A Primer of Drug Action: A Concise Nontechnical Guide to the Actions, Uses, and Side Effects of Psychoactive Drugs, Revised and Updated

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Henry Holt and Company, Aug 6, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 512 pages
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Since 1975, Robert Julien's A Primer of Drug Action has been the definitive guide to the effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and on behavior. Now fully updated, this popular guide continues to lead the way through a rapidly changing field, providing readers with a clear, contemporary, and objective look at every drug and medication that either positively or adversely affects brain function. This edition includes important new information on
-Herbal medications
-Drug therapy for behavioral and anxiety disorders
-Clinical practice guidelines for treating psychological disorders
-Depression and the action of antidepressant drugs
-The use of newer anticonvulsants in the treatment of bipolar disorder, pain syndromes, and behavioral disorders
-Drug therapy for children, adolescents and the elderly
-"New generation" antipsychotic agents

Authoritative, comprehensive, and suitable for those with little background in biology, A Primer of Drug Action is an indispensable source of information for anyone interested in drug use, abuse, and education.

 

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Contents

Drug Absorption Drug Distribution Termination of Drug
17
How Drugs Act
23
Receptors for Drug Action DoseResponse Relationships
31
Ethyl Alcohol and the lnhalants of Abuse
52
Why lnhalants Are Abused and Who Abuses Them Acute
78
Historical Background Sites and Mechanisms of Action
85
Barbiturates Miscellaneous Nonbarbiturate Sedative
91
Drugs in Pregnancy
98
Psychedelic Properties
201
Mescaline LSD and Other
221
W fl viiiiiiiléfI
247
AnaboIicAndrogenic Steroids
267
9 IQ iaaiililj
281
Drugs Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder
311
Drugs Used to Treat Parkinsonism
358
Integration of Drugs and Psychological
366

Pharmacokinetics Pharmacological Effects Uses Side
108
History Mechanism of Action Pharmacological Effects
136
Caffeine and Nicotine
145
Pharmacokinetics Pharmacological Effects Mechanism
155
History Terminology Opioid Receptors Classification
188
Herbal Medicines Used in the Treatment
395
Glossary
411
References 419
434
Index
489
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Robert M. Julien, M.D., Ph.D., is staff anesthesiologist at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.

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