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Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs An Interactive Approach to Self-Care, 17th Edition

Thoroughly updated and revised, the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care provides accessible information on nonprescription drug pharmacotherapy, nutritional supplements, medical foods, nondrug and preventive measures, and complementary and alternative therapies. The 17th edition helps students and practitioners develop problem-solving skills needed to assess and triage a pharmacy patient s medical complaints. It provides Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved dosing information and evidence-based research on the efficacy and safety of over-the-counter (OTC) and herbal medications.

52 peer-reviewed chapters provide updated content on OTC medications and complementary therapies, prescription-to-OTC conversions, FDA revised or final rules, FDA safety and label warnings, therapeutic issues and controversies, treatment or prevention guidelines, OTC drug withdrawals from the market, and updated product tables and references.
Disease-oriented chapters contain new and revised case studies, treatment algorithms, comparisons of self-treatments, patient education boxes, product selection guidelines, and dosage and administration guidelines.
A new chapter, Self-Care Components of Selected Chronic Diseases covers asthma, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and heart failure, dyslipidemia, and osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Key Points section at the end of chapters highlights important concepts.
Available online through subscription to PharmacyLibrary with robust classroom resources, including monthly chapter updates, chapter presentations through template PowerPoint slides, links to credible websites, and supplemental QuEST/SCHOLAR case studies.


This textbook remains the most comprehensive review of self-care disorders and nonprescription medications available to pharmacists and students. –Ashley Branham, PharmD The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, September 2009

About the Author

Rosemary R. Berardi, PharmD
Editor in Chief
Professor of Pharmacy
Department of Clinical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Honestly, I only got this because I would have been kicked out of class if I didn’t. Not worth the buy at all, especially since online references are a lot more updated and a lot more reliable if you know where to look.

On first impression I was surprised by how physically light this textbook is for its size. The text reads clearly, but the tables are most valuable for getting to reference information quickly. This would be a great addition to a family bookshelf for when anyone needs safe medical self-care for pain or a multitude of common problems.

I’m in pharmacy school and this was a requirement. We had an online copy but after getting the physical book I was hooked. The format of the book is pretty straightforward and is easy to navigate. The information is very thorough and there are handy flowcharts to help you process the information. As well there are counseling examples with summaries so you can tailor the information to the patient and overload them with details.

This book met my expectations. The only thing about the book that I don’t like is that it is boring to read, but I expected that. It is a textbook. I do think the charts they use are helpful when it comes to understanding the content.

I agree with the person that said this book is light for its size, but I really wish it came in a Kindle edition since that would be much easier to read. I do wish that the book gave more brand names of the different drugs. The tables are helpful as noted in the previous reviews, which might be a problem if this were on Kindle. This probably isn’t the right place to say this, but it sure would be nice if the Kindle reader function could zoom in on things because the one drawback I have noted with my other textbooks on Kindle is that some of the tables are really difficult to read and they do not zoom–it would be nice to have that upgraded.

Wow. What can I say that hasn’t been said before. Well, this book is excellent. I’ve been using it this first semester in my pharmacy OTC class. I like the organization of the charts. What is really great about this book, is that despite it’s large and thick size, it’s VERY light!

Product Details :

  • Series: Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs
  • Hardcover: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: American Pharmacists Asscociation; 17 edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582121605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582121604
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 2.1 inches

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