The Guide to Off-Label Prescription Drugs: New Uses for FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs

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Citing a rise in off-label prescribing practices since their legal passage by the FDA in 1982, a reference to the ways in which certain drugs are used for off-label benefits for a variety of ailments includes key safety information, recent clinical study findings, and information on how patients can work with their doctors to maximize treatment options. Original. 50,000 first printing.

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Many physicians are discovering that numerous drugs are effective for conditions other than those for which the FDA approved them. In fact, 25 percent of all prescriptions currently written are for "off-label" uses. This new resource edited by a physician and a pharmacist provides information about more than 1,500 off-label uses for many common prescription drugs. An editorial board of physicians with academic appointments in a wide range of specialties reviewed the material included in the book. They neither endorse nor condemn any of the discoveries covered. They merely provide an objective review of data that readers may use when conferring with their physicians.

The book has three sections. The first contains chapters on various diseases and disorders ("Cardiovascular," "Digestive," "Children's Health," etc.). It describes each condition and then provides information about drugs that may be used off-label to treat it. The entries include the generic and brand names of the drug, its official use, and a summary of research supporting the off-label uses. It does not cite the sources of this research. Part 2 contains drug profiles with generic and brand names, on-label and off-label uses, drug class and description, side effects, cautions, drug and food interactions, and pregnancy and breastfeeding cautions. The final section contains lists of recently approved drugs, sugar-fee drugs, alcohol-free drugs, sulfite-containing drugs, lactose- and galactose-free drugs, drugs that should not be crushed, and drugs that may cause photosensitivity. This is very helpful information for patients with allergies and sensitivities. The book also has a glossary and an index.

The Guide to Off-Label Prescription Drugs is a unique, inexpensive work that offers information that is not found in traditional sources such as the PDR and the Consumer Drug Reference. It is a welcome addition for public library consumer-health and health-sciences reference collections. Barbara Bibel
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