Titel: PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER: THE HIDDEN ...
Verlag: Simon & Schuster, New York, NY
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Become an informed consumer--learn how to get the greatest benefits from prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and natural compounds at the lowest risk.The long-term safety of Ritalin is unknown, yet hundreds of thousands of children take it daily. Prozac is linked to 242 adverse effects. Xanax can be highly addictive. But most doctors don't warn patients about the risks of the medication they prescribe. What can you do?This groundbreaking book sounds a clear warning about the serious health risks associated with prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications--and exposes the side effects that kill 100,000 people a year and put another million in the hospital. Consumer advocate and prizewinning investigative journalist Thomas Moore reveals the shocking truth about the dangers you face each time you swallow a pill, offering invaluable advice on becoming an informed consumer--and keeping yourself and your family safe. Discover: The riskiest prescriptions The potential dangers of cough syrups, pain relievers, cold medicine, diet pills--and other over-the-counter medications Lethal drug combinations Crucial information you can get from your pharmacist Messages to watch for in the drug package insert Important information on: Ritalin, Prozac, Premarin, Zocor, Procardia, Coumadin, Darvon, Halcion, ibuprofen, beta-carotene, Lanoxin, and more--Review:
We've all heard the stories of allergy drugs that caused toxic reactions when taken with other medications, painkillers that caused liver damage in people who also drink a lot of alcohol, or antidepressants that ruin some users' sex lives. In fact, "there is no such thing as a safe drug," asserts Thomas J. Moore, who researched drug safety as a senior fellow in health policy at George Washington University. Moore is something of a drug doomsayer, and many readers of this book will join him in his fears. He asserts that drug companies are not above manipulating information about their products--an especially egregious situation, since doctors get much of their information about drugs from the manufacturers themselves. For instance, he notes that a report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that the company that manufactures the sleep aid Halcion "vigorously sought to suppress the publication of unfavorable studies and attempted to silence Halcion critics." Moore appears to have done massive research, and he documents his stories of the development and approval of dozens of drugs with extensive footnotes. (It would be interesting to hear a response from the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA.) By focusing on dangers, side effects, and flawed clinical trials, Moore gives short shrift to the real benefits of many medications--but that's not the point here. Instead, he makes a strong case for drug users to be careful consumers and take note of their own individual reactions to medications, rather than leaving it up to their doctors or anyone else. --Ben Kallen
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