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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Please listen all of the Republicans which subscribe to this newsletter: After receiving these issues for more than a year. I read through Michael Carome, MD's editor's review. He is consistently bashing our elected president. Their last issue in August 2017, states how this paper has worked with: NY Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA today, CNN, Diane Rehm Show & NBC Nightly News. There is 'no mention' of Fox News. This news letter is using each edition to publicize their political agenda. I want to know about different drugs - what is occurring with the FDA - but 'DON'T use this paper to reach the public with your pretense of caring about public safety and then 'SLIDE IN' your political views. Publication page 2 vol. 23 # 5, stated Trump' is reckless, and ill-informed vision for deregulating the FDA's review & approval process for prescription medication. Trump 'just got there', why didn't you bash the OBAMA administration for allowing all of the issues to continue with prescription drugs? Why haven't you pointed out the medicine which is brought in from China & other countries? How much attention to FDA turning it's back under the previous administration? NO MORE OF YOUR POLITICAL AGENDA. The hate and corruption from the Liberal side is suffocating & disgusting and you Dr. Carome, MD Director is keeping the fire of hate burning instead of helping. Take a tums or baking soda and let your fire of hatred go away. Your paper serves more than just the Liberal audience. I am hopeful 'each & every' person Liberal or Conservative will evaluate your performance in helping to establish the truth about medicine or whether your articles are a way of you presenting your own political agenda. Please ' remove my name from your computer', I will find medical reviews elsewhere. CH Abernathy - North Carolina USA August 2017  

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This book is such a contrast to the TV commercials selling drugs, and of course there are warnings about not taking yourself off the drugs without talking to your doctor everywhere! There is no excuse not to do that.Far more patients die needlessly of drug interactions, because they don’t know the side effects, or the lethal combinations of their drugs.
We need books and people who look out for the public and are knowledgable enough to warn us, and do not profit like the drug corporations do, from selling these drugs.I find the information life saving. Instead of just swallowing “tainted cool aid,” ask questions. As far as I know, knowledge has not killed anyone, if you combine it with consulting with your doctor and taking your concerns and the information to open up a discussion at your next office visit… you can’t go wrong. The woman who took her self off the drugs has no one to blame, but herself, because she did not do that. Unfortunate decision she made.

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About the author (2005)

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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