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Worst Pills, Best Pills: a Consumer's Guide To Avoiding Drug-induced Death Or Illness

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Publisher Comments:

"More than 100,000 people a year die in American hospitals from adverse reactions to medication, making drug reactions one of the leading causes of death in this country, researchers are reporting today...."

Journal of the American Medical Association study, as quoted in The New York Times

It is no longer a secret that adverse drug reactions can be dangerous or even fatal, or that doctors often prescribe two relatively safe drugs — which may cause a life-threatening interaction if taken together. THIS IS THE BOOK THAT TELLS YOU WHAT OTHER PILL BOOKS WON'T ABOUT YOUR MEDICATION!

Top-selling drugs that are among the 160 Do Not Use Drugs discussed inside:

  • Ultram
  • Darvoset-N
  • Lopid
  • Desogen & OrthoCept
  • Elavil
  • Ativan
  • Restoril
  • Flexeril
  • Valium
  • Bentyl
  • Entex LA
  • Glucophage
  • Macrobid
Patients fill more than 80 million prescriptions a year for these drugs!

Consumer advocate Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, has thoroughly revised and updated this accessible, indispensable bestseller that alerts you to the potential risks of hundreds of medications available today. Worst Pills, Best Pills gives you the information you need to become actively involved in caring for yourself — by asking your doctor smart questions about the drugs prescribed for you. Arranged by disease/condition, it offers chapters on adverse drug reactions, alphabetical indexes listing pills by their brand and generic names, new information about commonly used drugs, guidelines for helping you to say "no" if your doctor prescribes a drug you should not take, and safer alternative choices. Worst Pills, Best Pills also includes startling information about certain drugs that can actually cause depression, hallucinations or psychoses, sexual dysfunction, dementia, auto accidents, insomnia, parkinsonism, and more.

Caution: Call your doctor before stopping the use of any drug.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references.

About the Author

Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., is the director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, D.C., a consumer lobbying group that he cofounded with Ralph Nader in 1971. His previous bestsellers include Pills That Don't Work and Over-the-Counter Pills That Don't Work.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

How This Book Was Compiled

Medical Advisers

Index of Drugs

1: Misprescribing and Overprescribing of Drugs

Evidence of Misprescribing and Overprescribing

The Causes of Misprescribing and Overprescribing

2: Adverse Drug Reactions

How Extensive Is the Problem of Specific Adverse Drug Reactions?

Specific Patient Examples

Nine Reasons Why Older Adults Are More Likely Than Younger Adults to Have Adverse Drug Reactions

Which Adverse Effects Can Be Caused by Which Drugs?

Summary of Adverse Reactions and the Drugs That Cause Them

Drugs That Can Affect the Mind (Such as Those Causing Depression or Psychoses)

Drugs That Can Cause Abnormal, Involuntary Movements

Drugs That Can Disturb Balance

Drugs That Can Cause Sexual Dysfunction

Drugs That Can Affect the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract

Drugs That Can Cause Lung Toxicity

Drugs That Can Affect the Urinary Tract

3: 456 Drugs Commonly Used by Consumers

How to Use This Chapter

Drugs for Heart Conditions

Drug Listings

High Blood Pressure

Potassium Supplementation

Beta-blockers

Calcium Channel Blockers

Cholesterol-lowering Drugs

Drug Profiles

Mind Drugs

Drug Listings

Tranquilizers and Sleeping Pills

Antipsychotic Drugs

Depression

Drug Profiles

Painkillers and Arthritis Drugs

Drug Listings

Salicylates

Narcotics

Arthritis and Inflammation

Drug Profiles

Gastrointestinal Drugs

Drug Listings

Diarrhea

Constipation

Gas

Drug Profiles

Cold, Cough, Allergy, and Asthma Drugs

Drug Listings

Cold

Allergy and Hay Fever

Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, and Emphysema

Drug Profiles

Drugs for Infections

Drug Listings

Antibiotics

Penicillins and Cephalosporins

Fluoroquinolones

Tetracyclines

Drug Profiles

Drugs for Diabetes

Drug Listings

Diabetes and Its Treatment

Drug Profiles

Drugs for Neurological Disorders

Drug Listings

Drug Profiles

Nutritional Supplements

Supplement Listings

Nutritional Supplements

Supplement Profiles

Eye Drugs

Drug Listings

General Instructions for Application of Eye Drops and Ointment

Glaucoma

Drug Profiles

Drugs for Other Conditions

Drug Listings

Corticosteroids

Drug Profiles

4: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Preventable Drug-induced Injury

Sample Drug Worksheet

5: Saving Money While Avoiding Injury When Buying Prescription Drugs

Glossary

Drug Worksheet

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671019181
Subtitle:
A Consumer's Guide to Preventing Drug-Induced Death
Author:
Wolfe, Sidney M.
Author:
Wolfe, Sid M.
Author:
Sasich, Larry D.
Author:
Public Citizen Health Group
Publisher:
Pocket
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Drug Guides
Subject:
Drugs
Subject:
Testing
Subject:
Consumer education
Subject:
Geriatric pharmacology
Subject:
Patient education
Subject:
Drug interactions
Subject:
Dosage
Subject:
Drug Therapy
Subject:
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Subject:
General Medical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
816
Dimensions:
9.26x8.05x1.78 in. 3.30 lbs.

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