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Rapid Clinical Pharmacology: A Student Formulary



Rapid Clinical Pharmacology: A Student Formulary

Andrew Batchelder, Charlene Rodrigues, Ziad Alrifai, Adrian Stanley (Editorial coordination by)

ISBN: 978-0-470-65441-5 September 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 144 Pages

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This pocket reference guide is a must for all medical students and junior doctors preparing for exams in pharmacology or needing a rapid reminder during a clinical attachment.

In light of the growing pressures on those who prescribe drugs to patients, increasing emphasis has been placed on the importance of pharmacology in the undergraduate medical curriculum. Rapid Clinical Pharmacology, with its concise, easy-to-use approach, offers an appealing format for students to use in both clinical practice and exam preparation and its ‘one-page per drug/class' layout easily facilitates the generation of a personal student formulary.

Each chapter of the book mirrors each section of the BNF to allow easy cross-referencing and then each chapter is divided into consistent sections as per other books in the Rapid series.

Rapid Clinical Pharmacology will also be available as a mobile application for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Blackberry. See for further details.

Preface ix

List of abbreviations xi

Basic pharmacokinetic concepts

Gastrointestinal system

Histamine type 2 receptor antagonists 5

Laxatives 6

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) 7

Cardiovascular system

α-adrenoceptor antagonists (α blockers) 8

Adenosine 9

Aldosterone antagonists 10

Amiodarone 11

Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) 12

Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) 13

Antimuscarinics 14

Aspirin 15

β-adrenoceptor antagonists (β blockers) 16

Calcium channel blockers (CCBs) 18

Cardiac glycosides 19

Clopidogrel 20

Dipyridamole 21

Fibrates 22

Fibrinolytics 23

Flecainide 24

Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors 25

Inotropic sympathomimetics 26

Loop diuretics 27

Low molecular weight heparins (LMWH) 28

Nitrates 29

Potassium channel activators 30

Statins 31

Thiazide diuretics 32

Tranexamic acid 33

Vasoconstrictor sympathomimetics 34

Warfarin 35

Respiratory system

β2 adrenoceptor agonists 36

Histamine type 1 receptor antagonists 37

Inhaled antimuscarinics 38

Leukotriene receptor antagonists 39

Oxygen 40

Theophylline 41

Central nervous system

5-HT1 agonists (triptans) 42

5-HT3 antagonists 43

Antihistamine anti-emetics 44

Antipsychotics – atypical 45

Antipsychotics – typical 46

Benzodiazepines 47

Carbamazepine 48

Dopamine antagonist anti-emetics 49

Drugs for dementia 50

Gabapentin and pregabalin 51

Levodopa (L-dopa) 52

Lithium 53

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) 54

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) 55

Opioid analgesia 56

Other antiepileptics 57

Other antiparkinsonian drugs 58

Paracetamol 59

Phenothiazine anti-emetics 60

Phenytoin 61

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 62

Sodium valproate 63

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) 64


Aciclovir 65

Aminoglycosides 66

Antifungals 67

Antiretroviral agents 68

Antituberculosis drugs 69

Cephalosporins and other β lactams 70

Penicillins 71

Glycopeptide antibiotics 72

Macrolides 73

Metronidazole 74

Nitrofurantoin 75

Quinolones 76

Tetracyclines 77

Trimethoprim 78

Endocrine system

5α - reductase inhibitors 79

Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) analogues 80

Biguanides 81

Bisphosphonates 82

Carbimazole 83

Corticosteroids 84

Dipeptidylpeptidase-4 (DDP-4) inhibitors 85

Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists 86

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) 87

Incretin mimetics 88

Insulins 89

Levothyroxine 90

Propylthiouracil 91

Sulfonylureas 92

Thiazolidinediones 93

Obstetrics, gynaecology and urinary tract disorders

Contraceptives 94

Mifepristone 96

Oxybutynin 97

Oxytocin 98

Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors 99

Malignant disease and immunosuppression

Alkylating agents 100

Anthracyclines 101

Anti-androgens 102

Antimetabolites 103

Antiproliferative immunosuppressants 104

Calcineurin inhibitors 105

Other antineoplastic drugs 106

Selective oestrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) 107

Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) 108

Vinca alkaloids 109

Musculoskeletal and joint diseases

Allopurinol 110

Aminosalicylic acid compounds (ASAs) 111

Colchicine 112

Methotrexate 113


Antiglaucoma drugs 114


Depolarising neuromuscular blocking agents 115

Etomidate 116

Inhalational anaesthetics 117

Lidocaine 118

Non-depolarising blocking agents 119

Propofol 120

Thiopental sodium 121

Intravenous fluids

Blood and transfusion medicine

Index of drugs 127

"This is an excellent pocket manual on core drugs for medical practitioners, especially those practicing in a British-oriented healthcare system." (Doody's, 13 January 2012)

"The book is practical and made more so by its availability for mobile electronic devices such as iPhones, iPad, and so on. This book represents an important step in application of medical knowledge and technology by the bed side." (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 1 November 2011)