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Primer of Drug Action

Primer of Drug Action - 11th edition

ISBN13: 978-1429206792

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ISBN13: 978-1429206792
ISBN10: 1429206799
Edition: 11TH 08
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Worth Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2008
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Primer of Drug Action - 11TH 08 edition

ISBN13: 978-1429206792

Robert M. Julien

ISBN13: 978-1429206792
ISBN10: 1429206799
Edition: 11TH 08
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Worth Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2008
International: No

The definitive introduction to psychopharmacology since 1975, A Primer of Drug Action provides an authoritative account of the effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and on behavior. Clear, nontechnical language, a complete glossary, and abundant illustrations make A Primer of Drug Action accessible to any reader seeking a comprehensive, current, and scientifically sound introduction to psychoactive drugs.

Author Bio

Robert M. Julien, M.D., received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington and his Medical Degree from the University of California at Irvine. His many research articles focus on the psychopharmacology of sedative and antiepileptic drugs. Previously an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology at the Oregon Health Sciences University, he currently practices anesthesiology in Portland, Oregon.

New Contributors
Claire D. Advokat, professor of psychology at LSU, received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her primary interest is in understanding the clinical effectiveness and the mechanism of action of drugs used in the treatment of mental illness, such as the antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytics.

Joseph Comaty, Adjunct Professor at LSU, received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine. His primary area of research is clinical psychopharmacology. In particular, he is interested in the study of the clinical treatment for the major psychiatric disorders of schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1 Classification of Psychoactive Drugs 1
2 Principles of Drug Action 6
Pharmacokinetics: How Drugs Move through the Body
3 Central Nervous System Depressants: Concepts and Traditional Agents 51
General Concepts
Four Agents of Central Nervous System Depression
4 Central Nervous System Depressants: Benzodiazepines, "Second Generation" Anxiolytics, and Antiepileptic Drugs 74
"Second Generation" Anxiolytics
Antiepileptic Drugs Used in Treating Psychological Disorders
5 Central Nervous System Depressants: Alcohol 101
6 Psychostimulants: Cocaine and the Amphetamine 124
Amphetamines and Related Drugs
7 Psychostimulants: Caffeine and Nicotine 158
8 Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders: Drugs for Treating Major Depression 186
9 Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders: Drugs for Treating Bipolar Disorder 216
10 Analgesics: Narcotic and Nonnarcotic Drugs 233
Opioid Analgesics
Nonnarcotic Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory Drugs
11 Antipsychotic (Neuroleptic) and Antiparkinsonian Drugs 269
Antipsychotic (Neuroleptic) Drugs
Antiparkinsonian Drugs
12 Psychedelic Drugs: Mescaline, LSD, and Other "Mind Expanding" Hallucinogens 301
13 Marijuana: A Unique Sedative-Euphoriant-Psychedelic Drug 330
14 Fertility-Regulating Drugs and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids 356
Pharmacological Regulation of Fertility
Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids
15 Drugs and Society: Priorities and Alternatives 386
Psychoactive Drugs as Behavioral Reinforcers
Drug Use and Abuse
16 Integration of Drugs and Psychotherapy in Treating Mental Disorders 415
Concept of Integrated Treatment
DSM-IV Classification of Mental Disorders
Integrated Treatment of Major Disorders
Appendix I Basic Anatomy of the Central Nervous System 443
Appendix II Physiology of the Neuron 452
Appendix III Synaptic Transmission, Neurotransmitters, and Information Transfer in the CNS 464
Glossary 489
Bibliography: A Basic Pharmacology Bookshelf 498
Index 499

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