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The Women's Pharmacy: An Essential Guide to What Women Should Know About Prescription Drugs

by Julie Catalano Robert L. Rowan

* Easy-to-use A-Z format -- features profiles of 300 drugs * Vital information on side effects and drug interactions * Cutting-edge research on the latest drug therapies . . . and much more Know the facts about the drugs you take. With two thirds of the more than 1. 6 billion prescriptions a year written for women, there's an urgent need for a clear, concise resource to help sort through the confusing -- and often contradictory -- bombardment of information and advertising for the drugs we take. This authoritative guide provides an essential list of the drugs used exclusively by women -- fertility drugs, contraceptives, breast cancer drugs, estrogens -- plus drugs for cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, high cholesterol, diabetes, and other health problems that affect women in greater numbers than men. It features: * 200 prescription drug profiles covering more than 300 drugs * Each drug's brand name, generic name, classification, dosage, side effects, drug and food/alcohol interactions, and pregnancy/nursing risks * New research on which drugs affect women differently than men * Facts even your doctor may not know * Questions to ask the pharmacist -- before you take the drug * Cautions for ordering drugs over the Internet * Special warnings for seniors * A guide to nonprescription and over-the-counter medications Plus -- a special women's resource directory for health-related issues and Web site addresses

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