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The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs
The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs Author:James W. Long, M.D. This guide belongs in every home in America. Everything that you, the consumer, need to know bout the most commonly prescribed drugs (and some frequently used over-the-counter drugs) sold in the United States and Canada will be found within its pages. "Need to know" are words to be taken literally. Three billion prescriptions are written annu... more »ally. Antacids, aspirin, and vitamins are consumed in staggering quantities. If you are not fully informed about the characteristics, cautions, side and adverse effects, and interactions inherent in these drugs or in combinations of these drugs, there is a very real chance that trouble will ensue.
Drug information is presented in the form of over 200 "Drug Profiles" arranged by generic (official) name. More than 1370 brand names are listed under these generic names, and a cross-index enables you to look up the brand name of the drug you are taking and locate the appropriate Profile.
The Profiles offer essential facts arranged in uniform categories. This format makes it simple to locate specific information about a particular drug. For example, the pregnant woman can check Advisability of Use During Pregnancy in the Profile of a medication she is about to use. Side-Effects and Adverse Effects will tell whether the reactions you may be having to a drug are nothing to be concerned about or are an indication that you should call your doctor. Is it safe to drink when using a particular tranquilizer? How long should it take for your new medicine to work? Precise information will allow you to use the drugs you are taking with the greatest benefit and the least risk. A Glossary and 14 ready-reference tables offer further information.
This book is not a do-it-yourself manual that can substitute for the professional judgment of your doctor. Drugs, properly used, are indispensable in the treatment of much illness. Because modern drugs are complex and potent chemical substances, reliable knowledge about them is as necessary for the patient as for the doctor. Such information has long been available to professionals through the physician package insert, but not to the public at large. Dr. James W. Long has written this book to be the equivalent of a patient package insert. It brings you information that you have the right as well as the need to know.« less