updated 6/1/2011 3:15:12 PM ET 2011-06-01T19:15:12

The publisher of the Physicians' Desk Reference is releasing a book intended to give consumers basic information about hundreds of commonly prescribed drugs.

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The PDR Consumer Guide to Prescription Drugs contains dosages, side effects, interactions and comparisons of 400 common prescription drugs. The book also contains color photos of the products and other information based on Food and Drug Administration-approved labeling.

The paperback book is published by PDR Network, which said it is available in stores and online.

"This guide allows consumers to better understand the medications they are taking, empowering them to partner with their physicians to optimize their well-being," Andrew Gelman, senior vice president of PDR Network, said in a statement.

The book is listed at $24.95 on the PDR Network website.

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