AARP pharmacy service prescription drug handbook

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Swallowing a pill may not be all that is involved in taking your medicine as the doctor ordered. Today's prescription drugs and over-the-counter products come in a variety of less-familiar forms (such as sprays, skin patches, suppositories, and sublingual tablets); you may be also confused by different schedules if you have to take more than one product. As medical science makes new advances, taking medicines becomes more and more complicated every day.

This book, written by medical professionals and health care experts specializing in the needs of persons 50 and older, provides you with necessary information about the medicines your doctor has prescribed. You will learn how a drug prescribed for a particular condition acts on your body, what effects'positive and worrisome'you may experience from a drug, and how your eating habits and other aspects of your lifestyle can influence the effectiveness of your drug therapy. You will learn key questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist about any medicines prescribed such as:

What exactly does the drug do? How much medicine should I take and how often? What should I do if I miss taking the drug at the specified time? Can I get a generic form of this drug, which may cost less than the brand-name version? What foods, drinks, activities, and other medicines should I avoid while taking this drug? What are the common side effects, and what should I do if they occur?

This book focuses on the several hundred drugs most commonly prescribed for and used by persons 50 and older. Detailed information about each drug'organized according to the medical condition it is used for (such as digestive disorders or respiratory problems)'appears in attractive, easy-to-read charts. Additional sections contains tips for remembering complicated drug schedules; information on proper ways to administer drugs, how drugs interact with food and other drugs, how the effects of drugs can change in people as they age; and special restrictions to follow while taking drugs, helping you get the most benefit and the least trouble from your medicine.

Authoritive, comprehensive, and up-to-date, the AARP Pharmacy Service Prescription Drug Handbook belongs in the home of every person over 50.

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Enhanced by a large-print format and a full-color, 40-page chart for pill identification, this expert and encyclopedic guide provides information on the safe, effective use of the medicines most frequently prescribed for people over fifty.

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