Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?: How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs

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Prescriptions Killing You? How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and be Healthier with Fewer Drugs

Are Your Prescription Killing You?

How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs Armon B. Neel Jr., PharmD, CGP, and Bill Hogan

The harmful effects of prescription drugs cause an estimated 100^000 deaths a year and another 1.5 ...

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Overview

Prescriptions Killing You? How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and be Healthier with Fewer Drugs

Are Your Prescription Killing You?

How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs Armon B. Neel Jr., PharmD, CGP, and Bill Hogan

The harmful effects of prescription drugs cause an estimated 100^000 deaths a year and another 1.5 million hospitalizations. Sadly, it's older Americans who are most at risk. In Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?, an award-winning pharmacist and an investigative journalist team up to explain what we need to know about how our bodies change with age and why these changes must be considered when prescribing for older patients. This book equips readers with all the tools needed to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781410452139
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 427
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Pharmacist Who Says No To Drugs 11

Introduction: A Pharmacist's Journey 35

Good-bye and Good Luck

Helping Yourself to Better Health 45

Things Change

Our Aging Bodies 56

Piling On

The Perils of Polypharmacy 78

Off-Limits for Older People

The Beers Criteria - A List That Could Save Your Life 94

Off the Charts

Do You Really Need Those Blood Pressure Drugs? 160

Phantom Killers

NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) 191

Proton Pump Inhibitors

The Miracle Drugs That Aren't 212

Statin Roulette

Drugs of Last Resort 241

Down and Out

Drug-Induced Falls 275

The Bone-Scare Drugs

What You Should Know About

Bisphosphonates 300

Does Dad Really Have Alzheimer's?

A Look at Drug-Induced Dementia 325

Taking Charge

A Step-by-Step Guide to Controlling Your Medications (Rather Than Letting Them Control You) 358

Prescription for Change

How to Fix a Broken Health Care System 378

Epilogue

Miss Lillian 399

Taking Stock

A Self-Assessment Quiz 405

Resources, Readings, And References 411

Acknowledgments 449

Index 459

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Highly Recommend for everyone taking prescription medications!!!

    This is an eyeopening book. It should be must reading for anyone and everyoen who takes prescription medication and even over the counter medicines. The information provided has enabled me to make sense of many of the side effects of the mediations I take - and I only take three, so imagine if you are taking many more than three, and has opened my eyes to the fact that my doctor and the medical profession in general really doesn't attempt to find out what your (the patients) problems are,they just treat the side effects which leads to more side effect and more treatment/drugs, ad infinitum.
    I highley recomend everyone read this book regardless of age and drug use. It is an eye opener and really full of necessary information. It it very ewll written, easy to read and most informative

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