Meyler's Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444532664, 9780080932873

Meyler's Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs

1st Edition

Authors: Jeffrey K. Aronson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444532664
eBook ISBN: 9780080932873
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 10th October 2008
Page Count: 512
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Elsevier now offers a series of derivative works based on the acclaimed Meylers Side Effect of Drugs, 15th Edition. These individual volumes are grouped by specialty to benefit the practicing physician or health care clinician.

The unwarranted effects of medications used in psychiatry can adversely affect a treatment plan. This book is critical in helping psychiatrists and mental health professionals assess the adverse effects of drugs such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, hypnosedatives, and antipsychotic drugs.

The material is drawn from the 15th edition of the internationally renowned encyclopedia, Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs, and the latest volumes in the companion series, Side Effects of Drugs Annuals. Drug names have usually been designated by their recommended or proposed International Non-proprietary Names (rINN or pINN); when those are not available, clinical names have been used. In some cases, brand names have been used.

This volume is critical for any health professional involved in the administration of psychiatric mediations.

Key Features

  • Surpasses the Physician’s Desk Reference © by including clinical case studies and independent expert analysis
  • Complete index of drug names
  • Most complete cross referencing of drug-drug interactions available
  • Extensive references to primary and secondary literature
  • Also includes information on adverse effects in pregnancy

The book is divided into six sections:

  • Antidepressants – A general introduction to their adverse effects, followed by monographs on individual drugs and groups of drugs (including lithium)
  • Neuroleptic drugs – A general introduction to their adverse effects, followed by monographs on individual drugs
  • Hypnosedatives - A general introduction to their adverse effects, followed by monographs on individual drugs
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease
  • Psychological and psychiatric adverse effects of non-psychoactive drugs


Psychiatrists and mental health professionals

Table of Contents

Preface Antidepressants Tricyclic Antidepressants Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIS) Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors Other Antidepressants Lithium Neuroleptic Drugs Hypnosedatives Benzodiazepines Non-benzodiazepine Hypnosedatives Drugs of Abuse Amphetamines Cannabinoids Cocaine Dexamfetamine Diamorphine (Heroin) Dimethyltryptamine Gammahydroxybutyrate Khat Lysergide Mescaline Metamfetamine Methadone Methylenedioxymetamfetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy) Organic Solvents Phencyclidine Psilocybin Drugs Used in Alzheimer’s Disease 629 Psychological and Psychiatric Adverse Effects of Non-psychoactive Drugs Index of Drug Names


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About the Author

Jeffrey K. Aronson

Dr Jeffrey K. Aronson is a consultant clinical pharmacologist and physician in the Department of Primary Health Care in the University of Oxford and a consultant physician in the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust. He has been associated with the Meyler series since 1977 and has published many research papers on adverse drug reactions. He is President of the British Pharmacological Society and serves on many committees concerned with drug therapy, including the Technology Appraisal Committee of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Joint Formulary Committees of the British National Formulary and the British National Formulary for Children.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


This book gives a response to the increasing interest in side effects of psychiatric drugs. The association of some antipsychotics with different cardiovascular reactions, the withdrawal of certain antidepressants for security reasons, along with the possibility of better treatments for patients when side effects of medications used are known, have contributed to this interest.
Meyler's Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs is organized by sections: antidepressants, neuroleptic drugs, hypnosedatives, drugs of abuse, drugs used in Alzheimer's disease and psychological and psychiatric adverse effects of non-psychoactive drugs. For each section, there is overall and general information presenting the main features of the group and the different adverse reactions; then, there is information corresponding to the individual drugs with the same scheme. In this manner, the book is easy to use and information is easy to find.
The editing is fantastic and has been performed by the expertise of Jeffrey K. Aronson, editor as well of Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs, a remarkable book whose first edition was published in 1952 and remains unique in the world for his quality and the vast amount of data included. Now, Meylers's Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs, with advanced knowledge and the same quality and thoroughness, expands the scope of the preceding work to the field of psychiatry making this book more oriented to clinical practice. Thus, an invaluable material is delivered for psychiatrists and other clinicians interested in an update in this transcendental field. When compared to other traditional reference books such as PDF or BNF, Meylers's Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs provides more comprehensive, evidence-based information, and a more critical approach.
In summary, Meylers's Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs is an essential tool for those who want to keep updated and to have an in-depth knowledge of the safety problems associated with drugs used in psych