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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Complete Guide to Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs - H. Winter Griffith & Stephen Moore (Non-fiction)















Released November 2009

www.penguin.com

Things have been hectic around here. I have an aunt in the final stages of end-stage liver disease and she's still months away from being put on a transplant list. Meanwhile, my uncle's doctor seems happy prescribing him every medication under the sun. With that, I dug out my Complete Guide to Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs to read up on contraindications and side effects. Sadly, I found a few medications that should not be taken together and immediately warned my uncle to question why he was using that medication with his doctor.

I learned long ago that doctors make mistakes and pharmacists are not always going to catch them. My son's ear infections were persistent in childhood so they were always prescribing a new antibiotic for him. The dosage on the last antibiotics he used seemed high to me, so I looked the Sulfa drug up in the book and found that they'd given him a dosage for a 260 pound man rather than a 60 pound boy. Thank God I did take the time to look it up. The doctor told me had I given him the listed dosage, we would have had to rush him to the ER to have his stomach pumped.

Information within the book includes pictures of the medication so that you can make sure you have the correct pill. You can check contraindications and side effects. Learn what the medication treats. 

I advise everyone to keep the updated prescription guide in their home. Sure, you can look things up on the Internet, but what if your Internet is down? In addition, Internet writers are not always fully trained in the subject on which they write. Often they are researching things online too and then rewording the information they find. Errors in understanding and writing can and do occur.

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