Resources about Prescription Drugs


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Complete Guide To Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs: 2005 (Complete Guide to Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs) H. Winter, MD. Griffith, Stephen W., M.D. Moore, John D., M.D., Ph.D. Palmer, William N. Jones, Miriam L. Levinson. Perigee Trade, 2004, 0-399-53027-4.
This revised and updated version of the best-selling classic is the ultimate A-to-Z illness and drug reference guide. It provides the necessary information about over 5,000 brand name and 700 generic prescription and nonprescription drugs that the public has come to rely on-from one of America's most trusted physicians.

The Complete Pill Book: Everything You Need to Know about Generic and Brand-Name Prescription Drugs. Lynn Sonberg (Editor). Barnes and Noble Books, 2003, 0-760-74208-1.
This guide offers quick and easy access to detailed information about the most commonly prescribed generic and brand name drugs in the United States. Up-to-date, easy-to-read entries tell you everything you need to know about the medications your doctor prescribes.

Consumer Reports Complete Guide to Health Services for Seniors: What Your Family Needs to Know About Finding and Financing, Medicare, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Home Care, Adult Day Care. Trudy Lieberman, and Consumer Reports. Crown Publishing Group, 2000, 0-812-93147-5.
The nation's foremost consumer advice service provides practical advice and realistic steps to understanding health issues for seniors. The guide explains each topic in detail, alerts about potential problems, informs about where to get additional information and support, and offers helpful worksheets and cost estimates. The twenty appendixes include Consumer Reports ratings of insurance policies, HMOs, and nursing homes.

The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs 2005: Everything You Need to Know for Safe Drug Use. James J. Rybacki, HarperCollins, 2004, 0-060-72890-6.
This guide has helped families make sense of the overwhelming and often contradictory flood of information about their prescriptions. Filled with critical health information, this fully revised and updated edition provides the benefits and risks of each drug highlighted in a quick and easy format.

1,001 Prescription Drugs: Side Effects, Dangerous Combinations and Natural Healing Alternatives for Seniors. F C & A Publishing Staff, FC&A, Inc., 2000, 1-890-95742-9.
This guide provides complete coverage of the most commonly prescribed medicines with clear explanations about what each drug is supposed to do for you, side effects you may experience, special warnings, and helpful hints on how to take your medicine for maximum effectiveness. Find out about the many conditions doctors normally prescribe drugs for that are actually treatable with natural alternatives. Includes over 1,001 natural, drug-free solutions for common problems and an alphabetical drug index to help you easily locate whatever medicines you take.

The Merck Manual of Health and Aging. Ed. by Mark H. Beers. Pocket, 2004, 0-911-91036-0.
The manual is unique because it focuses on how disorders are different in older adults rather than discussing all aspects of a disease. It also emphasizes the bodily changes of aging and finding effective ways to cope.

The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs: 6th Edition (PDR Family Guides) Medical Economics Co., 2003, 0-743-49669-7.
The Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR(r)) has been rewritten in a language the average person can understand. Learn facts about your prescriptions from a source that doctors have depended on for more than half a century. The latest remedies for most ailments can be found in this up to the minute resource.

The Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Guide for Seniors. Eli Ehrenpreis. McGraw-Hill Companies, 2003, 0-071-40261-6.
With decades of pharmacological experience, Eli and Seymour Ehrenpreis give full answers to the most common and important questions consumers ask about new drugs. For both seniors looking to have better control over their medications, as well as for professional caretakers, this book is an invaluable resource.

The Savvy Senior: The Ultimate Guide to Health, Family, and Finances for Senior Citizens. Jim Miller, The Gale Group, 2004, 1-401-30749-3.
From the author of the syndicated column "The Savvy Senior," which is published in 400 newspapers, this book is based on the thousands of questions received by the growing senior population and the families who support them. His style of facts and light humor make it easy to learn about a wide range of topics. The mixture of checklists and charts provide useful tools and resources.

Smart Medicine: How to Buy the Prescription Drugs You Need at a Price You Can Afford. Peter Weaver, Richard P. Penna, Rutledge Hill Press, 2004, 1-401-60139-1.
This practical book helps readers take control of the cost and safety of the prescription medicines they take. Specific strategies for saving significant money such as shopping on-line, buying generic equivalents, buying in foreign countries, and how to acquire discount cards. Includes an appendix, "Setting up your personal medical information center," that contains resource names, Web sites, toll-free numbers, and publications to help readers take charge of their medications.

Web Sites - You can link to these documents here. The sites are designed for low level readers and can be reproduced as a brochure using standard paper.
Use Medicine Safely
Medicines and Older Adults
The Truth About Choosing Medical Treatments
How to Give Medicine to Children
(Be an active member of your health care team)
(My medicines: use medicines wisely)
Drug interactions: what you should know
(Questions to ask before taking medicine)
Chronic Pain Medicines

Web Guides/Mega-sites
Consumers Union has launched Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, a free Web site that compares the effectiveness and prices of prescription drugs.
(Drug and Medical Device Safety)

Medline Plus: Drug Information
(Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications)

Spanish Language Materials

The following sites offer links to some basic information that can be easily reproduced and distributed at programs. - You can link to these documents here. The sites are designed for low level readers and can be reproduced as a brochure using standard paper.

Las Medicinas; Cómo Usarlas con Confianza (Use Medicine Safely)

Las Medicinas en la Vejez (Medicines and Older Adults)

Sea Cuidadoso al Escoger los Tratamientos Médicos (The Truth About Choosing Medical Treatments)

Cómo Darles la Medicina a los Niños (How to Give Medicine to Children)

The following links require Adobe Reader®.
Sea un miembro activo de su equipo de atención médica
(Be an active member of your health care team)
Las Interacciones de Medicamentos: Lo que usted debe saber
(Drug interactions: what you should know)
Mis Medicinas: Sepa usar los medicamentos
(My medicines: use medicines wisely)
Preguntas que debe hacer antes de tomar el medicamento
(Questions to ask before taking medicine)
Medicamentos para el Dolor Crónico
(Medicines for chronic pain)

Web guides/megasites
Seguridad sobre el uso de medicamentos y equipos médicos
(Drug and Medical Device Safety)
Información sobre centenares de medicinas de receta y venta libre.
(Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications)


Viver, Nuria. Guía práctica de los medicamentos. (Handbook of Medications) Spain: RBA Libros. 2002. 512p. illus. index. ISBN 84-790-1918-2. $30.95

Manual Merck De Información Médica Para El Hogar, Barcelona: Océano, [1998?]

Resources for Teens


Reality Matters: Prescription for Trouble. Discover Channel School, Discover Health Channel. Silver Spring, MD, 2004. 1595270232 (24:50).
More and more kids abuse drugs they find in their home medicine cabinets. Experts point out the dangers and warning signs.

Booze and Pills: A Deadly Combination. Educational Video Network. 2002.


Drug Interactions: Protecting Yourself from Dangerous Drug, Medication, and Food Combinations. Melanie Apel Gordon. Rosen Publishing Group: New York. 1999.

Drugs 101: An Overview for Teens. Margaret O. Hyde. Brookfield, CT: Twenty-First Century Books. 2003.


"Prescription Drugs: Special Report: Teens and Drugs in America". Teen People. May 1, 2003. P. 134.

"Boston Teens' Overdose Renews Debate on Mail Order Regulation". Drug Store News. April 7, 1997. p 17.

FDA Public Health Advisory. October 15, 2004. "Suicidality in Children and Adolescents Being Treated with Antidepressant Medications".


"The Medicated Generation: Teenagers, the Millennial Generation and Prescription Drugs". Julie Grant. WKSU Feature, December 9, 2004.

"Prescription Drugs and Teens". Meena Hartenstein. Youth Radio commentary. January 6, 2005.