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Essential for Primary Care
on January 2, 2013
I am a primary care NP. I encounter patients who are already on a lot of psych meds and I also prescribe meds for depression, anxiety, etc. I have found this book to be absolutely essential. It covers each drug individually, and covers dosing, side effects, interactions, special populations, etc. in a complete yet concise manner. I recently had a patient who wanted to stop taking Cymbalta, which had been prescribed for fibromyalgia. I needed to quickly know approximately how long a taper I needed to design for her, and the information was in this book, as opposed to the ambiguous language of the manufacturer's prescribing guide.
There is one problem for me, though. I immediately realized that this is a book I want in my office *and* at home. I want it at home -- either in print or digital form -- for those times when I am on call and say, a patient calls on a Saturday with complaints of side effects of one of these medications. Or maybe they want to stop the drug, like my patient on Cymbalta. But when I went to the online website (sorry, Amazon probably won't let me link to it), the publisher wants $195/year for a subscription to Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology online. While Essential Pharmacology consists of more than just the Prescriber's Guide, I don't really need that. I just want to buy this book. There is no Kindle version of this book, and there is no smartphone app. So I am left to decide whether I want to buy another print version or maybe buy a cheaper print version of an earlier edition. The $195 online access is just way too expensive. The publisher needs to get with the times and offer reasonably-priced digital/online/app versions of this book.