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A new book entitled "What everyone should know about medicines" is just
authored by me. This is a consumer guidance book empowering patients to promote
safe and effective use of medicines.
What Everyone should know about Medicines
Author(s) : Guru Prasad Mohanta
ISBN : 9789383635245
Type : Textbook
Publisher : PharmaMed Press/BSP Books
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
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.
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
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