Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider - 3rd Edition

Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider

3rd Edition

Authors: Marilyn Edmunds Maren Mayhew
Imprint: Mosby

Table of Contents


Unit 1: Foundations of Prescriptive Practice

1. Prescriptive Authority and Role Implementation: Tradition vs. Change

2. Historical Review of Prescriptive Authority: The Role of Nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and CNSs) and Physician Assistants

Unit 2: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

3. General Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Principles

4. Special Populations: Geriatrics

5. Special Populations: Pediatrics

6. Special Populations: Pregnant and Nursing Women

Unit 3: The Art and Science of Pharmacotherapeutics

7. Establishing the Therapeutic Relationship

8. Practical Tips on Writing Prescriptions

9. Treatment Guidelines and Evidence-Based Decision Making

10. Design and Implementation of Patient Education


Unit 4: Topical Agents

11. Dermatologic Agents

12. Eye, Ear, Throat, and Mouth Agents

Unit 5: Respiratory Agents

13. Upper Respiratory Agents

14. Asthma and COPD Medications

Unit 6: Cardiovascular Agents

15. Hypertension and Miscellaneous Antihypertensive Medications

16. Coronary Artery Disease and Antianginal Medications

17. Chronic Heart Failure and Digoxin

18. â-Blockers

19. Calcium Channel Blockers

20. ACE Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers

21. Antiarrhythmic Agents

22. Antihyperlipidemic Agents

23. Agents that Act on Blood

Unit 7: Gastrointestinal Agents

24. Antacids and the Management of GERD

25. Histamine-2 Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors

26. Laxatives

27. Antidiarrheals

28. Antiemetics

29. Medications for Irritable Bowel Sy


Written by and for nurse practitioners, this practical textbook focuses on what primary care providers need to learn and practice drug therapy. With an overall emphasis on patient teaching and health promotion, you will learn how to provide effective patient teaching about medications and how to gain patient compliance. Drug coverage focuses on “key drugs” rather than “prototype drugs,” so you can find important information about the most commonly used drugs rather than the first drug in each class. You will also find discussions on the legal and professional issues unique to nurse practitioners and other primary care providers. The 3rd edition also features an expanded emphasis on established clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based practice, plus two new chapters that cover drugs for ADHD and drugs for dementia.

Key Features

  • UNIQUE! Written specifically for nurse practitioners with an overall emphasis on patient teaching and health promotion.
  • UNIQUE! Covers specific topics such as prescriptive authority, role implementation, and writing prescriptions.
  • Presents comprehensive coverage of the drugs most commonly prescribed in – and the issues most relevant to – primary care practice.
  • UNIQUE! Identifies the Top 200 drugs in chapter openers with a special icon and covers them in-depth to familiarize you with the most important, need-to-know drug information.
  • Uses a consistent heading scheme for each prototype drug discussion to make it easier to learn and understand key concepts.
  • Includes an introductory chapter on “Design and Implementation of Patient Education” that highlights content on patient teaching and compliance.
  • Includes specific “Patient Education” sections in each drug chapter.
  • Provides extensive coverage of drug therapy for special populations to alert you to special considerations based on age, pregnancy, race and other factors.
  • A separate chapter on “Complementary and Alternative Therapies” discusses the available complementary and alternative modalities, including detailed information on actions, uses, and interactions of commonly used herbs.
  • Drug Overview tables at the beginning of each chapter outline the classifications of drugs discussed and provide a handy reference of drug classes and subclasses, generic names, and trade names.
  • Clinical Alerts highlight essential information that primary care providers must remember in order to avoid serious problems, including cautions for prescribing, information about drug interactions, or warnings about particularly ominous adverse effects.
  • An entire unit covers drugs for health promotion to introduce you to drugs commonly seen in outpatient primary care settings and to prepare you for practice in a society increasingly focused


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About the Authors

Marilyn Edmunds Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Editor, JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Maren Mayhew Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Nurse Practitioner, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc., Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Rockville, Maryland