By Michael Levi
Now in its fourth version, "Basic Notes in Psychopharmacology" is a concise precis, within the kind of notes, which provides the reader a short and easy-to-use assessment of the topic. This drastically accelerated quantity now covers the entire significant sessions of substances, and for every person drug the primary mode of motion, symptoms and hostile results are supplied. moreover, it now contains 35 peer-reviewed medical vignettes, focussing on psychopharmacological remedies which play an enormous half in administration. As a brief and sensible consultant, it will likely be helpful for junior health facility psychiatrists, normal practitioners and scientific scholars. Others, together with psychiatric nurses, psychiatric social staff, psychiatric occupational therapists and medical psychologists, also will locate it tremendous priceless.
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Antidepressant Drugs 35 (b) Indications 1 Treatment of depression with associated anxiety - in view of its sedative nature: (i) Starting dose - 150 mg nocte. (ii) May be increased to 300 mg daily. (iii) Maximum dose of 600 mg daily in divided doses in hospitalised patients (in adults). 2 Very useful in the elderly in the treatment of dementia associated with agitation and aggression* - usually up to 300 mg daily. (c) Adverse effects 1 Fewer anticholinergic side-effects and fewer cardiovascular sideeffects, cf amitriptyline.
2 There is now considerable evidence that venlafaxine XL is more effective than the SSRIs; however, there is some evidence that the efficacy of escitalopram is comparable to venlafaxine XL. 3 Treatment of moderate to severe generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) (dosage: 75 mg daily in the modified release formulation). (c) Adverse effects 1 Fewer anticholinergic side-effects. Ì 2 Fewer clinically significant cardiovascular side-effects. >cfTCAs 3 Safer in overdosage. J 48 Basic notes in psychopharmacology 4 Less likely to cause weight gain, cf TCAs.
Iii) when initiating treatment, the starting dose is 2 mg od on the first day, which may be increased to 3 mg od on the second day in bipolar mania; due to high affinity for a1adrenergic receptors. (iv) usual dose range 1 mg od-6 mg od; continued use must be evaluated and justified on an ongoing basis. 18 Basic notes in psychopharmacology 5 Some evidence that it may be useful in the treatment of resistant depression* - as an augmenting agent to SSRIs (by enhancing serotonergic accumulation within the synapse).