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                                  ENTRY FORMAT
   Brand name: The main name under which               contains a warning that the product should
   the product and all other dosage forms in           not be used in a certain condition, it is shown
   the monograph are marketed.                         within this publication as either a contrain-
   Company: The name of the company to con-            dication or as a precaution with a qualifying
   tact for more medical information.                  statement such as “not for use in” or “not
                                                       recommended” depending on how the
   Legal category: Federal schedule. The laws          official labeling is worded. Although not
   governing the prescribing/dispensing of             explicitly stated, hypersensitivity to the
   products vary from state to state.                  drug, to others in its class, to related drugs,
   Pharmacologic class: The chemical/thera-            or to any of its excipients, is assumed to be a
   peutic class of the drug is listed in italics.      contraindication in all entries. Interacting
   Generic name: The active ingredients and            contraindicated drugs not marketed in the
   strengths are listed under the name of each         United States are not included.
   dosage form. If the product contains                Precautions: Conditions in which special
   tartrazine, alcohol, flavors, or is alcohol-,       attention is required for patients. Also listed
   sugar-, or dye-free, it is noted. Abbrevia-         are recommended tests that should be
   tions are used to describe the dosage form          performed during therapy, e.g., “Monitor
   and its formulation, e.g., tabs, caps, “e-c” =      renal function”; special side effects that may
   enteric coated, “sust rel” = sustained-             necessitate the discontinuation of therapy;
   release, “ext rel” = extended-release.              and warnings to patients, e.g., “If serious
   Also: Other formulations of the product             diarrhea occurs, discontinue therapy.” If a
   appear as “ALSO” within the same entry.             decision must be made whether to
   Generally, only those forms used by office-         discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug,
   based practitioners are listed.                     or if a drug should generally not be used in
                                                       pregnancy, the phrase “not recommended”
   Indications: Only the approved indications          is used.
   are listed. The wording may be condensed,
   e.g., “Edema” and not “Edema due to car-            Interactions: Drug, some food and labora-
   diac failure, hepatic cirrhosis, etc.” When a       tory test interactions appear here, such as
   product has more than one indication, it may        potentiation and/or antagonism of the ref-
   appear in other therapeutic sections. Only          erence drug’s effects and any other clinical-
   the indications relevant to the therapeutic         ly important potential interactions. When
   section in which the entry appears are shown.       an interaction is suspected, all relevant
                                                       drugs should be checked since reciprocal
   Dose: Adults: Standard doses with the ac-
                                                       effects are not necessarily listed. Interacting
   knowledgement that doses should be indi-
                                                       drugs not marketed in the United States are
   vidualized according to pa
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