What does it say about our pill-crazy society that The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs 2005 clocks in at over fourteen hundred pages? That we are, indeed, a pill-crazy society! But for anyone who does take a prescription drug, this book is essential reading and reference material. For more than 25 years, The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs has given people critical health information in the form of these big, thick books filled with all the latest drug safety precautions, dosage information, and comprehensive usage advice.
Every drug on the market is included in this massive volume, with sixteen pages of color photos of the most common prescription drugs. Each listing highlights the benefits and risks of the drug, its generic names, proper dosages for differing age groups, dangerous drug combinations and interactions with vitamins and herbal meds, cost-saving advice, caution to take when using the drug, what to tell your doctor, side effects both common and rare, special precautions for pregnant and nursing women, and so much more. The drug profiles are priceless for anyone who wants to understand what they are putting into their body, how and why it works, and what other safer or cheaper options might be available for certain medical conditions.
My family has, for years, owned a copy of this guide, and the 2005 edition is the biggest yet, which means that more of us are taking prescription drugs than ever before. All the more reason to buy a copy of your own, because chances are pretty good that you will need it. The author, a clinical assistant professor at University of Maryland and president of an international group concerned with education, research and therapeutic studies, has made using this guide so easy. Everything is alphabetized, with an index in the back so you can quickly look up the drug you are seeking.
The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs 2005 is probably going to get almost as much use as your yearly calendar. Everything you have ever wanted, or needed, to know about the drugs you and your loved ones take is in here. What more could you ask for when it comes to taking care of yourself and your family, except maybe more affordable health care? Too bad that canít come from a book, although this one will definitely save you time, money, and worry with the solid and complete information it provides.
Keep it near your medicine cabinet.