There’s no better place to get medical information than from a licensed physician. The library and librarians know that of course. But we also know that people can gain a sense of empowerment and comfort from being able to find information on your own when it comes to health conditions and prescribed medications. Being in a doctor’s office can also be pretty overwhelming which makes it hard to take in all the information you’re given.
That’s when resources like the Physician’s Desk Reference can be a real asset. The PDR has been an annual publication since 1947 and provides information on prescription drugs gathered from the Federal Drug Administration as well as pharmaceutical manufacturers. The print version, which you can find in the reference collection of every Austin Public Library location, contains an index of manufacturer’s, the brand name and generic name of medications, a product category index (showing which medications are used for specific conditions/symptoms), and of course extensive entries on each drug that include descriptions, related clinical studies, information on drug interaction and more. Some of it is pretty dense but it provides really useful overviews of both medications and the conditions for which they are prescribed.
PDR is the definitive work of this type but it’s not the only reliable source for this information. You can also find great information from PDR’s online counterparts – PDR.net and PDRhealth.com – and the National Library of Medicine’s service Medline Plus.
Looking for more information on health research and resources, check out the library’s Health Resources page with lists and links to tons of information available to you for free through the library! And of course, don’t forget to ask your doctor!