What information is presented?

We begin the first section on Knowing Your Medications by discussing how physicians make treatment decisions (Chapter 2) and where you can find information about medications (Chapters 3 and 4). After a review of the types of benefits medications offer (Chapter 5), there is a discussion about treatment alternatives (Chapters 6-8), followed by information on safety issues (Chapters 9-11). The next section addresses Special Considerations for certain patient groups (Chapters 12-15). The third section, Buying Your Medication, is intended to help you limit your medication costs (Chapters 16-23). The next section, Responding to Treatment, explains how patients may differ in their treatment responses, factors that influence these responses, and some associated risks (Chapters 24-34). Later, in Facing Challenges, we discuss special issues that you may encounter (Chapters 35-40). The importance of taking your medications as prescribed is addressed in the section on Following Treatment Recommendations (Chapters 41-45). Later, we offer two sections that review topics of special interest, Documenting Medication Effects (Chapters 46-49) and Regulations (Chapters 50-59). In Chapter 60, we summarize our recommendations. The final chapter focuses on ways in which the use of medications can be improved in the future.

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