Symptoms in the Pharmacy: A Guide to the Management of Common Illness, 6th Edition
November 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
Symptoms in the Pharmacy is an indispensable guide to the management of common symptoms seen in the pharmacy. With advice from an author team that includes both pharmacists and GPs, the book covers ailments which will be encountered in the pharmacy on a daily basis.
Now in its sixth edition Symptoms in the Pharmacy has been fully revised to reflect the latest evidence and availability of new medicines. There are new sections and case studies for 'POM' to 'P' switches including chloramphenicol, sumatriptan, diclofenac, naproxen and amorolfine. This edition features colour photographs of skin conditions for the first time enabling the differentiation and diagnosis of common complaints. The public health and illness prevention content have been expanded to support this increasingly important aspect of the pharmacist’s work.
The book is designed for quick and easy reference with separate chapters for each ailment. Each chapter incorporates a decision making framework in which the information necessary for treatment and suggestions on ‘when to refer’ is distilled into helpful summary boxes. At the end of each chapter there are example case studies providing the view of pharmacists, doctors and patients for most conditions covered. These easy-to-follow- chapters can be read cover to cover or turned to for quick reference. This useful guide should be kept close at hand for frequent consultation.
Introduction: How to use this book.
Colds and flu.
Respiratory symptoms for direct referral.
Gastrointestinal Tract Problems.
Nausea and vomiting.
Motion sickness and its prevention.
Irritable bowel syndrome.
Warts and verrucae.
Emergency hormonal contraception.
Common symptoms in pregnancy.
Eye and Ear Problems.
Eye problems: the painful red eye.
Common ear problems.
Common childhood rashes.
Prevention of Heart Disease.
Prevention of heart disease.
Appendix: Summary of Symptoms for Direct Referral.
Paul Paxton, General Practitioner, Cambridge, UK
John Blenkinsopp, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Medicines Management, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK
- presents a guide to the management of common symptoms seen in the pharmacy, with advice from an author team that includes both pharmacists and GPs
- provides the pharmacist with the appropriate techniques for gathering information to meet the needs of patient safety in a way that is acceptable to the public
- includes case studies and comments from the pharmacist's and doctor's perspective
“This book is an excellent guide for either trainee or newly qualified pharmacists. It covers most ailments which may be encountered on a daily basis in the community pharmacy and describes features of more serious underlying disease to aid diagnosis or referral.” (Doody's Reviews, March 2009)