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  • Anonymous
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      I always look at the PDR, both for myself and my dear darling. I also
      recommend trying a web search for info on some meds. I was able to find
      a couple of sites that had info on lithium carbonate that were written
      in English, not medicalese when my DD had to go on that. The PDR can be
      a bit hard to translate, but perserverance, a good reference librarian and
      the help of your friendly pharmacist can get you running up to speed on
      the PDR.

      Jean C

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        I make a habit of doing that, too after having an experience of one certain drug damaging one certain organ beyond repaire for life. My pharmacist gladly give me a copy of the pages (from the PDR) on the drug I am to take. Our local drug stores have a computerized system to keep a track of our medicine to make sure of no interactions or contradictions and also give us a basic summary of what the drug is (like its generic name, what it does, possible side effects, contradictions, etc). Very helpful for those who are not into medical stuff.

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          I would like to suggest something that I have done for years that has
          saved me much heart ache: whenever my doctor prescribes medication, I
          always go look it up in a book commonly found at any library. The
          Physicians Desk Reference.

          The pharmacies do not readily give all the information to patients only
          common information. Have you see ads for pharmaceuticals in magazines look
          at the back of the pages.. That is the information you would get from
          the Physicians Desk Reference.

          My dad was taking medication for something and was also diabetic.
          When he started taking it his sugar increased. he thought he
          was doing something wrong with his diet. I checked the PDR and it
          said the medication would make his sugar increase. When he found that
          out he felt better, he knew then what was causing it.

          Annette marie

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            Their is also a PDR written for the layperson. It’s called the
            Physician’s Desk Reference Patient Information. It’s a nice
            resource and it’s written in plain english.

            There is also an online source I like to use and recommend in my
            Library. It is at This is a neat site
            that anyone can use and answer a multitude of questions. One of the
            internal sites is “Health Organizations.” Click on that site and
            it will lead you to the “US Pharmacopeia Drug Information site.”
            At this site you can type in your drug and then they will give
            you the choice of reading the “easy” definition or the “technical”
            definition. It’s a nice site. Hope this helps.


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