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THE PILL BOOK, New and Revised Eighth Edition Published by Bantam Books, 1998 $6.99

For those people who have never heard of The Pill Book, please take note: this is one of the most valuable resources you may ever have in your home.

Doctors may not always know about the vitamin supplement you take; pharmacists may not be able to read the doctor's handwriting or may just simply make a mistake. When you receive a prescription, you should check it before you swallow a pill.

Listed by their chemical names, the drugs are followed by all their generic and brand names (e.g. fluoxetine fluoxetine /flu·ox·e·tine/ (floo-ok´se-ten) a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor used as the hydrochloride salt in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.  for Prozac), the type of drug it is (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
A class of antidepressants that work by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, raising the levels of
), and how it is typically prescribed (depression, bulimia bulimia: see eating disorders. , OCD OCD obsessive-compulsive disorder.

obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
, etc.). The information for each drug contains general information, warnings and cautions, and possible side effects, drug interactions, correct dosage.

The best part of each description is the "Special Information." The special information warns of the best way to recognize problems, what signs might really be significant drug reactions, and when you should call your doctor. Special populations, like pregnant or nursing women, are given information regarding risks or possible defects. For example, seniors are more sensitive to a particular sedative sedative, any of a variety of drugs that relieve anxiety. Most sedatives act as mild depressants of the nervous system, lessening general nervous activity or reducing the irritability or activity of a specific organ.  than are the rest of the population.

For everything you should know about a drug but don't there is The Pill Book.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
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Date:Jan 1, 1997
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