• This
    book is a comprehensive resource on psychotropic medications, detailing the
    latest methods for defining their characteristics, their use in different
    patient populations, and drug-drug interactions; an important collection of
    information forclinicians, students, researchers, and members of the
    pharmaceutical industry alike.

    first section provides the foundational principles of these drugs. Mathematical
    modeling of parameters that affect their entryto,and exit from, the central
    nervous system (CNS) compartment are presented on an individual basis and then
    applied to target populations with specific disease states. Methods and
    characteristics that inform the transfer of these drugs from the laboratory
    bench to use in patient care are discussed, including imaging techniques,
    genetics and physiological barriers, such as the blood-brain barrier. The second
    section describes the characteristics of specific agents,nominally arranged
    intodifferent therapeutic categories and with reference crossover use in
    different disease states. The pharmacologic characteristics of different drug
    formulations are explored in the context of their ability to improve patient
    adherence. The third section focuses on drug-drug interactions.Psychotropic medications
    from different categories are frequently prescribed together,or alongside
    medications used to treat comorbid conditions, and the information provided is
    directly relevant to the clinic, as a result.
    clinical application of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of CNS agents has
    made significant progress over the past 50 years and new information is reported
    by numerous publications in psychiatry, neurology, and pharmacology.Our
    understanding of the interrelationship between these medications, receptors,
    drug transporters, as well as techniques for measurement and monitoring their
    interactions,isfrequently updated. However, with information presented on a
    host of different platforms, and in different formats, obtaining the full
    picture can be difficult. This title aims to collate this information into a
    single source that can be easily interpreted and applied towards patient care
    by the clinical practitioner, and act as a reference for all others who have an
    interest in psychopharmacological agents.