Stockley’s drug interactions pocket companion 2014
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Some time ago we reviewed the 2008 version of this convenient pocketbook. The ‘big’ Stockley’s remains a famous reference work that provides concise, accurate, and rather complete information on clinically relevant drug–drug interactions (DDIs).
The first edition was published in 1981, and ever since it has been updated. Digital versions of Stockley contain all the information in the print version (with the exception of the back-of-book index) and are updated with new and revised information every quarter. Stockleys provides the guidance that practitioners need in the minefield of interactions. In practice the almost continuous debate about clinical relevance of interactions is often concluded by a quick search in the smaller brother, the pocket book.
The pocket companion is a printed excerpt made by clinicians, easy to use, but it still contains over 2,200 monographs. Each monograph gives concise information on the interaction, its clinical relevance and what to do with it in practice. Some relevant interactions with food or herbal medicines are also included. You can take the book along, since it fits in the pocket of your coat or jacket.
The user has to be aware, however, that sometimes drug-groups are discussed, instead of the individual drugs. There is, for instance, a section on antihypertensives, which basically only stresses that you get an additional effect on the blood pressure, when you combine two of such drugs. In the index it appears as if there is a separate monograph for each individual drug. The user also must learn to work through the index only. When checking in the monographs for interactions with zopiclone, no interactions are shown (‘No interaction monographs have been included for drugs beginning with the letter Z’). Nevertheless in the index, nine interactions can be found.
On the wards, but also when doing medication reviews, this Pocket Companion comes in very handy, but in the future a tablet version would probably even be better. Paper reference works are slowly disappearing from practice.