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HAVE A FLU, COLD OR ALLERGY AND DON'T KNOW WHAT TO TAKE? YOU NEED THE 'COMPLETE DRUG REFERENCE'

 YONKERS, N.Y., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Symptoms of the common cold, related viral infections and allergies will send millions to the nearest drugstore during the next few months in search of relief.
 Confronted by a wide range of non-prescription cold, flu and allergy medicines, people may be concerned about selecting the best drug for their condition, says Jerome A. Halperin of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc. (USP), the national organization that sets official standards for the manufacture of drugs and related health care items.
 To help people learn about the medicines they take, USP has compiled the "Complete Drug Reference" (Consumer Reports Books, Jan. 1, 1993, $39.95 in bookstores or call 1-800-272-0722). The most current and comprehensive drug usage resource for virtually all medications sold in the United States and Canada, it lists 6,000 items.
 Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., Consumer Union's chief medical adviser, says, "People often have questions about dosage, frequency of dosing and what to do if they miss a dose. But, professional counsel is not always available, making it all the more important to have a comprehensive drug resource on hand."
 Dr. Lipman suggests that consumers develop the habit of checking a reliable drug reference book to learn about possible complications before taking any drug. "Be alert to warnings about allergic reactions, food and drug interactions, pregnancy and breast feeding. Children, teenagers, athletes and the elderly often require special attention," says the expert.
 For each medicine, the "Complete Drug Reference" tells how it works, side effects, other drugs to avoid, general precautions and special advice for specific groups. The book also has a full-color 24-page "Medicine Chart" of photographs of approximately 1,400 of the most frequently prescribed medicines.
 The "Complete Drug Reference" (1993) is $39.95 in bookstores or call Consumer Reports Books at 1-800-272-0722.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Dr. Lipman is available for telephone interviews/
 /CONTACT: Anita Hunter of Blacker/Hunter PR, 212-689-9773, for Consumer Reports Books/


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