Drugs > Books
Drugs > Books
Welcome to the Health & Medical eGuide chapter on Drugs, where you will find drug information in a variety of formats. We have many resources to use at the Orange County Library System as well as online.
Let us begin our overview of resources covering Drugs starting with those found in books. The print collection on the subject may be found in Reference in the 615s.
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For more than 50 years, doctors have relied upon the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) for the latest, most accurate drug information. The PDR contains data on over 4,000 drugs by brand and generic name, manufacturer and product categories. It also provides usage information and warnings, drug interactions, and more than 2,000 full-size, color photos cross referenced to the drug.
PDR for Herbal Medicines contains over 600 herbal medicines listed alphabetically by both the plant's scientific and common name. Because the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate herbal medicine, the findings of the German Regulatory Authority are reported.
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The Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs provides an easy-to-use chart format for quick access to data, guidelines to avoid dangerous interactions, information on dangerous side effects, warnings and vital data for safe use, and over 5,000 brand names and 800 generic names.
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The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine is another general medicine resource written by doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who translate medical disorders, conditions, tests, and treatments into almost 1,500 easy-to-read articles of one to ten pages. This resource is available as a five volume set at the Orlando Public Library, or online (please see the E-book section of this chapter for additional details).
Drugs > Online Databases
Be sure to visit our Online Databases for information on Health & Medicine, particularly:
Health and Wellness Resource Center
Use this resource center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, alcohol and drug abuse, occupational health and safety, prescription drugs, herbal remedies, and alternative or complementary treatments, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites, as well as government databases. Material contained in this resource center is intended for informational purposes only.
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Health Reference Center Academic
Use this database to find articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for information purposes only.
Drugs > E-books
Gale Virtual Reference Library e-books provide fully searchable, current information on alternate medicine and medicine in general.
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine 1st edition, 4 volumes. Presents current, unbiased information on alternative and complementary medical practices, including acupuncture, osteopathy, and yoga.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine 2nd edition, 5 volumes. Includes information on more than 1,600 medical disorders and concepts.
Drugs > World Wide Web
The PDR resources are published for the health professional community. The drug information on the PDR Health Web site is written in lay terms and is based on the FDA-approved drug information found in the PDR. It gives consumers plain English explanations for the safe and effective use of prescription and nonprescription drugs that are consistent with the information professionals are referencing in the PDR.
Use this section to read about a drug your doctor may have prescribed to check for side effects, drug interactions, and other important information. You will find two access points to the drug pages, along with access to other pages that you may find helpful.
Medline Plus provides useful data on drugs, prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, and herbs and supplements.