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What Everyone should know about Medicines
Author(s) :Guru Prasad Mohanta

ISBN : 9789383635245
Name : What Everyone should know about Medicines
Price : 295.00
Author/s : Guru Prasad Mohanta
Type : Reference Book
Pages : 302
Year of Publication : 2014
Publisher : PharmaMed Press/BSP Books
Binding : Paperback
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About the Book

Medicines are perhaps the greatest weapons of the mankind to fight diseases and death, but are double edged weapons. They help recovering from illness and restoring health if used properly, but can harm if not used appropriately, even causing life threatening situations including death. Inappropriate medicine use is unnecessary wastage of resources. Medicines have helped increasing life expectancy but in some situations they have harmed too. The antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective due resistance developed by random use. The book provides guidance on using medicines appropriately in a simple and easily understandable language. 

            The book intends to empower the readers with skill and knowledge to make informed decisions about how to use medicines (including when not to use them) and get the maximum benefit. It helps to understand the importance of medicines in individual's health.  

            It is a comprehensive medicine user guide for common public. A must for everyone!


Part A (General Topics) 1. You as Consumer of Medicine Use (Consumers’ Rights) 2. You must know about your Medicine 3. Names of Medicines (Medicine -What is in a Name?) 4. Types of Medicines (Dosage Forms) 5. Branded vs Generic Medicines 6. Buying Medicines 7. Medicines’ Price 8. Expiry Date of Medicines 9. Storing Medicines at Home 10. Laws and Regulations Governing Medicines 11. Rational Use of Medicines 12. How do Medicines Work 13. Fate of Medicines in the Body (How does Body Handle Medicines?) 14. Safety of Medicines (How do you Protect Yourself?) 15. Medicines can be Toxic Too 16. Adherence to Medications 17. Missing a Dose (If you Miss a Dose ----) 18. Prescription and Non-prescription Medicines 19. Medicines for Children 20. Medicines for Elderly Persons 21. Medicines during Pregnancy (Are Medicines during Pregnancy Safe?) 22. Medicines during Breast Feeding (Avoid Medicines during Breast Feeding) 23. Development of Medicines 24. Clinical Trials 25. Be Informed before Participating in Clinical Trials 26. New Drugs: Pros and Cons 27. Drink and Medicine (On Medication - Then keep off Alcohol) 28. Food and Medicines (Does Food affect Medicine?) 29. Home Medicines Kit 30. Medicines during Travel (For Safe Travel, Pack Your Medicines Too!) 31. Combination Medicines (Fixed Dose Combination Medicines – How useful they are!) 32. Advertisement on Medicines (Say No to AD Treatment) 33. Internet Medicines (e-Medicines) 34. Medicine Information Sources (Where to Get Information) 35. Patenting of Medicine 36. Patent Medicine-Battle Finally Won! 37. Use, Misuse and Abuse of Medicines 38. Use and Abuse of Medicines in Sports 39. Splitting of Tablets 40. Use of Injections 41. Jan Aushadhi for Affordable Quality Medicines 42. Off Label Use of Medicines (Pill Poppers, Wake Up!) 43. Herbal Medicines PART B Medicine Administration 44. Orally Taking Medicines 45. Ophthalmic Medicines 46. Ear Products 47. Nasal Products 48. Metered Dose Inhalers 49. Rectally Administered Products 50. Vaginally Administered Products PART C Individual Medicines 51. Pain and Fever Relieving Medicines  52. Gastric Acid Relieving Medicines 53. Antibiotics 54. Anti-Malaria Medicines 55. Anti-Tuberculosis Medicines 56. Anti-Asthma Medicines 57. Constipation Treating Medicines 58. Contraceptives 59. Cold and Cough Medicines 60. Anti-diabetic Medicines 61. Anti-diarrhoeal Medicines 62. Medicines for Filariasis 63. Medicines for Anaemia 64. Vaccines 65. Vitamins 66. Anti-Emetic Medicines (Medicines for Vomiting) 67. Others

About the Author

Dr. Guru Prasad Mohanta, Former World Health Organization National Technical Officer, is a Professor of Pharmacy at Annamalai University. With his training and experience, he is passionate in educating the common man on appropriate use of medicines. He was the recipient of Best Researcher Award during 2011-2012 by Annamalai University.

            He has more than 28 years of teaching, research and professional experience at various levels with credit of more than 350 publications including Newspaper columns and popular articles. He has travelled widely and visited countries like Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Malaysia.   Besides, his regular teaching and research responsibility at Annamalai University, he participates as trainer on Rational Use of Medicines, Medicines Management and Pharmacoeconomics, and delivered more than 100 invited lectures.  He is the author of several popular books.
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