Miscellaneous Antidepressants

The miscellaneous antidepressant drugs are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to the drugs. Among the miscellaneous antidepressants, bupropion and maprotiline are Pregnancy Category B drugs. Other miscellaneous antidepressants discussed in this chapter are Pregnancy Category C drugs. Safe use of the antidepressants during pregnancy has not been established. They should be used during pregnancy only when the potential benefits outweigh the potential hazards to the developing...

Bile Acid Sequestrants

Cholestyramine (Questran) and colestipol (Colestid) are examples of bile acid sequestrants. Bile, which is manufactured and secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, emulsifies fat and lipids as these products pass through the intestine. Once emulsified, fats and lipids are readily absorbed in the intestine. These drugs bind to bile acids to form an insoluble substance that cannot be absorbed by the intestine, so it is secreted in the feces. With increased loss of bile acids, the...

Antianxiety Drugs

Antianxiety drugs anxiety anxiolytics benzodiazepine withdrawal On completion of this chapter, the student will Name the three types of psychotherapeutic drugs. Discuss the uses, general drug actions, general adverse reactions, contraindications, precautions, and interactions associated with the administration of the antianxiety drugs. Discuss important preadministration and ongoing assessment activities the nurse should perform on the patient taking antianxiety drugs. List some nursing...