Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider
Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider,
Edition 4
By Marilyn Winterton Edmunds, PhD, ANP/GNP and Maren Stewart Mayhew, MS, ANP

Publication Date: 07 June 2013

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Written by and for nurse practitioners, and also well suited for physician’s assistant students, this practical textbook focuses on what primary care providers need to know in order practice safe and effective drug therapy. With an overall emphasis on patient teaching and health promotion, Edmunds & Mayhew teaches students and practitioners how to provide effective patient teaching about medications and how to promote adherence to prescribed drug regimens. Drug coverage focuses on "key drugs" — those most commonly used and most representative of each major drug class — with particular emphasis on the top 100 most commonly prescribed drugs. The book also features integrated coverage of nationally accepted clinical and evidence-based practice guidelines. The new 4th edition features a completely new full-color design and illustration program;; coverage of new drugs, new drug classes, and new therapeutic drug uses; updated coverage of the latest national clinical and evidence-based treatment guidelines; newly integrated and highlighted coverage of drug-herb interactions; an expanded emphasis on safety and evidence-based practice, consistent with the QSEN initiative, retooled "Safety Alert!" and "Clinical Practice Alert!" highlights; expanded and an enhanced ancillary package emphasizing graduate-level QSEN KSAs and new pharmacology-focused ArchieMD animations.

Key Features

    • A Key Drugs focus highlights the most commonly used and most representative drugs of each major drug class — with particular emphasis on the top 100 most commonly prescribed drugs.
    • Emphasis on patient teaching helps you communicate with patients and family caregivers to promote adherence to the drug regimen.
    • Emphasis on health promotion describes how to help patients stay well and improve their health, including coverage of immunizations and biologicals, vitamins, weight management, and smoking cessation.
    • Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Treatment Guidelines chapter (11) provides practical guidelines for using the best current research evidence to make decisions about the care of individual patients.
    • Extensive coverage of drug therapy for special populations such as geriatric and pediatric patients includes considerations related to age, pregnancy, race, and other factors.
    • UNIQUE! Coverage of prescriptive practice includes topics such as prescriptive authority, role implementation, and the role of nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) and physician assistants in writing prescriptions.

    New Features

    • NEW! Full-color design and illustrations highlight the most important content.
    • DRUG UPDATES reflect the latest FDA-approved drugs, drug classes, and therapeutic uses.
    • Expanded emphasis on the QSEN priorities of safety and evidence-based practice helps you eliminate drug prescribing errors with color-highlighted Safety Alerts! and NEW Clinical Practice Alerts!
    • NEW section on male hormone replacement therapies adds coverage of men to that for women.
    • Updated evidence-based prescribing information reflects the latest national clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based treatment guidelines, including the latest clinical treatment guidelines for diabetes.
    • NEW! Complementary and Alternative Products tables highlight interactions with drugs, and are emphasized with a distinctive icon.
    • Updated Drug Overview tables are enhanced with color as well as Top 100 icons that highlight the most commonly prescribed drugs.
    About the author
    By Marilyn Winterton Edmunds, PhD, ANP/GNP, Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Editor, JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. and Maren Stewart Mayhew, MS, ANP, Nurse Practitioner, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc., Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Rockville, Maryland
    Table of Contents


    Unit 1: Foundations of Prescriptive Practice
    1. Prescriptive Authority and Role Implementation: Tradition vs. Change
    2. Historical Review of Prescriptive Authority: The Role of Nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) and Physician Assistants

    Unit 2: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
    3. General Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Principles
    4. Special Populations: Geriatrics
    5. Special Populations: Pediatrics
    6. Special Populations: Pregnant and Nursing Women

    7. Over-the-Counter Medications
    8. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

    Unit 3: The Art and Science of Pharmacotherapeutics
    9. Establishing the Therapeutic Relationship
    10. Practical Tips on Writing Prescriptions
    11. Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Treatment Guidelines
    12. Design and Implementation of Patient Education

    Unit 4: Topical Agents
    13. Dermatologic Agents
    14. Eye, Ear, Throat, and Mouth Agents

    Unit 5: Respiratory Agents
    15. Upper Respiratory Agents
    16. Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Medications

    Unit 6: Cardiovascular Agents
    17. Hypertension and Miscellaneous Antihypertensive Medications
    18. Coronary Artery Disease and Antianginal Medications
    19. Heart Failure and Digoxin
    20. ß-Blockers
    21. Calcium Channel Blockers
    22. ACE Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers
    23. Antiarrhythmic Agents
    24. Antihyperlipidemic Agents
    25. Agents that Act on Blood

    Unit 7: Gastrointestinal Agents
    26. Antacids and the Management of GERD
    27. Histamine-2 Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors
    28. Laxatives
    29. Antidiarrheals
    30. Antiemetics
    31. Medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Other Gastrointestinal Problems

    Unit 8: Renal/Genitourinary Agents
    32. Diuretics
    33. Male Genitourinary Agents
    34. Drugs for Urinary Incontinence and Urinary Analgesia

    Unit 9: Musculoskeletal Agents
    35. Acetaminophen
    36. Aspirin and Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs
    37. Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs and Immune Modulators
    38. Gout Medications
    39. Osteoporosis Treatment
    40. Muscle Relaxants

    Unit 10: Central Nervous System Agents
    41. Medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    42. Medications for Dementia
    43. Analgesia and Pain Management
    44. Migraine Medications
    45. Antiepileptics
    46. Antiparkinson Agents

    Unit 11: Psychotropic Agents
    47. Antidepressants
    48. Antianxiety and Antiinsomnia Agents
    49. Antipsychotics
    50. Substance Abuse

    Unit 12: Endocrine Agents
    52. Glucocorticoids
    52. Thyroid Medications
    53. Diabetes Mellitus Agents

    Unit 13: Reproductive System Medications
    54. Contraceptives
    55. Hormone Replacement Therapy – NEW Title/Focus!
    56. Drugs for Breast Cancer

    Unit 14: Antiinfectives
    57. Principles for Prescribing Antiinfectives
    58. Treatment of Specific Infections and Miscellaneous Antibiotics
    59. Penicillins
    60. Cephalosporins
    61. Tetracyclines
    62. Macrolides
    63. Fluoroquinolones
    64. Aminoglycosides
    65. Sulfonamides
    66. Antitubercular Agents
    67. Antifungals
    68. Antiretroviral Medications
    69. Antiviral and Antiprotozoal Agents

    Unit 15: Health Promotion
    70. Immunizations and Biologicals

    71. Weight Management
    72. Smoking Cessation
    73. Vitamins and Minerals

    Book details
    ISBN: 9780323087902
    Page Count: 870
    Illustrations: Approx. 156 illustrations (156 in full color)
    Retail Price: €99.99
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