Mid-life and older Americans look first to AARP as a trusted source of the vital information that will improve their lives. Month to month and year to year, the association’s 37 million members read and rely upon its magazines, its newspapers, its book-publishing division, and its website (aarp.org). When AARP says something, they know you can take that information to the bank. That’s why book buyers will turn to this lavish manual for answers to their questions about life-saving and life-enhancing medications. The AARP Guide to Pills has been assembled with the same degree of care and concern for accuracy and ease of use that distinguishes every product that bears the AARP brand. That rigorous quality control will likewise distinguish the pill guide from the competition. It’s the most outstanding and up-to-date guide to pills and medications ever published. The only one of its kind in full color, The AARP Guide to Pills addresses the needs and concerns of 50+ adults in incredible depth. To simplify the process of finding information about a certain drug, generic drugs are presented in a logical A-to-Z organization, with a comprehensive index that includes cross-references to related brand-name drugs. All information has been vetted by a board of content specialists, including an expert from the University of Southern California’s School of Gerontology, considered the finest in the United States. Each entry also features a detailed, color-correct image of the pill or capsule for identification purposes, along with details on its generic name, brand name, and manufacturer; a listing of what a health-care provider should know about the condition of anyone taking the medication; advice on what to do if you miss a dose; warnings on interactions with other drugs; and notes on potential side effects to look out for. In their foreword and introduction, Harvard-trained doctors Jerry Avorn and William H. Thomas provide clear and comprehensive guidance on the wise use of prescription medications; how to effectively manage your drug costs; how to prepare for and derive maximum benefit from each doctor’s visit; how to talk to your physician and pharmacist; how to avoid polypharmacy,” or overmedication; and why the appearance of generic pills can change from one prescription refill to the next.
Why this pill book? n Each entry includes a color-correct image of the medicationunlike most books that include the images in a separate section --Over 1,200 color images of pillsmore than any other book on the marketmake identifying medications easy and minimize the risk of error...whether brand name or generic --A bulleted list tells you what your health-care professional needs to know before you start taking a specific drug --Important details about how and when to take a drug for maximum effectiveness --A separate section explains exactly what to do if you miss a dose --Content updated at press time to guarantee the most current information available --Concise and consistent format helps readers find what they need easily --Explains how the older body metabolizes drugs differently
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the best medicine guides I have ever purchased. More up to date than most and easy to find whatever you're looking for. Good explanations on pros and cons of on each drug and helps one to make better choices. I looked up a drug that had been recommend to me by a doctor and the possible side effects scared me enough that I refused to take it. When I asked a second doctor his opinion, he said the drug was okay, but said the first doctor was starting me on a dose 4's too high for my size and age.
My dad asked me to order this for him after looking at one at the senior center. He was very impressed with how information is presented and the level of detail. Great reference book, however, it doesn't really have any information about vitamins or other supplements, e.g., Vitamin E, Fish Oil (Omega 3), etc.
For what it has, it has lots of easy-to-read information that is indeed useful. However, it only has information on about 1200 medications. Now, that sounds like a lot, but I guess it really isn't. The book doesn't cover a widely-used medication I take: Advair, probably the most prescribed Asthma medication in the USA for several years, is not here. Nor are its component parts. True, Advair is an inhaler and not a pill, but they do cover sinus sprays. Beats me! As for the elderly, the print is too small for most older folks, I believe. I have been using the Winter Griffith books and I guess I'll be going back to them next time. They are written in outline/list form and not complete sentences, but they seem to cover more. And that, essentially, is your decision: Do you want complete sentences, pretty layout but small print and not full coverage; or lists, ugly layout, big print, and more complete coverage? Your call.
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