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Prescribing 

Prescribing
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Prescribing
Author(s):

Tim Raine

, James Dawson

, Stephan Sanders

, and Simon Eccles

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199683819.003.0004
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date: 09 December 2021

Prescribing – general considerations

How to prescribe – best practice

Drug interactions

Reporting adverse drug reactions

Special considerations

Controlled drugs

Enzyme inducers and inhibitors

Endocarditis prophylaxis

Night sedation

Steroid therapy

Topical corticosteroids

Empirical antibiotic treatment

Clostridium difficile (C. diff)

Prescribing medicines is rarely taught well in medical school, yet it is one of the first tasks you’ll be asked to do on day one. Even the most experienced of doctors will only know by heart the dose and frequency of a maximum of 30–40 drugs, so do not worry if you cannot even remember the dose of paracetamol; for adults it’s 1g/4–6h PO max 4g/24h in divided doses (...

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