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Clinical Pharmacology and Practical Prescribing
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Prescribing for the first time is a nerve-wracking experience. Of all the tasks performed by new doctors, it is probably the one with greatest direct impact on the wellbeing of patients. Safe and effective practice rests on a good understanding of both clinical pharmacology and practical prescribing. Acquiring this is not easy, particularly when faced with reams of information about hundreds of unfamiliar drugs, often presented in a way that appears detached from clinical reality.

This book is your starting point. It is a direct response to requests from students for a compendium of the 100 most important drugs in the NHS. Key information about the clinical pharmacology and practical prescribing of each drug is presented side-by-side, allowing you to direct your attention as appropriate for your stage of training. Drugs can be accessed alphabetically when you need quick information on the wards and by organ system or clinical indication when you are at your desk.

Research led by Professor Emma Baker has identified the ‘top 100 drugs’ by their importance and prescribing frequency. She has shown that the list changes little over time, making it a stable resource upon which to base learning.

"A great practical resource for those new to prescribing the text is aimed at those new to independent prescribing, and for that group I would consider. The Top 100 Drugs to be an excellent publication." Reviewed by Emma Watts, GP in Surrey on behalf of (journal) Pulse April 2015

"This handy, pocket-sized book is a great practical resource for those new to prescribing." Reviewed by Pulse, Apr 2015



Drugs listed by system

Drugs listed by indication

Top 100 drugs

  • Acetylcysteine (N-acetylcysteine)
  • Activated charcoal
  • Adenosine
  • Adrenaline (epinephrine)
  • Aldosterone antagonists
  • Alginates and antacids
  • Allopurinol
  • Alpha-blockers
  • Aminoglycosides
  • Aminosalicylates
  • Amiodarone
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Angiotensin receptor blockers
  • Antidepressants, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors
  • Antidepressants, tricyclics and related drugs
  • Antidepressants, venlafaxine and mirtazepine
  • Antiemetics, dopamine D2-receptor antagonists
  • Antiemetics, histamine H1-receptor antagonists
  • Antiemetics, phenothiazines
  • Antiemetics, serotonin 5-HT3-receptor antagonists
  • Antifungal drugs
  • Antihistamines (H1-receptor antagonists)
  • Antimotility drugs
  • Antimuscarinics, bronchodilators
  • Antimuscarinics, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal uses
  • Antimuscarinics, genitourinary uses
  • Antipsychotics, first-generation (typical)
  • Antipsychotics, second-generation (atypical)
  • Aspirin
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Beta2-agonists
  • Beta-blockers
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Calcium and vitamin D
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Carbamazepine
  • Cephalosporins and carbapenems
  • Clopidogrel
  • Compound (?2-agonist-corticosteroid) inhalers
  • Corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), systemic
  • Corticosteroids, inhaled
  • Corticosteroids, topical
  • Digoxin
  • Dipyridamole
  • Diuretics, loop
  • Diuretics, potassium-sparing
  • Diuretics, thiazide and thiazide-like
  • Dopaminergic drugs for Parkinson's disease
  • Emollients
  • Fibrinolytic drugs
  • Gabapentin and pregabalin
  • H2-receptor antagonists
  • Heparins and fondaparinux
  • Insulin
  • Iron
  • Laxatives, bulk forming
  • Laxatives, osmotic
  • Laxatives, stimulant
  • Lidocaine
  • Macrolides
  • Metformin
  • Methotrexate
  • Metronidazole
  • Naloxone
  • Nicorandil
  • Nicotine replacement and related drugs
  • Nitrates
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ocular lubricants (artificial tears)
  • Oestrogens and progestogens
  • Opioids, compound preparations
  • Opioids, strong
  • Opioids, weak
  • Oxygen
  • Paracetamol
  • Penicillins
  • Penicillins, antipseudomonal
  • Penicillins, broad-spectrum
  • Penicillins, penicillinase-resistant
  • Phenytoin
  • Phosphodiesterase (type 5) inhibitors
  • Potassium, oral
  • Prostaglandin analogue eye drops
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Quinine
  • Quinolones
  • Statins
  • Sulphonylureas
  • Tetracyclines
  • Thiazolidinediones
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Trimethoprim
  • Vaccines
  • Valproate
  • Vancomycin
  • Vitamins
  • Warfarin
  • Z-drugs
  • 5?-reductase inhibitors


  • Colloids (plasma substitutes)
  • Compound sodium lactate (Hartmann's solution)
  • Glucose (dextrose)
  • Potassium, intravenous
  • Sodium chloride

Self-assessment and knowledge integration

50 single best answer questions

Answers including explanatory texts


ISBN-13: 9780702055157
Publisher: Elsevier (Churchill Livingstone)
Publication date: May, 2014
Pages: None

Subcategories: Diseases and Disorders, Pharmacology