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Medicines 

Medicines
Chapter:
Medicines
Author(s):

Helen Waldock

, Shameen Mir

, Neil Brimblecombe

, Helen Waldock

, Helen Waldock

, Helen Waldock

, Shameen Mir

, and Neil Brimblecombe

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703853.003.0009
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date: 09 May 2021

This chapter provides a brief account of the main medicines used in the treatment of mental health problems, including typical and atypical antipsychotics, antidepressants, medicines for bipolar disorder, and anxiolytics. It describes the routes of safe administration, discusses the assessment and management of side effects, and outlines good-practice procedures relating to the use of these medicines. It also focuses on nurse prescribers and the role that mental health nurses can play in improving both patient access to medication, and their satisfaction with service provision.

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