Top positive review
A compact, concise alternative to the BNF
on 24 July 2014
This is a compact alternative to the BNF, covering only common/useful drugs. Each drug is listed with its generic and trade name,, what it is used for, contraindications, cautions, side effects, things to monitor, interactions and dosing. Antibiotics are in a separate chapter and divided up by condition (e.g. community-acquired pneumonia). There are also chapters on drugs for hypertension, asthma, analgesia, palliative care, antiemetics, alcohol withdrawal, antidepressants, as well as a whole chapter on medical emergencies.
- Size. This is small enough to carry around and remain unobtrusive
- Comprehensive. I found this to be more than sufficient for my general practise rotation, there were no drugs I couldn't find.
- Handy extras include algorithms for cardiac arrest, TIA and anaphylaxis, as well as a chapter on how to prescribe
- Obviously this is not as comprehensive as the BNF, and so with regards to specialist drugs it is lacking