What Do I Take?: Consumer's Guide to Non-Prescription Drugs, A

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With drugstore shelves crowded with brand-name and generic products, all claiming to be more effective than the next, choosing an over-the-counter remedy can be confusing, sometimes even overwhelming. Even the most obscure ailments now have whole regiments of products dedicated to them.

What Do I Take? is the solution to this problem. The first drug guide to be arranged by ailment rather than drug name, What Do I Take? provides information on more than 400 over-the-counter products rated for more than 50 specific ailments. Based on a national survey of pharmacists and members of APhA, the products are rated on a 10-point scale for effectiveness, speed of relief, ease of use and frequency of recommendation.

What Do I Take? also includes a "Pharmacists Say..." section, which contains useful advice about the ailment and recommended medication; a "When to See a Doctor" section identifying important warning signs; an annotated reference index and a glossary of active ingredients.

The American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) is the national professional society of pharmacistsand is the largest such organization with 48,000 members. APhA publishes American Pharmacy, Pharmacy Todayand the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Janice Fudyma is cofounder of the Bernhardt Fudyma Design Group,which has won numerous national graphic design awards. The Library of Congress has selected the firm's work forits permanent collection.

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Anyone who's ever been sick of lingering cold symptoms and has walked into a drugstore and looked through bleary, runny eyes at the shelves of cold remedies will appreciate this book. It lists all the major over-the-counter drugs for a number of ailments--from allergies to hangovers to sunburn--and then shows how pharmacists rate them. What's really interesting about What Do I Take? is that it takes sides: the book tells you which of the major name-brand drugs actually works best in each category. There are some anomalies--for example, the pharmacists recommend Advil over Nuprin for toothache relief, even though Nuprin rates higher in speed of relief and lack of side effects--but, hey, at least you know professional pharmacists can be just as beholden to brand names as the average, confused consumer.

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