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Worst pills, best pills : a consumer's guide to avoiding drug-induced death or illness

Autore: Sidney M Wolfe; et al
Editore: New York : Pocket Books, 2005.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : English : [Fully rev. and expanded]. Pocket Books trade pbk. edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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A consumer's guide to frequently prescribed medications offers information on dangerous drugs, hundreds of safer alternative medications, the two hundred most commonly prescribed pills, and new drugs on the market.
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Genere/forma: Popular works
Tipo materiale: Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Sidney M Wolfe; et al
ISBN: 0743492560 9780743492560
Numero OCLC: 57344537
Descrizione: xxxiii, 914 p. ; 24 cm.
Contenuti: Introduction --
How this book was compiled --
How to use this book --
Guide to the drug and supplement profiles --
Medical consultants --
1. Misprescribing and overprescribing of drugs --
Evidence of misprescribing and overprescribing --
The causes of misprescribing and overprescribing --
2. Adverse drug reactions --
How serious is the problem and how often and why does it occur? --
Nine reasons why older adults are more likely than younger adults to have adverse drug reactions --
3. Drug-induced diseases --
How extensive is the problem of specific adverse drug reactions? --
Specific patient examples of drug-induced diseases --
Which adverse effects can be caused by which drugs? --
Drugs that can affect the mind --
Drugs that can cause abnormal, involuntary movements --
Drugs that can disturb balance --
Drugs that can cause sexual dysfunction --
Drugs that can affect the gastrointestinal tract --
Drugs that can cause lung toxicity --
Drugs that can affect the urinary tract. 4. Drugs for heart conditions --
High blood pressure --
High blood pressure in pregnancy --
Leg swelling (edema) in pregnancy --
Nondrug treatment of high blood pressure --
When is drug treatment necessary? --
Which drug to use? --
Common adverse effects of high blood pressure drugs --
Stopping drug treatment --
Drugs used to treat high blood pressure --
Elevated cholesterol levels --
Nondrug lowering of cholesterol --
Cholesterol-lowering drugs for people 70 and older --
Cholesterol-lowering drugs and cancer --
When is drug treatment necessary? --
Potassium supplementation --
Who needs nondietary potassium supplementation? --
Who does not need it? --
Three ways to increase your potassium levels --
Drug profiles --
High blood pressure --
Thiazide diuretics --
Thiazide-like diuretics --
Loop diuretics --
Potassium-sparing diuretics --
Angiotensin receptor blockers --
Beta-blockers --
ACE inhibitors --
Calcium channel blockers, short-acting --
Calcium channel blockers, long-acting --
Alpha-blockers --
Other drugs for high blood pressure --
High cholesterol --
Fibrates --
Statins --
Other drugs for high cholesterol --
Abnormal heart rhythm --
Heart failure and angina --
Other heart drugs. 5. Mind drugs --
Sleeping pills and tranquilizers --
How often are these drugs prescribed? --
How much use is justified in view of the significant risks? --
What are the main risks of sleeping pills and tranquilizers? --
Reducing the risks from sleeping pills and tranquilizers? --
Which tranquilizers or sleeping pills should you use, if any? --
Antipsychotic drugs : another group of dangerously overused drugs --
Drugs that can cause psychoses (hallucinations) or delirium --
How ofter are antipsychotic drugs used in older adults? --
What are these antipsychotic drugs being prescribed for, in not for schizophrenia and other psychoses? --
Has federal regulation improved the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes? --
Benefits and risks of antipsychotic drugs --
What are the main adverse effects of antipsychotic drugs? --
Depression : when are drugs called for and which ones should you use? --
Should everyone who is sad or depressed take antidepressants? --
Kinds of depression --
Other uses, usually inappropriate, for antidepressants --
What are the best and worst treatments for severe depression? --
The main risks of antidepressant drugs --
Drug profiles --
Depression --
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors --
Tricyclics --
Other drugs for depression --
Sleeping pills and tranquillizers --
Benzodiazepines --
Other sleeping pills and tranquilizers --
Schizophrenia --
Atypical antipsychotics --
Traditional or typical antipsychotics --
Mania. 6. Drugs for pain and arthritis --
Salicylates --
Aspirin --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs --
Narcotics --
Use of narcotics --
Wanted and unwanted effects of narcotics --
Taking narcotics --
Arthritis and inflammation --
Rheumatoid arthritis --
Osteoarthritis --
Gout --
Infectious arthritis --
Drug profiles --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs --
Salicylates --
Nonnarcotic painkillers --
Opiate-containing painkillers --
Barbiturates --
Arthritis and gout --
7. Drugs for cough, cold, allergy, and asthma --
Cough and cold --
Combination drugs for cold, cough, or allergy --
What is the common cold? --
How to treat a cold --
Sore throat --
Cough : a necessary evil --
Fever, headache, and muscle aches --
When to seek medical help --
Allergy and hay fever --
How to treat allergic symptoms --
Drugs for allergy --
Asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema --
Treatment --
Proper use of inhalers --
Drug profiles --
Cough, cold, and allergy --
Antihistamines--
Decongestants --
Cough suppressants --
Combination antihistamines, decongestants, and/or cough preparations --
Nasal steroids --
Asthma --
Beta agonists --
Xanthines --
Inhaled steroids --
Leukotriene inhibitors --
Chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease. 8. Drugs for diabetes --
Diabetes prevention and treatment --
What is diabetes? --
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type 1) --
Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type 2) --
Health care for diabetics --
Drug profiles --
Sulfonylureas --
Insulins --
Thiazolidinediones (glitazones) --
Biguanides --
Meglitinides --
9. Diet drugs --
No evidence that diet drugs work--
Drug profiles --
10. Oral contraceptives --
Pregnancy prevention --
Adverse effects --
Health benefits --
Drug profiles --
Second-generation oral contraceptives --
Third-generation oral contraceptives --
Other oral contraceptives --
11. Drugs for migraine headaches --
Treating migraine headaches --
Drug profiles --
Serotonin stimulators --
Other drugs for migraine headaches --
12. Thyroid replacement drugs --
Thyroid hormone --
Levothyroxine and the FDA --
T4 alone or combined with T3? --
Beware of doctors diagnosing "Wilson's syndrome" and compounding pharmacists --
Drug profiles --
13. Drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder --
Diagnosis and treatment --
ADHD in adults --
Drug profiles --
Central nervous system stimulants --
14. Muscle relaxants --
Lack of effectiveness --
Drug profiles --
15. Drugs for enlarged prostate --
Benign prostatic hypertrophy --
Drug profiles --
Alpha-blockers --
5-alpha reductase inhibitors. 16. Eye drugs --
General instructions for application of eye drops and ointment --
Glaucoma --
Drug profiles --
Glaucoma --
Infection --
Inflammation --
Allergy --
Artificial tears --
17. Drugs for gastrointestinal disorders --
Ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) --
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) --
Constipation --
Diarrhea --
Gas --
Drug profiles --
Ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) --
Antacids --
Histamine2-blockers --
Proton pump inhibitors --
Prostaglandins--
Antibiotic-containing treatments --
Coating agents --
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) --
Nausea --
Constipation --
Diarrhea --
Other gastrointestinal drugs --
18. Drugs for osteoporosis --
The great failed hormone replacement experiment --
A safer approach : exercise, calcium, and vitamin D supplementation --
Drug profiles --
Bisphosphonates --
Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) --
Hormones --
Parathyroid hormone --
19. Drugs for Alzheimer's disease --
Overview --
Drug profiles --
Cholinesterase inhibitors --
NMDA receptor inhibitors --
Ergot derivatives --
20. Drugs for erectile dysfunction --
Overview --
Drug profiles --
Phosphodiesterase inhibitors --
21. Drugs for urinary disorders --
Urinary system --
Drug profiles --
Anticholinergics --
Cholinergics --
Urinary tract analgesics. 22. Drugs for neurological disorders --
Drug profiles --
Parkinson's disease --
Epilepsy --
Spasticity --
23. Adrenal steroids --
What are adrenal steroids? --
Drug profiles --
Oral adrenal steroids --
Topical adrenal steroids --
24. Drugs for infections --
Antibiotics --
Widespread misprescribing of antibiotics --
Problems for misuse of antibiotics--
Avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics --
The importance of completing a full course of therapy --
Newer versus older antibiotics --
Penicillins and cephalosporins --
Fluoroquinolones --
Tetracyclines --
Drug profiles --
Bacterial infection --
Penicillins --
Cephalosporins --
Macrolides --
Ketolides --
Tetracyclines --
Sulfonamides (sulfa drugs) --
Fluoroquinolones --
Other drugs for bacterial infection --
Tuberculosis --
Fungal infection --
Parasitic infection --
Viral infection --
25. Hormones --
Hormone replacement therapy --
How did the estrogen vogue begin and why did it continue? --
Drug profiles --
Estrogens --
Progestins --
Anti-estrogens --
Hormone combinations --
26. Drugs for smoking cessation --
You can quit smoking --
Drug profiles --
Nicotine products --
Other drugs for smoking cessation. 27. Vitamins and minerals --
Overview --
Causes of vitamin and mineral deficiencies --
Too few calories --
An unbalanced, low-quality diet --
Medical problems and drugs --
How to prevent and treat a vitamin or mineral deficiency --
Steps toward a better diet --
Who needs vitamin and mineral supplements? --
Taking vitamin and mineral supplements as "insurance" --
Guidelines for selecting vitamin and mineral supplements --
Recommended dietary allowances (RDA), what they really mean --
The myth of megadose --
Supplement profiles --
Vitamins --
Minerals --
28. Dietary and herbal supplements --
Growing use of dietary supplements --
Regulatory status of dietary supplements --
Assessing the effectiveness of dietary supplements --
How this chapter was compiled --
Supplement profiles --
29. Protecting yourself and your family from preventable drug-induced injury --
Communication : activating yourself and your doctor --
"Do not use" drugs --
"Do not use for seven years" drugs --
Ten rules for safer drug use --
what you can do : finding information about new drugs --
Reading package inserts --
Beware of patient information leaflets (PILs) routinely distributed by pharmacists --
30. Saving money when buying prescription drugs --
Five ways to save --
Glossary --
MedWatch from --
Index of drugs and dietary supplements --
Drug worksheet.
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A consumer's guide to frequently prescribed medications offers information on dangerous drugs, hundreds of safer alternative medications, the two hundred most commonly prescribed pills, and new drugs on the market.

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