Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health

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Penguin, Feb 28, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 448 pages
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A medical expert reveals risks of the most commonly prescribed drugs-and why the drug industry doesn't want consumers to know about them.

Recent scandals involving diabetes drugs, Vioxx, and many other medications reveal the serious and undisclosed risks of some of the most commonly used prescription drugs in this country. In Before You Take That Pill, Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, a researcher and clinician at Emory University whose study on Accutane and depression made headlines, offers an inside look at the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a scientifically backed assessment of the risks of more than three hundred prescribed medications, vitamins, and supplements.

While many drugs are essential to the health of consumers, as Dr. Bremner explains, for many people, the benefits may not outweigh the potential side effects. This book contains warnings that are not on the drug labels. It also exposes tricks of the trade that demonstrate how the profit-making interests of "big pharma" may not always be in line with the safety of the public - from the corruption that exists in the drug approval process to the tactics drug companies use to encourage doctors to prescribe their products. Most important, Before You Take That Pill empowers readers by giving them sound information on specific medications so they can understand and weigh the potential risk themselves. Backed by the latest studies, as well as insight from a doctor who is in the trenches, this book should be on the shelf of every drug consumer.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Drug Problem
7
Arthritis Medications
23
Acne Treatments
43
CholesterolLowering Medications Statins
55
Antihypertensives
90
Diet Pills
116
Asthma and Allergy Medications
130
Osteoporosis Drugs
216
Oral Contraceptive Pills and Hormone
234
Diabetes Drugs
258
Drugs for Dementia
274
Antidepressants
288
Insomnia Treatments
315
Drugs for Sexual Dysfunction
334
Medications for Children
381

Enlarged Prostate
148
Treatments for Ulcers and Gastric Reflux
157
Antibiotics and Vaccines
172
Acknowledgments
397
Books for Further Reading
427
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About the author (2008)

J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., is a researcher and physician at Emory University School of Medicine. Currently a professor of psychiatry and radiology, he is also the director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit and the director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. His research on Accutane and depression was highly publicized and featured in USA Today. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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