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The essential guide to prescription drugs
Rybacki, James J.
Personal Author:
2000 edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperPerennial, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 1184 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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A HarperResource Book.
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RM300 .R93 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs  provides more detailed and comprehensive information on the most important drugs in current use than any other reference source available to the general public. It includes suggestions for how consumers can lower their prescription costs and other medical expenses as well as tips for how pharmacists and physicians can control medical costs, making it a resource doctors, pharmacists and other health care professionals will want to consult as well. With each drug profile, you'll find: The benefits versus the risks of the drugs highlighted in an easy-to-read, quick-reference box The generic and brand names of the drug, including whether the drug is available generically The principal uses of the drug How the drug works How safe it is to take, including the possible risks of taking it Possible effects of the drug on sexual function Whether it's safe to use if you're pregnant or breastfeeding Precautions to take if you're over 60

Author Notes

James J. Rybacki, Pharm.D., President of the Clearwater Group, an international therapeutic research and management concern, is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, serves on the steering committee of the Society for Clinical Densitometry, is an editor for the Drugdex Drug Information System and is a member of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Distinguished Faculty in HIV. In addition, Dr. Rybacki is the original host of "The Pharmacist Minute," a radio program heard in more than 140 countries around the world.
James W. Long, M.D., is a former director of Health Services for the National Science Foundation, practiced internal medicine for 20 years, served at the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, and was a member of the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Author's Note for the 2000 Editionp. v
Points for Patientsp. ix
Points for Pharmacistsp. xv
Points for Physiciansp. xix
Section 1
1. How to Use This Bookp. 1
2. Guidelines for Safe and Effective Drug Use or How to Prevent Bad Med Syndromep. 12
Medicines and Pharmacy on the Internetp. 12
Do Notp. 13
Dop. 14
Preventing Adverse Drug Reactionsp. 16
Drugs and the Elderlyp. 18
Measuring Drug Levels in Blood (Therapeutic Drug Monitoring)p. 21
3. True Breakthroughs in Medicinesp. 24
Section 2 Drug Profilesp. 27
Section 3 The Leading Edgep. 1075
Section 4 Drug Classesp. 1081
Section 5 A Glossary of Drug-Related Termsp. 1099
Section 6 Tables of Drug Informationp. 1117
1. Drugs That May Adversely Affect the Fetus and Newborn Infantp. 1119
2. Drugs That May Increase Sensitivity to the Sun (Photosensitivity)p. 1120
3. Drugs That May Adversely Affect Behaviorp. 1120
4. Drugs That May Adversely Affect Visionp. 1123
5. Drugs That May Cause Blood Cell Dysfunction or Damagep. 1125
6. Drugs That May Cause Heart Dysfunction or Damagep. 1127
7. Drugs That May Cause Lung Dysfunction or Damagep. 1129
8. Drugs That May Cause Liver Dysfunction or Damagep. 1130
9. Drugs That May Cause Kidney Dysfunction or Damagep. 1132
10. Drugs That May Cause Nerve Dysfunction or Damagep. 1134
11. Drugs That May Adversely Affect Sexualityp. 1135
12. Drugs That May Interact With Alcoholp. 1141
13. High-Potassium Foodsp. 1145
14. Your Personal Drug Profilep. 1146
15. The Medication Mapp. 1148
16. Medicines Removed from the Marketp. 1149
Sourcesp. 1151
Indexp. 1157