Synopses & Reviews
"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:
- Desogen & OrthoCept
- Entex LA
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.
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
How This Book Was Compiled
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
High Blood Pressure
Calcium Channel Blockers
Tranquilizers and Sleeping Pills
Painkillers and Arthritis Drugs
Arthritis and Inflammation
Cold, Cough, Allergy, and Asthma Drugs
Allergy and Hay Fever
Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, and Emphysema
Drugs for Infections
Penicillins and Cephalosporins
Drugs for Diabetes
Diabetes and Its Treatment
Drugs for Neurological Disorders
General Instructions for Application of Eye Drops and Ointment
Drugs for Other Conditions
4: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Preventable Drug-induced Injury
Sample Drug Worksheet
5: Saving Money While Avoiding Injury When Buying Prescription Drugs