Fundamentals of Pharmacology: An Applied Approach for Nursing and Health

Fundamentals of Pharmacology: An Applied Approach for Nursing and Health


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Your comprehensive and current introduction to the fascinating field of Pharmacology, applied to Nursing and Health! Now fully updated in line with changes in clinical practice, new drugs and research developments.This clear and readable text will guide you through how drugs act within the body coupled with their clinical application. Sections covering social, legal and professional issues are included alongside the scientific principles of pharmacology. Drug groups are considered according to their pharmacological effects, their action on physiological processes and the conditions they are used to treat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131869011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/07/2007
Edition description: REV
Pages: 984
Product dimensions: 8.35(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.75(d)

Table of Contents



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Section I Pharmacology within the social context

Chapter 1 An historical perspective

Chapter 2 Sociocultural aspects

Section II Pharmacology within the professional context

Chapter 3 Drug administration and the law

Chapter 4 Ethical issues

Chapter 5 The roles and responsibilities of nurses

Chapter 6 The roles and responsibilities of other health-care professionals

Section III Drug administration and professional responsibilities

Chapter 7 Drug formulations, storage and routes of administration

Chapter 8 The clinical decision-making process

Chapter 9 Drug administration strategies and documentation

Chapter 10 Medication errors

Chapter 11 Management of common adverse drug reactions

Section IV General aspects of pharmacology

Chapter 12 Drug nomenclature

Chapter 13 Pharmacokinetics: absorption and distribution

Chapter 14 Pharmacokinetics: metabolism and excretion

Chapter 15 Drug interactions

Chapter 16 Pharmacodynamics

Chapter 17 Drug development, evaluation and safety

Chapter 18 Pharmacogenetics

Chapter 19 Pharmacokinetic factors that modify drug action

Chapter 20 Paediatric pharmacology and pharmacology in older people

Section V Toxicology

Chapter 21 Poisoning and envenomation

Chapter 22 Management of clinical overdose

Chapter 23 Contemporary drugs of abuse

Chapter 24 Drug abuse in sport

Section VI Autonomic pharmacology

Chapter 25 General aspects of autonomic pharmacology

Chapter 26 Adrenergic pharmacology

Chapter 27 Cholinergic pharmacology

Section VII Chemical mediators

Chapter 28 Introduction to chemical mediators

Chapter 29 Histamine and antihistamines

Chapter 30 Prostaglandins and serotonin

Chapter 31 Nitric oxide and the endothelins

Section VIII Modulation of behaviour, cognition and motor activity

Chapter 32 General concepts of central nervous system pharmacology

Chapter 33 Antipsychotic drugs

Chapter 34 Anxiolytics and hypnotics

Chapter 35 Antidepressants and mood stabilisers

Chapter 36 Drugs used in neurodegenerative disorders

Chapter 37 Antiseizure drugs and muscle relaxants

Chapter 38 Central nervous system stimulants

Section IX Drugs used to relieve pain and produce anaesthesia

Chapter 39 Narcotic analgesics

Chapter 40 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic drugs

Chapter 41 General anaesthesia

Chapter 42 Local anaesthesia

Section X Modulation of oxygenation and perfusion

Chapter 43 Drugs used to lower blood lipids

Chapter 44 Antihypertensive drugs

Chapter 45 Drugs used to promote tissue perfusion

Chapter 46 Anticoagulants, thrombolytics and antiplatelet drugs

Chapter 47 Diuretics and other renal drugs

Chapter 48 Drugs used to treat cardiac insufficiency

Chapter 49 Fluid and potassium imbalances

Chapter 50 Antianaemic drugs

Chapter 51 Drugs used to maintain gas exchange

Chapter 52 Over-the-counter respiratory medicines

Section XI Modulation of gastrointestinal function

Chapter 53 Upper gastrointestinal tract drugs

Chapter 54 Lower gastrointestinal tract drugs

Chapter 55 Nausea and vomiting

Section XII Modulation of body growth, development and metabolism

Chapter 56 Drugs and the pituitary gland

Chapter 57 The thyroid and the pancreas

Chapter 58 The adrenal cortex and the gonads

Chapter 59 Hyperuricaemia and gout

Chapter 60 Obesity

Section XIII Nutritional and natural therapies

Chapter 61 Vitamins

Chapter 62 Minerals

Chapter 63 Amino acids

Chapter 64 Enteral and parenteral nutrition

Chapter 65 Herbal medicines

Section XIV Modulation of cellular growth and proliferation

Chapter 66 Introduction to chemotherapy

Chapter 67 Sulphonamides and trimethoprim

Chapter 68 Antibacterial drugs

Chapter 69 Antituberculotic and antileprotic drugs

Chapter 70 Antiseptics and disinfectants

Chapter 71 Antiparasitic drugs

Chapter 72 Antimalarial drugs

Chapter 73 Antiviral drugs

Chapter 74 Antifungal drugs

Chapter 75 Vaccines and immunomodulating drugs

Chapter 76 Cytotoxic drugs

Chapter 77 Gene therapies

Section XV Drugs used topically

Chapter 78 Drugs used in diseases of the skin

Chapter 79 Drugs and the eye

Appendix A Common prescription terminology

Appendix B Common US generic drugs names

Appendix C SI units

Appendix D Drug calculations

Appendix E Common symbols used in medication charts

Appendix F Common word mix-ups

Appendix G Drug–herb interactions

Appendix H Orphan drugs



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