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Section 1 - Assistive Technology
Section 2 - Divorce Issues
Section 3 - Drugs/Medications
Section 4 - Checklist, Documents, Forms
Section 5 - Employment Issues
Section 6 - Estate Planning
Advanced Directives & DNR's
Section 7 - Caregiver Resources
Patient Quality of Life: Should Doctors Guess It?
Incontinence Care
Section 8 - Children Seriously Ill
Children of The Chronically Ill
Siblings of Children with Special Health Needs
Guides To Disability Issues
End Stage Hospital & Home Care
Child With A Serious Illness
Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Camps-Special Needs Children
Children's Wish Foundations
Section 9 - For Kids
Section 10 - Family Resources
Section 11 - Patient Resources
Section 12 - Financial Aids
Section 13 - Insurance
Long Term Care Insurance
Section 14 - Legal
Section 15 - Long Term Care
Section 16 - Symptom Support
Section 17 - End of Life
Section 18 - Funeral Planning
Section 19 - After Death Occurs
Hospice FAQS
Symptom Support
Behavoir Strategies
Ill Person's Feelings
Caregiving & Family Harmony
Caregiver Grief ~Article
End of Life
Comforting A Dying Person
End Stages of Life
When Someone Dies
Funeral Planning
Bereavement Fares and Discounts
Common Bonds of Caregiving
Tips For Helping Your Friend
About me
Free Greeting Cards
Estate Planning Definition
Living & Other Trusts
Wills & Beneficiaries
State Laws On Wills
Conservator~Guardianship Definitions
Insurance Issues
Avoiding Probate
Prescription Drug Program I
Prescription Drug Cards II
Disability & SSDI Insurance Questions
Long Term Care Insurance
Employment Issues
Divorce Issues
State Laws-Statutes
Making A Personal File
Emergency Info Form
Emergency Planning
Health Care Surrogate
Forms, Checklist
Family Resources
Patient Resources
Rehab Tools-Assistive Tech. Categories
State Map-Ombudsman Program
NH Your Rights-Fact Sheets
Nursing Homes and Your Rights - Factsheets for some seriously ill or their caregivers.
Long Term Care-Facts & Rights
State & Federal Resources
Drug Resources
Grief & Sorrow
When death nears - Signs and Symptoms
Some Facts About Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
Things To Consider-Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
Section 3

The information under this section is for your information only. If someone is receiving care from more than one doctor, each doctor should be aware of all the drugs being taken.   Preferably, people should obtain all their prescription drugs from the same pharmacy, one that maintains a complete drug profile for each patient. The pharmacist can then check for the possibility of interactions and alert your physician and you.  Every person should fill out and keep an updated Medication Form to provide your health care professionals.

Consult your pharmacist when selecting over-the-counter drugs (for example, laxatives, antacids, and cough or cold remedies), particularly if you are also taking any prescription drugs.

Drug Information  - Resources to look up medications, alternative medicines, Ask Questions, Clinical Trials, Safety Issues, etc.
Look up or do a search definitions used to describe a loved ones symptoms or condition. 

Search by Medical Abbreviations, Pharmaceutical Companies, Medical Terms Dictionary, Medical ARticles, Drug Search, Merck Manual, Medical Books, Clinical Trials Googles and more!
Prescription Medication
our database has more than 60,000 entries for generic and brand-name drugs and related compounds, including immunizations, hormones, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other supplements. Don't remember how to spell it? Even typing the first few letters of the name will work
Ask A Patient  - Add a rating for your medicine or look at ratings and comments from other patients. This database contains all prescription drugs currently approved by the FDA, along with many over-the-counter medicines. Find your medicine bottle and type in the drug name (at least first three letters)
From the United States Pharmacopoeia
Columbia University Complete Home Medical Guide - Includes Drugs and their use
Do a search on your prescription.  Also see their Drug FAQs to see questions about drugs provided by Drug InfoNet users and the Answers provided by the Drug InfoNet Doctor.  They also provide: Official Package Inserts - Official Package Insert information on pharmaceuticals for both health professionals and consumers, available by brand name, generic name, manufacturer and therapeutic class and the Patient Package Inserts - Information on pharmaceuticals for patients, in easy-to-understand notation from the pharmaceutical manufacturers available by brand name, generic name, manufacturer and therapeutic class.
You may need to join to access this valuable information from the Harvard Medical Schools, but it's free.  Also see their:
Find information on more than 8,000 prescription and over-the-counter drugs
Requires a subscription to MedScape but it's free.  Excellent resource for research, scientific studies, etc.
Nurses PDR
Contains "Physicians Desk Reference" information for drugs from Delma Publishers. Provides recommended dosage amounts. Includes generic names. The PDR  is what your doctor probably uses to help with prescribing decisions.
Drug Price Compare
Pillbot.com  1  is the most advanced prescription comparison shopping guide on the Internet.  Searching for the "Best" price has never been easier. Simply type the name of the medication in the box above and click submit.  They are partnered with HealthMeds.com in order to provide you with special features like health related content
General Health Resources
Ordering and buying medication online is convenient but does require caution. The Food and Drug Administration offers guidelines ondetermining who's a reputable seller on the Web and how to detect fraud.
HealthCentralrx.com - A  general health site with specialized columnists. There's a psychiatrist with an interesting topic of the week, and a couple of people who write about health topics of interest to everybody. Features a topic of the month in which a doctor responds to a question. There's also a library of diseases, and a drug news link. You can register for a health profile and subscribe to a newsletter.

FDA brochure on using medicines wisely
National Assn. of Boards of Pharmacy's site. The NABP is a professional association representing the state boards of pharmacy in all 50 states. After you indicate whether you're looking for over-the-counter remedies, prescription medications or medical devices, the site brings up a list of online pharmacies.

The Merck Manual of Medical Information One of the most comprehensive sources of information!

Truth About Choosing Medical Treatments  FDA

Vitality Inc.Magazine - A very good resource on issues of Health in general. Excellent articles, links, etc.

Clinical Trials in Medicines

Clinical Trials - Yahoo long listing and links by type of therapy you're interest in.

Web Med Clinical Trials - Center Watch's listing of more than 7,500 clinical trials recruiting patients. It also lists
U.S. government-funded trials and drug treatments recently approved by the FDA.

Other Reading

Your Body - From Drug Info Net -The coolest part of this site is its medical reference and study section
which whisks you away to sites where you can see what your knee looks like from the inside. Click on a spot and you get the scientific name.
Alternative Medicines

Please note, these are links from other websites that I don't check/verify are operational.

Alternative Medicine An extensive list of links to alternative medicines from Yahoo.

Alternative Medicine Home

Alt-Health Watch is a full text resource for clinicians and consumers. It includes periodicals, peer-reviewed journals, academic and professional publications, magazines, consumer newsletters and newspapers, research reports, and association newsletters focused on complementary, alternative and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Center for Mind-Body Medicine has put together this list of on-line resources and links to help you navigate the internet and gather information relevant to your concerns. We have divided these links into categories for easy accessibility.


Health Care Information Resources -- Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Safety Issues
Dietary Supplements- USP created the Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP) to help inform and safeguard the growing number of consumers who use dietary supplements.  Dietary Supplements Information Monographs
Drugs and the Nutrients They Deplete-A Guide~what you should know
Drug Interactions: What You Should Know - Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
FDA (Food and Drug Administration
Drug Risk Navigation -This site requires you sign up (free) and provide information.  It allows you to search for drug interactions and side effects. To try, click on 'add drug', then add your conditions and allergies. Subscription available for patients to keep a health profile online.
The Food & Drug Interactions brochure is available. Click here to view a pdf version of the brochure.

Food & Drug Interactions  -Physicians and pharmacists recognize that some foods and drugs, when taken during the same period of time, can alter the body's ability to utilize a particular food or drug, or cause serious side effects. This brochure is designed to help you decide if your diet should be changed in any way to adjust to the effects of medicine you are using. It covers the interactions - that is, what can occur between foods and drugs - of the more commonly used medications, both prescription and nonprescription (or over-the-counter).  Developed jointly by: American Pharmaceutical Association, Food and Drug Administration, Food Marketing Institute,National Consumers League

InteliHealth Drug Index  Safety

Important Product Safety Information  FDA Safety Alerts for Drugs, Biologics, Devices, and Dietary Supplements

Index Of Safety-Related Drug Labeling    Summaries Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Institute for Safe Medication Practices  -Find the most current information on Alerts , Medication Safety, etc.
Medication Counseling Behavior Guidelines (USP) An evaluation tool to assist health care professionals in their efforts to improve patient counseling. Provides recommendations for effective medication counseling.  Is your health care professional providing these?
Internet gateway for timely safety information on the drugs and other medical products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Over-the-Counter Drugs Merck Manual  - Excellent Resource everyone should read!! Learn what you should and should NOT do when mixing prescriptions medications with OTC products. OTC drugs are those available without a prescription.  Safety depends on using an OTC drug properly.  Often the labels of OTC drugs don't list the full range of possible adverse reactions. As a result, many people assume that these drugs have few, if any, adverse effects.
Overview of Drugs-Merck Manual  - A drug may affect several functions, even though it's targeted at only one. For example, antihistamines can help relieve allergy symptoms such as a stuffy nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. But because most antihistamines affect the nervous system, they can also cause sleepiness, confusion, blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation, and problems with urination. (see box, page 41).Anyone taking a drug shouldn't hesitate to ask a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain the goals of treatment, the types of adverse drug reactions and other problems that may arise, and the extent to which they can participate in the treatment plan to help ensure the best outcome. (see page 46 in Chapter 11, Compliance With Drug Treatment) People should also keep their health care practitioners well informed about their medical history, current medications, and any other relevant information. Drug interactions may occur between prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) drugs. (see pages 36  in Chapter 8, Factors Affecting Drug Response and 65 in Chapter 13, Over-the-Counter Drugs)
Prescription Medicines Safety    -This guide will help you establish a better dialogue with your health care professionals, and provide you with some valuable information to make sure you use medications safely ... and effectively. From Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical
Recalls / Withdrawals / Safety Issues  From the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Virtual Drugstore:  Drug Caution Code an easy-to-understand warning system for non-prescription (OTC) medicines.
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