Each drug description contains the following information:
This is the designation used by all makers of a drug, regardless of which brand name is advertised to promote the product.
While a drug product often is marketed initially under a single brand name, usually belonging to the drug's innovator, licensing arrangements can allow co-marketing by two or more companies, each promoting the drug under a different proprietary name. Once a drug's patent expires, any manufacturer may bring it to market under its own brand name. In this manner, it is not uncommon to see dozens of brand names, all versions of the same chemical entity. These names often differ from one country to another, creating confusion for international travelers.
Under "brand names," listings include the various names for each drug as available in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The absence of a brand-name listing for a drug does not always mean that the product is unavailable. It may be sold by generic designation only; in the case of new drugs, current in formation was unavailable at the time of publication.
What This Drug Does
Under this heading you will find the drug's primary use.
How This Drug Affects Body Weight
Details how the drug exerts its influence on diet goals. An explanation of its mechanism of action offers a background with which to interpret the clinical observations from medical literature presented for each pharmaceutical.
Government-Approved Uses for This Drug
Highlights the drug's indications as sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many medications have more than one official use. This information may also be of value in
investigating alternative drugs for the treatment of various conditions when viewed from the perspective of unwanted influences on appetite and body weight. This section is intended as a guide only. Any change in drug therapy should be initiated only under the care of a medical practitioner.
Lists experimental uses for the drug, known about by many physicians but not yet approved by the FDA. (It is often through pioneering efforts by doctors that these novel drug uses eventually are sanctioned.)
When Not to Use This Drug
Highlights those preexisting conditions or circumstances where a drug should not be prescribed. Although not the norm, these conditions are frequent enough and present a great enough potential hazard to merit special consideration here.
Side Effects From Use of This Drug
Focuses on the drug's potential adverse effects. These can range from a mild, barely noticeable annoyance to debilitating or life-threatening conditions. All side effects occur variably,
depending on each individual as well as the drug taken. This material is presented for general reader interest and should not be considered all-inclusive.
Effects on Appetite and Bodv Weight as Disclosed by the Drug's Manufacturer
Isolates the dietary side effects for the drug as included in the product's official package-insert literature and the Physicians' Desk Reference, a publication widely used by the medical community. By presenting this here, an insight is gained as to what your doctor or other health professionals see when they consult the most accessible sources of drug information.
Detailed Effects on Appetite and Body Weight
Unlike the summary treatment of side effects presented in the section above, the material under this heading provides a more in-depth disclosure of how drugs influence diet goals as re searched from unbiased medical literature. Unique to this book, these data are not readily available to doctors, pharmacists, and patients except through time-consuming searching of medical
texts and periodicals. For the first time, this diverse information is being brought together in one easily understood section for each drug listed in this work.
Note: A few studies quoted in this book date back to the 1950s or even the 1930s. These are used only when newer studies are unavailable or the information is still relevant.
Dosage Levels at Which Effects Occur
Reveals the minimum daily dosage that has been found to cause the various nutritional side effects of the drug. These may vary according to the specific influences the product is known
This is a guide to helping readers determine how best to balance a drug's therapeutic effects with its influences on dietary goals. This may include a reduction in dosage or the suggestion of
alternative drugs where success has been documented by clinical studies. These recommendations should only be attempted under the guidance of your physician.
How Long It Takes Till Reversal of Drug Effects
Details the length of time it takes after withdrawal...