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A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: Improve Your Health and Avoid Side Effects When Using Common Medications and Natural Supplements Together Paperback – February 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0307336644 ISBN-10: 0307336646 Edition: 2 Rev Exp

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 2 Rev Exp edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307336646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307336644
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This comprehensive review of drug-nutrient interactions—by far the most exhaustive of its kind—is an invaluable tool for consumers and professionals, integrating the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine.”—Julian Whitaker, M.D., editor of Health & Healing newsletter

“An essential resource.”—Joe Graedon, M.S., author of The People’s Pharmacy

About the Author

Steve Austin, N.D., is a licensed naturopathic physician and Professor of Nutrition at National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Alan R. Gaby, M.D., an expert in nutritional therapies and the current endowed professor of nutrition at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, is the author of several books, including The Doctor's Guide to Vitamin B6 and Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Donald J. Brown, N.D., is a phytotherapy specialist, the founder and director of Natural Product Research Consultants Inc., and has served as an adviser to the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. He lives in Seattle, Washington. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is also very well written and easy to understand.
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A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interaction is a simple tool to help use drugs and supplements safely and to tier best potential.
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Excellent Desk Reference for health care practitioners, especially herbalists, doctors, and nurses.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Richard K. Maurer on March 24, 2000
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The editors and authors of this HealthNotes publication have presented the most up-to-date information in an easy to read format without compromising scientific judgement. In the information world of alternative medicine, it is all to easy for conventional medical texts to react out of fear by recommending "extreme caution" for just about any prescription or possible nutrient/herbal interaction. "The A-Z Guide..." does a tremendous job of integrating insights of physicians form several different disciplines (the book is written by an MD, ND, and DC, et. al.), which provides the reader with a diverse and thorough scientific review of known and suspected interactions. I have personally found this book extremely helpful in the waiting room and on my desk as a quick refernce.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jim Burdine on March 31, 2000
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The authors of this book have made a significant contribution to the resources available for today's health consumer. By providing this current, well-organized and useful "guide" they are helping those of us trying to protect or improve our own health, and those of us facilitating others in doing that, tremendously! Their research is thorough and and unbiased - I highly recommend it.
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75 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2002
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There's a lot of good information in this book but I would not recommend it as a reference.

First of all, it isn't totable: it's format makes it a clunker. It's 8 1/2 by 11" and its page format is such that the book could have been printed with half the paper. The added appendices are pretty useless considering the main A to Z section entries pretty much tell you exactly the same thing.
Second of all, the formatting is inconsistent; adding question to your inquiry. Did they make this entry as complete as they did that one?
I very much prefer Meletis/Jacobs' and Brinker's books to this one. For intuitiveness and extensive cross-referencing, Meletis/Jacobs' wins hands down.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Josi Martin on October 20, 2004
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The book is large but set out in a series of straightforward sections: the first one on drugs themselves (under generic names - useful if you're British !) with each entry having a general paragraph on the drug (or group of drugs) but then goes onto talk of how it/they interact with herbs and vitamins whether helpful and unhelpful interactions.

There is then a large section on the vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements simply showing which drugs they interact with. The final two sections appear to be for medical professionals only as one is listing the drugs by pharmacist classification and one is a 'book/article source listing' giving the medical sources about each of the drugs.

I'd never realised it wasn't a good idea to take a codeine pain killer compound with tea before - the tannins inhibit the uptake of the drug ! Very interesting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By elviswoman on July 12, 2007
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I am taking a medication that isn't BRAND new to the market but isn't by any means OLD either. It has been released within the last 4 years. I was hoping it would be in this book as I am also taking herbal supplements, but it wasn't. There were other drugs that were supposed to be for the same conditions, but since they are different chemicals the interactions were potentially different, so I didn't find this helpful.

That said, there are plenty of maintstream medications like antibiotics, etc. included in this book so it might be helpful to some folks. I just think that drugs, like computers, change so quickly that books like this can't cover everything. I am on the fence with my recommendation on this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Myrtle on February 20, 2007
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I purchased this book as I have fibromyalgia and wanted to try some alternative therapies, and ensure their safety with my prescription medications. I feel that it is an excellent guide for that, and actually is quite useful as a simplified prescription medication guide. It is easy to use, easy to understand, and does a great job of listing and describing medication/herbal/vitamin/supplement interactions. I purchased one for my parents, and my sister purchased one as well. Very useful book if you take any medications and any other type of supplement.

Includes just about every medication available, with the exception of those released after its publication.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oregon Doctor on July 21, 2008
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The "A-Z" Guide is an essential reference book for anyone who take supplements (vitamins, minerals, or herbs) and also takes medication of any kind--whether over-the-counter or prescription.

This is a comprehensive and very easy-to-use reference guide. You can look up either the medicine or the supplement and found out whether there are any known interactions--positive or negative.

Sometimes the Guide recommends supplements to take along with the medication because the drug either depletes a nutrient (e.g. Lipitor and Coenzyme Q10) or reduces a drug's side effects (e.g. Zoloft and Ginkgo). At other times you shouldn't take the drug and the supplement together because.

Thousands and thousands of well-referenced interactions are included in this valuable book.

NOTE: Some of the earlier reviews of this book refer to the first edition. They cite some legitimate concerns--which appear to have been remedied in the 2nd Edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By schericane on June 14, 2013
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I am glad that there is such a reference as the A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions, but I would like to find something with more entries. There were some products missing that I particularly wanted to check in all three areas. One thing I really would have liked to see was the reason why some combinations were unsafe. There is one antacid, for example, that I cannot take with a prescription that I use daily. Not only was it not listed as unsafe to use together as well as the side effects of such, it's scary that there may be other ones missed, as well.
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