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The Pill Book Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1016 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 5th edition (February 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553294636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553294637
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,467,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Newly revised and expanded with a 32-page color section featuring the most commonly prescribed pills and complete information on drug interactions and side effects

No home should be without this book!

For nearly two decades, millions of consumers have trusted The Pill Book to provide official, FDA-approved drug information plus guidelines from leading pharmacists. Each drug is profiled in a concise, readable, and easy-to-understand entry, making The Pill Book the perfect reference when you have questions about the medications your doctor prescribes.

The consumer's guide to pills--more than 35 important new drugs approved for sale in 2000 and dozens of new brand names in this completely revised 9th edition!

The most up-to-date information about the 1,500 most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States:

Generic and brand-name listings that can help you save money
What the drug is for, and how it works
Usual dosages, and what to do if a dose is skipped
Side effects and possible adverse reactions, highlighted for quick reference
Interactions with other drugs and food
Overdose and addiction potential
Alcohol-free and sugar-free medications
Information for seniors, pregnant and breast-feeding women, children, and others with special needs
Cautions and warnings, and when to call your doctor

PLUS
32 pages of actual-size color photographs of most prescription pills --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

HAROLD SILVERMAN, Pharm. D., has been practicing health-care public affairs and communications for over fifteen years. He is the co-author of Bantam's The Vitamin Book, and author of the chapter on generic drugs in The Merck Manual: Home Edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I recommend a copy for every home!
kone
This book provides complete information on the uses, side effects and interactions of both oral and injectable drugs, and easy to use.
TREND700
The index is easier to use and information is more layman understandable.
Elizabeth A. Spencer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
and this one truly is. Any family that gets more than one prescription filled a year can benefit from THE PILL BOOK. This book does its best to describe, thoroughly and patiently, the ins and outs of every prescription drug in America, what the drug is meant to do, the side effects, interactions, who should not be taking it, whether generics are available, what to do if abused, if you miss a dose, and so on. There are even color plates of the most widely prescribed drugs. Pharmacy handouts are useful, but what's in THE PILL BOOK is VITAL. It might even save your life; it certainly has saved me money and time. Get yourself the latest edition!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You can look up medications online, but why tie up your phone line, and take a while searching the sites to find information on medication, when you can just open the book up in a minute and find what you want(FAST!) This book has alot of info on medicines that the pharmacies didn't even tell me about. This is a Great book to lay in bed with and search up all the medicines that you have taken in the past, or are currently taking. It has All the information about all the dangers of taking it with other medications, What the side effects are, Descriptions, and EVERYTHING you would ever Want to know about the medicine. It's a smaller book thats easy to carry and take with you, anywhere. This book has it all, Pictures, brand names, generic names and side effects of the medication, Etc, etc, etc..This book is a MUST HAVE book! It's worth every cent! I give this book an "A"
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1998
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I was able to find out more about the drugs I take from this book than from any doctor or pharmacist I have ever talked to. It tells you about drugs you shouldn't mix with each other, foods to avoid and lots of other important facts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "karri444" on November 12, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Pill Book is one of the most informative and easy to read reference books for laymen. It equips the patient with much valuable information on what the drug is prescribed for, its side effects and food/drug interactions. My only critique would be that in the 8th edition, which I currently have, pregnancy is addressed without specifying the risk category; information that I feel is important. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the book--it's very evident by the wear and tear it has received from much reading! A definite must-have for all households.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I recently bought The Pill Book after hearing so much about it, then later finding it applicable to my own circumstances. I won't delve into its assets, because I believe they speak for themselves. However, upon reviewing my new purchase, I was disappointed to note a couple of glaring deficiencies in the book's content.
Specifically, the latest edition--somewhat ironically--does not list a certain class of drugs by describing each drug within that class. This facet, regrettably, illustrates what has become common in the marketplace. Products which are "new and improved" or spoken of in similar terms sometimes are not. Things are left out--in this case, a comprehensive description of each drug that was included in the 9th edition. Were it not for my purchase of the previous edition, I would not have uncovered certain side effects of a drug I'm presently taking! If one is going to educate and help the consumer in this important area, one cannot omit such potentially critical and helpful information. Therefore, I would advise the author/publisher to be as comprehensive as possible, and not fall prey to the temptation to streamline everything.
My second reservation concerns the very poignant lack of a section dealing with possible withdrawal symptoms for each drug. Needless to say, one's relationship with medication sometimes involves discontinuing its use; thus, it would make sense to have information on symptoms or side effects accompanying its termination. Again, I have personal reasons for seeking this: recently, I discontinued use of a particular medication, and though my physician indicated what the fallout might be, I'm always interested in more than one opinion. And this is where resources like The Pill Book come in.
Otherwise, I'm grateful to have the book and to have purchased it at such a low price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is indespensible reference for anybody who wants to see the whole picture about specific drug. Yes, some of them do more harm than good as they produce side effects that can overweight prospective cure; also, some relatively harmless drugs can be dangerous if taken together. This book help us get all the facts so we can make the right decission before we actualy start taking drugs.
In response to previous comments related to availability of all information from this book on the web (which is completely true)- it may sound hard to beleive but some people don't use computers! We have millions of seniors and vast majority of them don't surf the net so they may need book like this (sorry, no pun intended)!
By all measures - an outstanding book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Virgil Brown VINE VOICE on June 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have an EMS certification. Once I used to use Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) to keep me up to date on various prescriptions. Now I use The Pill Book because it is more succinct and still tells me what I need to know. I still find out what a drug is, what it's used for, dosage, what can't be taken with it, etc.
The Pill Book is almost indispensable. If you have a health insurance company which allows you to call on the telephone and ask questions about your prescription, you may prefer to do that instead. Or you may care to surf the web for information about
a particular drug. Even though I do, I still keep a copy of The Pill Book.
Otherwise The Pill Book is altogether indispensable.
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