The AARP Guide to Pills: Essential Information on More Than 1,200 Prescription & Nonprescription Medications, Including Generics, Side Effects & Drug Interactions

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Overview

Mid-life and older Americans look first to AARP as a trusted source of the vital information that will improve their lives. Month to month and year to year, the association’s 37 million members read and rely upon its magazines, its newspapers, its book-publishing division, and its website (aarp.org). When AARP says something, they know you can take that information to the bank. That’s why book buyers will turn to this lavish manual for answers to their questions about life-saving and life-enhancing medications. The AARP Guide to Pills has been assembled with the same degree of care and concern for accuracy and ease of use that distinguishes every product that bears the AARP brand. That rigorous quality control will likewise distinguish the pill guide from the competition.
It’s the most outstanding and up-to-date guide to pills and medications ever published. The only one of its kind in full color, The AARP Guide to Pills addresses the needs and concerns of 50+ adults in incredible depth. To simplify the process of finding information about a certain drug, generic drugs are presented in a logical A-to-Z organization, with a comprehensive index that includes cross-references to related brand-name drugs. All information has been vetted by a board of content specialists, including an expert from the University of Southern California’s School of Gerontology, considered the finest in the United States.
Each entry also features a detailed, color-correct image of the pill or capsule for identification purposes, along with details on its generic name, brand name, and manufacturer; a listing of what a health-care provider should know about the condition of anyone taking the medication; advice on what to do if you miss a dose; warnings on interactions with other drugs; and notes on potential side effects to look out for.
In their foreword and introduction, Harvard-trained doctors Jerry Avorn and William H. Thomas provide clear and comprehensive guidance on the wise use of prescription medications; how to effectively manage your drug costs; how to prepare for and derive maximum benefit from each doctor’s visit; how to talk to your physician and pharmacist; how to avoid “polypharmacy,” or overmedication; and why the appearance of generic pills can change from one prescription refill to the next.
Why this pill book?
n Each entry includes a color-correct image of the medication—unlike most books that include the images in a separate section
--Over 1,200 color images of pills—more than any other book on the market—make identifying
medications easy and minimize the risk of error...whether brand name or generic
--A bulleted list tells you what your health-care professional needs to know before you start taking a specific drug
--Important details about how and when to take a drug for maximum effectiveness
--A separate section explains exactly what to do if you miss a dose
--Content updated at press time to guarantee the most current information available
--Concise and consistent format helps readers find what they need easily
--Explains how the older body metabolizes drugs differently
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“The go-to drug directory.” –Library Journal
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Edited by Hochadel (PharmD, BCPS; clinical editor, Gold Standard) and written by a team of contributors that includes other doctors of pharmacy, a consumer advocate, and two Harvard-trained physicians, this full-color guide is no doubt timed to be released in tandem with the Medicare Part D commotion. A preface covers issues ranging from controlling medication risks to saving money on prescriptions to becoming a well-informed drug consumer; also included are an illustrated guide on how to navigate the text and a section on common drug/food/supplement interactions. The main portion of the text is made up of more than 1200 A-to-Z generic drug entries and is indexed by disease/disorder and again by the brand name of the drug. Each entry, which spans one and a half to two pages, is accompanied by a picture of the drug and mini-sections detailing the drug's nature, its proper administration, possible interactions and side effects, and optimal storage as well as questions to ask your doctor and what to do in the event of a missed dose. Bottom Line While the similar Physician's Desk Reference is dense and not necessarily geared toward lay readers, the AARP Guide contains information that can be easily grasped without the help of a doctor or pharmacist. It is a practical, concise, and extremely informative resource that will be of great use to patrons with drug inquiries. Suitable for many types of libraries, including public, medical, patient education, and academic, this guide should be a priority purchase.-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402744464
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: AARP Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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