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Worst Pills, Best Pills : A Consumer's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness - Sid M. Wolfe

Worst Pills, Best Pills

A Consumer's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness

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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 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
  • MacrobidPatients 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.

  • Introduction
    How This Book Was Compiled
    Medical Advisers
    Index of Drugs
    Misprescribing and Overprescribing of Drugs
    Evidence of Misprescribing and Overprescribing
    The Causes of Misprescribing and Overprescribing
    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
    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
    GasDrug 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
    AntibioticsPenicillins 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
    GlaucomaDrug Profiles Drugs for Other Conditions Drug Listings
    Corticosteroids Drug Profiles
    Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Preventable Drug-induced Injury
    Sample Drug Worksheet
    Saving Money While Avoiding Injury When Buying Prescription Drugs
    Glossary Drug Worksheet
    Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780743492560
    ISBN-10: 0743492560
    Series: Worst Pills, Best Pills
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 960
    Published: 4th January 2005
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 20.32  x 5.08
    Weight (kg): 1.71
    Edition Number: 2
    Edition Type: Revised