Worst Pills, Best Pills

Worst Pills, Best Pills : A Consumer's Guide to Preventing Drug-Induced Deat

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"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 TimesIt 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:UltramDarvoset-NLopidDesogen & OrthoCeptElavilAtivanRestorilFlexerilValiumBentylEntex LAGlucophageMacrobidPatients 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.
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  • United States
  • 143913880X
  • 9781439138809

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CONTENTSIntroductionHow This Book Was CompiledMedical AdvisersIndex of Drugs1: Misprescribing and Overprescribing of DrugsEvidence of Misprescribing and OverprescribingThe Causes of Misprescribing and Overprescribing 2: Adverse Drug ReactionsHow 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 MovementsDrugs That Can Disturb BalanceDrugs That Can Cause Sexual DysfunctionDrugs 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 ConsumersHow to Use This Chapter Drugs for Heart Conditions Drug ListingsHigh Blood Pressure Potassium Supplementation Beta-blockers Calcium Channel BlockersCholesterol-lowering Drugs Drug ProfilesMind DrugsDrug Listings Tranquilizers and Sleeping Pills Antipsychotic DrugsDepression Drug Profiles Painkillers and Arthritis Drugs Drug Listings Salicylates NarcoticsArthritis and Inflammation Drug Profiles Gastrointestinal DrugsDrug ListingsDiarrhea ConstipationGasDrug ProfilesCold, Cough, Allergy, and Asthma DrugsDrug Listings Cold Allergy and Hay Fever Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, and EmphysemaDrug ProfilesDrugs for Infections Drug ListingsAntibioticsPenicillins and Cephalosporins Fluoroquinolones Tetracyclines Drug Profiles Drugs for DiabetesDrug ListingsDiabetes and Its Treatment Drug ProfilesDrugs for Neurological Disorders Drug ListingsDrug Profiles Nutritional SupplementsSupplement Listings Nutritional SupplementsSupplement ProfilesEye DrugsDrug ListingsGeneral Instructions for Application of Eye Drops and OintmentGlaucomaDrug Profiles Drugs for Other Conditions Drug ListingsCorticosteroids Drug Profiles4: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Preventable Drug-induced Injury Sample Drug Worksheet5: Saving Money While Avoiding Injury When Buying Prescription DrugsGlossary Drug Worksheet
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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.
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