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Worst pills, best pills : a consumer's guide to avoiding drug- induced death or illness
Wolfe, Sidney M.
Publication Information:
New York : Pocket Books, [1999]

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772 pages ; 24 cm
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RC953.7 .W67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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An updated consumer's guide to frequently prescribed medications offers valuable information on dangerous drugs, hundreds of safer alternative medications, the two hundred most commonly prescribed pills, and new drugs on the market. Reprint.

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Table of Contents

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
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