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The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs, 2001 [Paperback]

James J. Rybacki Pharm.D. M.D. James W. Long
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Complete March 11 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is (by far) the best Prescription Drug guide I've seen. The pros: I do agree with the other customers who said it was easier to read than the PDR. More comprehensive than the PDR. More organized than the PDR, etc. The con: I am a patient who takes many, many drugs. Unfortunately some of them are rare drugs which aren't used for many people such as "Trental" or "Clindamycin." These drugs are listed, but they note that: "This profile has been shortened to make room for more widely used medicines." I understand the book is well over a 1000 pages, but having shortened reviews of meds wasn't the most pleasing thing.--I do need complete info for these particular drugs and was not able to get it from this guide. I did not see this problem with the PDR. On the Whole: What I do like about this book the most is that everything about it is very logical. The saving space bit is understandable, but if you're taking many rare drugs and need complete info. on them, I'd reccommend browsing the book before buying it/or buying the PDR instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Laypersons Guide to Prescriptions Feb. 13 2001
Format:Paperback
Maybe I'm parinoid, but that doesn't mean that I can read my doctors writing on my families prescriptions, or that I know all the generic names of the drug I'm suppose to be taking, or that the pharmicist really checked for drug interactions. This book will help clear things up. It lists every drug you could think of, with generic brands, has color pictures of hard to identify drugs.
Especially useful are the details on drug interations, including herbal medications (e.g. don't take St. Johns Wort with birth control pills) and common foods (e.g. some drugs do not mix will with grapefruit). Long also lists medical conditions that do not mix well with drugs (e.g. diabetes) as well as the risks of smoking and taking a certain drug, or the possible effects of the drug on pregnancy (very complete information here).
Even if you only take one or two Prescription drugs this is a good book to own, your health is worth it. Also, you can look up friends and relatives drugs and find out what they are taking them for, as well as possible side effects or harmful interactions. This would be a good gift for an elderly parent or friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best! Jan. 25 2001
Format:Paperback
I have been buying this book for years. It's better than anything else I've tried. It's easier to read than the PDR. It's much more comprehensive than other books, software programs or information on the internet. In addition to full enformation for each drug it has numerous tables of drug interactions and various types of side effects. A must-have in your home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earlier Versions Were Great, This Is Even Better! Jan. 12 2001
By B. Mook
Format:Paperback
This is the lay person's version of the PDR (physician's desk reference). It covers all of the details and and new drugs. It is very user friendly. If you take any kind of prescription drugs it is indispensable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Complete March 11 2001
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Format:Paperback
This is (by far) the best Prescription Drug guide I've seen. The pros: I do agree with the other customers who said it was easier to read than the PDR. More comprehensive than the PDR. More organized than the PDR, etc. The con: I am a patient who takes many, many drugs. Unfortunately some of them are rare drugs which aren't used for many people such as "Trental" or "Clindamycin." These drugs are listed, but they note that: "This profile has been shortened to make room for more widely used medicines." I understand the book is well over a 1000 pages, but having shortened reviews of meds wasn't the most pleasing thing.--I do need complete info for these particular drugs and was not able to get it from this guide. I did not see this problem with the PDR. On the Whole: What I do like about this book the most is that everything about it is very logical. The saving space bit is understandable, but if you're taking many rare drugs and need complete info. on them, I'd reccommend browsing the book before buying it/or buying the PDR instead.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earlier Versions Were Great, This Is Even Better! Jan. 12 2001
By B. Mook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the lay person's version of the PDR (physician's desk reference). It covers all of the details and and new drugs. It is very user friendly. If you take any kind of prescription drugs it is indispensable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best! Jan. 25 2001
By Professor JB, Baruch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been buying this book for years. It's better than anything else I've tried. It's easier to read than the PDR. It's much more comprehensive than other books, software programs or information on the internet. In addition to full enformation for each drug it has numerous tables of drug interactions and various types of side effects. A must-have in your home.
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