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
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"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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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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Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., is the director of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, D.C., a consumer-lobbying group that he co-founded 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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