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What Your Patients Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications, Third Edition

Robert H. Chew, Pharm.D., Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., and Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-508-6
  • Item #62508

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Whether it is patients' anxiety at being in the physician's office, psychiatric disorders that may impair attention and concentration, skepticism at the effectiveness of medication, or the physician's own busyness, there are varied reasons why patients may not request all of the information they need about a psychiatric medication that is being prescribed or why physicians may not provide it.

What Your Patients Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications, Third Edition, remedies this problem by offering clear, accurate, and accessible information on more than 70 medications from all of the major medication classes, from antianxiety medications such as diazepam and lorazepam, to antidepressants such as fluoxetine and sertraline, to stimulants for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder such as dexmethylphenidate and oral methylphenidate.

Updated to reflect new medications that have come into the marketplace and changes to the dosing, format, and methods of prescription of existing medications, the book evaluates each medication in eight categories:

  • General information
  • Dosing information
  • Common side effects
  • Adverse reactions and precautions
  • Risk in during pregnancy and breast-feeding
  • Potential drug interactions
  • Overdose
  • Treatment summary

With its quick-reference format, What Your Patients Need to Know About Psychiatric Medications, Third Edition, is not just an invaluable resource for clinical social workers, clinical psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and residents, and community and psychiatric pharmacists. It is also a source of accessible, jargon-free guidance for patients, who can leave the physician's office with tangible material about their specific medication, which they can retain and refer to later.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Instructions on How to Use This Book
  • Medications in Pregnancy
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Antianxiety Medications
  • Chapter 2. Medications for Insomnia
  • Chapter 3. Antidepressants
  • Chapter 4. Mood Stabilizers
  • Chapter 5. First -Generation Antipsychotics
  • Chapter 6. Second-Generation Antipsychotics
  • Chapter 7. Psychostimulants
  • Chapter 8. Nonstimulants for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Chapter 9. Medications for Dementia
  • Chapter 10. Medications for Substance Use Disorders
  • Index


    Robert H. Chew, Pharm.D.
    Robert E. Hales, M.D.
    Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.

About the Authors

Robert H. Chew, Pharm.D., is a Psychiatric-Pharmacist Specialist in Sacramento, California.

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., is Joe P. Tupin Endowed Chair and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Sacramento County Mental Health in Sacramento, California.

Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., is Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman and Drs. Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Presidential Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas.

Drs. Chew, Hales, and Yudofsky have added an important volume to the literature that will serve to advance the broader uses of psychiatric medication, patient information and knowledge, patient and family empowerment, and, perhaps most importantly, supporting the relationships between physicians (and other clinicians) and patients.—James A. Bourgeois, O.D., M.D., Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

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