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Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care / Edition 17

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Thoroughly updated and revised, the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care provides accessible information on nonprescription drug pharmacotherapy, nutritional supplements, medical foods, nondrug and preventive measures, and complementary and alternative therapies. The 17th edition helps students and practitioners develop problem-solving skills needed to assess and triage a pharmacy patient's medical complaints. It provides Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—approved dosing information and evidence-based research on the efficacy and safety of over-the-counter (OTC) and herbal medications. Key Features: • 52 peer-reviewed chapters provide updated content on OTC medications and complementary therapies, prescription-to-OTC conversions, FDA revised or final rules, FDA safety and label warnings, therapeutic issues and controversies, treatment or prevention guidelines, OTC drug withdrawals from the market, and updated product tables and references.
• Disease-oriented chapters contain new and revised case studies, treatment algorithms, comparisons of self-treatments, patient education boxes, product selection guidelines, and dosage and administration guidelines.
• A new chapter, “Self-Care Components of Selected Chronic Diseases” covers asthma, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and heart failure, dyslipidemia, and osteopenia and osteoporosis.
• Key Points section at the end of chapters highlights important concepts.
• Available online through subscription to PharmacyLibrary ( with robust classroom resources, including monthly chapter updates, chapter presentations through template PowerPoint slides, links to credible websites, and supplemental QuEST/SCHOLAR case studies.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Judith Klevan, BSPharm (Jeanes Hospital)
Description: This book is designed to support pharmacists and pharmacy students involved in helping patients with self-care using nonprescription medications. It is divided into sections based on human body system disorders, such as reproductive system disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, etc. Each chapter in each section covers a different topic related to that body system. The previous edition was published in 2010.
Purpose: It is intended to be a comprehensive and authoritative reference on self-care and nonprescription medications. This is an important objective as more and more medications can be obtained without a prescription.
Audience: The book is particularly suitable for pharmacists and pharmacy students as they represent an on-the-spot resource for individuals choosing nonprescription products.
Features: Each section covers a body system and is made up of chapters on the various conditions that can occur in that system. Each condition is further broken down into presentation and treatments. The book includes cases, tables for patient education, comparison tables, and algorithms that make the information very accessible. The patient education sections are particularly useful and the language is simplified for delivery to patients. However, the book is large and cumbersome.
Assessment: This is an excellent, comprehensive book on self-treatment and nonprescription medications. This update is necessary as prescription medications are being converted to nonprescription status every year.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582121604
  • Publisher: APhA Publications
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Series: 17 , #17
  • Edition number: 17
  • Pages: 1051
  • Sales rank: 58,390
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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