should we use a small number of drugs?
The practice of prescribing numerous drugs is not recommended.
If we succeed in limiting the number of commonly used drugs,
we will gain a significantly better knowledge of these substances.
The better we know our pharmaceutical products, the more certain
we are in their application, and the smaller the risk of adverse
reactions. The drugs selected for this guide represent possible
staple constituents for a therapeutic arsenal, which in no
way claims to be comprehensive. In fact, it focuses on the
common problems in the general practice.
to a mere listing, the "Infomed Drug Guide" contains critically
evaluated, general information on the selected substances,
and is to be considered an aid in the daily practice of medicine.
The drugs have been selected in such a way that 90% of all
the problems occurring in primary medicine, can be dealt with,
assuming of course that the problem can be treated pharmacologically.
The treatment of the remaining 10% of the problems in primary
medicine necessitates another 200 plus drugs. However, it
is crucial that an optimal level of knowledge be achieved
for all common problems.
practice-oriented selection is based to a large extent on
the personal experiences of the editor. We do not claim to
have found the best selection available. As the number of
substances has been determined more or less arbitrarily, several
of these drugs could be replaced by others with similar properties.
This means that an equally small, but individually chosen
supply, would also suffice for the requirements of a daily
practice. The aim of this model is to demonstrate that limiting
one's self to a relatively small number of drugs is not only
possible, but advantageous.