American Druggist Complete Family Guide to Prescriptions, Pills and Drugs

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A combined Physician's Desk Reference and pharmacology textbook for consumers, this volume was compiled by the editors of American Druggist, a trade magazine for pharmacists. The first 13 chapters discuss many general drug-related issues, including classification, administration, medications for children, safeguards during pregnancy, considerations for the elderly, and drug dependency. The remaining chapters, which cover respective therapeutic categories, include a short introduction followed by tables for individual drugs. Both prescription and over-the-counter medications are included. Each chart includes the generic and proprietary names, dosage forms, adverse reactions, drug interactions, and other special precautions. A section with suggestions for stocking one's home medicine chest is very helpful, though a bibliography directing users to more specialized sources would have been useful. The book fulfills its goal of providing an up-to-date resource for lay readers. Recommended for reference collections in public libraries.-Bruce Slutsky, New Jersey Inst. of Technology Lib., Newark
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688123857
  • Publisher: Hearst Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 526
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
1 How drugs are defined and classified 3
2 How drugs work in the body 6
3 How drugs are administered 11
4 Before you take any medication 16
5 Monitoring drug therapy 21
6 Giving medication to infants and children 30
7 Taking medications during pregnancy and breast-feeding 37
8 Special considerations for the elderly 43
9 Stocking your home medicine chest 47
10 Drug dependency 54
11 Avoiding drug emergencies 60
12 Ending drug treatment 65
13 Controlling drug costs 68
14 Nonnarcotic pain-killers and fever medications 72
15 Analgesics with narcotics 92
16 Antiarthritic drugs 100
17 Drugs to treat convulsions and Parkinson's disease 121
18 Antidepressants 135
19 Anti-infective drugs 148
20 Antihypertensive drugs 180
21 Antinausea medications 217
22 Antipsychotic medications, tranquilizers, and sleep medications 234
23 Asthma and allergy drugs 264
24 Blood modifiers 291
25 Drugs to treat cardiovascular disorders 308
26 Contraceptives 325
27 Cough and cold medications 334
28 Insulin and oral hypoglycemics 343
29 Diarrhea medications 351
30 Fertility drugs 366
31 Gastrointestinal preparations 371
32 Hormonal preparations 406
33 Laxatives 425
34 Eye and ear medications 430
35 Skin, mouth, and hair preparations 452
36 Dietary supplements 484
Index 515
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