Pills That Work, Pills That Don't

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Overview


 ¸  Find out which generic drugs are inefficient and out-of-date
 ¸  Discover drugs you may not be taking that can prevent cancer, heart disease, and stroke—and prolong your life
 ¸  Request a list of the approved medications your health plan prescribes
 ¸  Learn how to get your HMO to pay for the better, brand name pills
 ¸  Exchange costly medications for less expensive prescriptions
 ¸  Build a safer, healthier drug regimen that eliminates toxic side effects
 ¸  Follow Dr. Bosker's proven 12-Week Action Plan to help you and your doctor produce a sensible drug regimen that will do more with less

Your access to accurate, detailed medical information is increasingly denied by the health care establishment, even while powerful new superdrugs make headlines and physicians write out billions of prescriptions each year. Now, Dr. Gideon Bosker gives you the tools you need to take charge of your health care regimen by evaluating your prescriptions and learning when (and how) to question the recommendations of your doctor or insurance company.
        
With this indispensable resource, Dr. Bosker shows you how:
 ¸  One dose of Lipitor can reduce your cholesterol—why take multiple doses of less effective medications?
 ¸  Septra is an inexpensive medication for sinus infection—
so why spend a fortune on Ceftin?
 ¸  Zoloft is optimal for treating anxiety associated with panic disorder—
why risk dependency and severe withdrawalsymptoms with Xanax?
 ¸  And much, much more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449912737
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/13/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.29 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Gideon Bosker, M.D., is a widely published clinical scholar, educator, geriatric specialist, editor, and lecturer who holds faculty appointments at both Oregon Health Sciences University and the Yale University School of Medicine. Author of Pharmatecture: Minimizing Medications to Maximize Results, he is editor-in-chief of The Manual of Emergency Medicine Therapeutics, The Quick Consult Manual of Primary Care Medicine, and Emergency Medicine Reports®. He has presented his work to more than 1,000 hospitals and health plans countrywide. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction: Empowering Health Care Consumers
Pt. I Why you may not be Getting the best and Safest Prescription Drugs 1
Ch. 1 Pills That Work ... 3
Ch. 2 ... Pills That Don't 19
Ch. 3 Toward a New and Better "Pillosophy" 40
Pt. II The MedRank Checklists: A Rating System for Prescription Medications 55
Ch. 4 Pills 'R' Us: The Best and Worst Medications for Children 63
Ch. 5 Home Is Where the Heart Is: Medications for Heart Disease 75
Ch. 6 The Pressure Is On: Medications for High Blood Pressure 101
Ch. 7 Up the Down Staircase: Medications for Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and Other Psychiatric Problems 114
Ch. 8 Take a Deep Breath: Medications for Asthma and Bronchitis 144
Ch. 9 Getting the Red Out: Medications for Allergies and Related Conditions 153
Ch. 10 Skin Deep: Pills and Lotions for Skin and Hair Problems 160
Ch. 11 It's in Your Head: Medications for Stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy, MS, and Migraine Headaches 173
Ch. 12 Gut Wrenchers: Medications for Gastrointestinal Problems 192
Ch. 13 Drugs for Bugs and Crud: Antibiotics for Common Infections 207
Ch. 14 Cocktails for Life: Cancer Medications 237
Ch. 15 Medications for HIV Infection: The Arsenal 253
Ch. 16 Bones and Moans: Medications for Osteoporosis and Arthritis 262
Ch. 17 No Pain Is Your Gain: Medications for Pain Relief 275
Ch. 18 Papa's Got a Brand-New Pill: Medications for Prostate and Potency Problems 289
Ch. 19 Smooth Passage: Medications for the Postmenopausal Years 298
Ch. 20 Sex and the Single Pill: Contraceptives and Related Medications 311
Ch. 21 Forever Yours: Pills and Lifestyle Changes for Life Prolongation 319
Pt. III The 12-Week Action Plan: Getting the Best and Safest Prescription Drugs 329
Ch. 22 Goals and Guidelines of the 12-Week Action Plan 331
Ch. 23 Asking the Right Questions: Taking Control of Your Personal Pharmacology 342
Ch. 24 Getting the Best Prescription Drugs for You and Your Family: Implementing and Evaluating the 12-Week Action Plan 356
Appendix A Closing the Information Gap: Organizations Providing Information About Medication Use 377
Appendix B Fighting Pharma-City Hall 380
Bibliography 401
Index 415
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