subject of importance to prescribers of all marketed medications. Readers will judge it a very useful and very helpful data source that will enhance their art of rational, safe, and effective pharmacotherapy.—Frank J. Ayd Jr., M.D., Editor, International Drug Therapy Newsletter, Baltimore, Maryland

Comprehensive, scholarly, up-to-date and practical, this unique book is the last word on psychiatric side effects of prescribed medications. It is a text for all psychiatrists to keep nearby for reference in everyday clinical practice; and I will use it, as well, to prepare my pharmacology seminars for residents in psychiatry, internal medicine, and family practice.—Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

This book has an engaging, fluid style and is a pleasure to dip into at random. Few could read it from cover to cover, largely because of the huge amount of information presented. . . . The CD-ROM wersion is particularly useful. . . this new publication represents a major advance in the identification and evaluation of drug-induced psychiatric effects. It is recommended for hospital pharmacy departments and practicing psychiatrists. The CD-ROM version is recommended for hospital and community networks where they exist.—British Journal of Psychiatry

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