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PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs, 9th Edition (Physicians' Desk Reference Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs) Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2009


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"Brief, lucid entries on major drugs and their side effects." -- The Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • Series: Physicians' Desk Reference Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 9 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439143080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439143087
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alax Martin on January 16, 2010
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For people looking for a brief, concise review of their prescription drugs, this book is an excellent resource to go to. Discusses indications, usual dosages, and side effects. Also has a Pill Identification guide for quick identification of medication.

Also Recommended: The Pill Book 15th edition http://www.amazon.com/The-Pill-Book-15th-Edition/dp/0553593560/ref=pd_sim_b_3

UPDATE: Jan 2012- This Book is quickly becoming outdated. PDR Should release a new one. The Pill Book comes out in April. Wait for that or get a nursing book instead. Shouldn't be the first option. The internet is also available for drugs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Dumond on February 25, 2011
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I am amazed when people just blithely start popping the pills that their doctor prescribes without first doing some basic research into the drug. You know those papers with all the drug side effects and precautions that you get AFTER you pick up your prescription? This book has it all spelled out in good plain English. Also reviews the common dosage of each drug and for what conditions the drug is prescribed. For those who want to stay informed, this is a must-have item. Especially for those who may be seeing more than one doctor (the eye doctor, the gynecologist, the family physician, etc.) who might want to prescribe something. Being pro-active about your health is all important. Use ONE pharmacy for all your prescriptions...hopefully your pharmacist will alert you if you have two prescriptions that you are taking that are in conflict. But just in case he does not catch it...you can. Stay healthy by being aware!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek on July 30, 2012
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This is a perfect little pocket guide to prescription drugs. We bought this because we wanted a small guide for certain medications/antibiotics should there be a serious emergency situation...all preppers should have one of these. This guide is nice because it has great descriptions, dosages, side effects and pictures of the drugs. Great reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stoneoak on April 25, 2012
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Having a stock pile of meds is useless unless you know what they should be used for and how much. This book is just what we needed to pack with our med stores.
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I began using this a few years back if I needed to research a certain Rx. But I noticed that new prescriptions were coming out so fast, this manual didn't keep up with all the new medications even within the year of issuance. I also noticed that certain prescriptions (especially the generics) were dropped off the list (based on PDR 9 vs PDR 7), even though those prescriptions were still being offered.
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By hh on November 29, 2012
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My parents are in their late 80s and I tried giving them a year old professional version PDR. They found it too cumbersome; too much info. This version, meant for the public, is perfect for them. It provides enough info that they can check out their meds and possible interactions with other meds. It doesn't always list all the less common side effects, but it does list enough info to allow them to make intelligent inquiry if a problem occurs. I noticed that this is the book selected by CVS as their featured senior med guide (prominently displayed on pharmacy counters in several CVS stores). Going to med school? Get the big fat professional version. Want to be an informed consumer? This is likely just right for most things.
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By dogmom on February 15, 2012
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This version of the Pocket Guide PDR does not give as much info as earlier versions. I have a 2003 version of this same book that list 'commom' side effect, and 'less common' side effects. This 2011 version has left out that very important information.
I cannot recomend this book... I guess if you really want all the information (including side effects) you have to order the huge hard cover version that are found in Dr. offices (which is much harder to use and is not in laymans terms.)
Its too bad that they starting leaving the 'side effects' out of the Pocket Size PDR guide.
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My husband is 70 and needs to take many, many pills daily, so when the doc. prescribes
something new I always check out my Physicians Desk Reference. Amazon has just about the
widest selection of books and I love their site, the price for the paperback edition of
the book is affordable for almost anyone and consulting it can ultimately save a life!!!

Thank you Amazon,

Sandra Hackett
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