Usher, Kim J, Luck, Lauretta D, and Foster, Kim N (2005) Psychopharmacology. In: Elder, R., Evans, K., and Nizette, D., (eds.) Psychiatric and mental health nursing. Elsevier Australia, Marrickville, Australia, pp. 404-418.

Full text not available from this repository


Psychotropic medications play an important role in the treatment of mental illness. The nurse plays a pivotal role in medication administration and patient education. It is also important for the nurse to be aware of the potential side-effects and interactions of these drugs. Assisting the patient to understand the importance of taking psychotropic medication as prescribed and the issues surrounding compliance/adherence is an important skill for the mental health nurse. Polypharmacy is to be avoided where possible, especially the tendency to use drugs from different classes at the same time. Its use with older people is not advised. Issues related to as-needed (PRN) medication administration are of contemporary relevance. Nursing assessment and interventions related to psychopharmacological side-effects is important knowledge for the mental health nurse.

Item ID: 671
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 0-7295-3729-3
Keywords: Akathisia, Anti-anxiety medications, Anticholinergic, Antidepressant medications, Antiparkinsonian medication, Antipsychotic medication, Atypical antipsychotic medication, Extrapyramidal symptoms, Medication compliance/adherence, Mood-stabilising medication, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, Neuroleptic medication, Parkinson's syndrome, Polypharmacy, Pro re nata (PRN) medications, Psychopharmacology, Psychotropic medication, Tardive dyskinesia
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page