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Do You Really Need That Pill?: How to Avoid Side Effects, Interactions, and Other Dangers of Overmedication

Jennifer Jacobs, M.D., MPH and David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

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A silent epidemic in the U.S. is imperiling our health: over-medication. Today, one-third of all adults take two or more prescription drugs and half of all seniors take more than five daily. This book—the first of its kind—shows readers how to avoid the dangers of over-medication.

The first half of the book describes the harmful effects of taking too many drugs, including drug-drug interactions, medication errors, unintentional overdoses, unnecessary medications, made-up illnesses (“restless leg syndrome”), and side effects that actually mimic a new illness.

The second half discusses the benefits and harm caused by many of the most popular drugs used to treat diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, acid reflux, depression, and pain. It tells which drugs are really needed, and whether or not they cause side effects.

Finally, readers will learn how to discuss their concerns about too many medications with their health care providers, simple ways to make positive lifestyle changes, and when to consider alternative healing approaches.

Combining stories of those who have suffered ill effects from taking too many drugs with data from cutting edge medical findings, Do You Really Need to Take That Pill? helps readers realize they can choose different solutions to their health problems.

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Publisher

Skyhorse Publishing

Publication Date

June 5, 2018

Page Count

336

ISBN

9781510715653

Format

Ebook

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About the Author

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College; his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health. He is the founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, immediate past president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and founder/president of the True Health Initiative.

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