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Worst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness Paperback – January 4, 2005


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  • Series: Worst Pills, Best Pills
  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743492560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743492560
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My mother got this book years ago and I finally decided to buy one.
Jane Austen
Excellent book for using it as reference for prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out more info on medications.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have consulted the several editions of this book published since the 80's. The reviews are objective and easy to read. The informed patient should know what side-effects to watch for, what to discuss with the doctor, and when to just simply say NO to a prescription drug and ask for something else. We wouldn't think of taking a drug without researching it. Just what do you expect the pharmaceutical pamphlets to say? And the FDA relies on reports from the pharmaceuticals. It is the most comprehensive, user-friendly drug book I've ever read---and I have bought and read a few.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David E. McAdams on November 15, 2005
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While this book come across as a bit alarmist, it is a welcome alternative to other books on drugs, which are compilations of information provided by drug companies. The most useful feature of this book is the alternative treatments for each drug. These alternative treatments are much lower risk than the drugs they potentially replace.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roberta A. Evans on May 12, 2007
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This book is so helpful. I recommend this book to everybody. It's very informative when it comes to medication.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Luzum on July 5, 2005
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A very useful guide to avoiding adverse drug interaction, especially for one who is taking multiple medications. Even my doctor did not warn of the danger of taking Ultracet and Celebrex together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John E Dorn on May 30, 2013
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I was disappointed to find out that the copyright on the book is 2005--almost 8 years ago! This means most newer drugs are not covered. I just signed up for the 6-month free worstpills.org subscription so don't know if it will bring things up to date.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy T. Hernandez on February 2, 2010
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Anyone taking medications needs access to this book. With drug companies pushing new drugs, both to doctors and the public (through advertizing) each person needs to be better informed. This book advises that new drugs not be taken for seven years after their introduction, to allow for adverse side effects to become evident. Witness the arthritus drug Viox, which was pulled from the market within a few years of introduction.

This book also list serious interactions between over-the-counter remedies and prescription drugs, some of which can be fatal.

A supplement to this book is probably in the works, as many of the drugs I see currently advertized are not in this book.

Forewarned is forearmed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marven on May 7, 2007
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Totally unbiased -- it's a reference we can trust and recommend to our friends!
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62 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Mary VINE VOICE on March 29, 2005
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Unfortunately, Sidney Wolfe and the whole "Worst Pills" business enterprise is riding on the reputation of Public Citizen as a champion for consumers, but has failed to live up to it with this guide. In some cases, warnings are included regarding various drugs that are not based on scientific reports, but rather, are based on the marketing literature and information from the pharmaceutical companies themselves -- hardly an unbiased, consumer-oriented source of information. Consider as one example the book's "Do Not Use" warning regarding the prescription drug, Armour Thyroid. Rather than offering any research to support this severe recommendation (because there ISN'T any research), the "guide" instead quotes the AMA and the American Thyroid Association, two groups that greatly enjoy the largesse of the thyroid drug makers who want to put Armour -- a far less expensive drug -- out of business. If this is the sort of "unbiased information" you want about the drugs you take, you might as well go ahead and just read the pharmaceutical company pamphlets. If millions of thyroid patients taking Armour Thyroid were to follow the advice in "Worst Pills," the only thing that ends up for the worse is our health. I definitely do NOT recommend this book in any way. -- Mary J. Shomon, Thyroid Patient Advocate and Author
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