Worst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death Or Illness

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 4, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 913 pages
"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
  • Macrobid
Patients 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.
 

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Contents

Misprescribing and Overprescribing of Drugs
1
Adverse Drug Reactions
10
DrugInduced Diseases
17
Drugs for Heart Conditions
45
Mind Drugs
166
Drugs for Pain and Arthritis
279
Drugs for Cough Cold Allergy and Asthma
351
Proper Use of Inhalers
359
Eye Drugs
498
Drugs for Gastrointestinal Disorders
529
Drugs for Osteoporosis
582
Drugs for Alzheimers Disease
599
Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction
608
Drugs for Urinary Disorders
616
Drugs for Neurological Disorders
625
Adrenal Steroids
664

Asthma
382
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Lung Disease
399
Drugs for Diabetes
405
Drug Profiles
411
Diet Drugs
430
Oral Contraceptives
436
Drugs for Migraine Headaches
448
Thyroid Replacement Drugs
457
Drug Profiles
466
Muscle Relaxants
483
Drugs for Enlarged Prostate
489
Drugs for Infections
673
Hormones
760
Drugs for Smoking Cessation
779
Vitamins and Minerals
791
Dietary and Herbal Supplements
824
Preventable DrugInduced Injury
862
Saving Money When Buying Prescription Drugs
874
Glossary
889
MedWatch Form
899
Drug Worksheet
922
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Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., is the director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, DC, a consumer lobbying group that he cofounded with Ralph Nader in 1971. His previous bestsellers include Pills That Don't Work and Over-the-Counter Pills That Don't Work.

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