• How to change a nominated pharmacy?
    Advice for patients

    How to change a nominated pharmacy?

    Have you recently moved and want to change your pharmacy? Or perhaps you are not happy with the service you have been receiving from your current pharmacy, whatever the reason changing nominated pharmacy is easy and can be done in several ways. How to change a nominated pharmacy? In this post, I will discuss 7 easy ways of changing your nominated pharmacy.

  • Tesco sildenafil: a cheap erectile dysfunction service
    Advice for patients

    Tesco sildenafil: how to get a cheap “Viagra”?

    There are many ways of getting sildenafil. Sildenafil can be prescribed on NHS or private prescription, it can be purchased from a pharmacy or online pharmacies, or patients can use different private erectile dysfunction services widely provided by online pharmacies / online doctors. Since 2018 sildenafil became available over the counter from pharmacies without a prescription, under a branded name as Viagra Connect. In 2020, we saw a launch of Aronix, another brand of sildenafil available over the counter without a prescription and priced much more competitively. Today I am going to write about one of the cheapest ways of getting sildenafil without seeing a GP or having a prescription:…

  • Over the counter laxatives UK: the best list
    Advice for patients

    The Best Over the Counter Laxatives UK

    Most over the counter laxatives in the UK are available without a prescription. There are four main classes of laxatives which patients can use to manage constipation effectively and fast. Over the counter laxatives (UK) are licensed as General Sale List Products (GSL), available in any retail outlet including pharmacies, and Pharmacy Only medicines (P), which can only be purchased from registered pharmacies, including online pharmacies under a supervision of a pharmacist. Within each class, over the counter laxatives have specific licensed age restrictions with some available for children only on prescription.   In this post, I will discuss over the counter laxatives commonly used in the UK. I relation to…

  • Ranitidine alternative drugs
    Advice for patients

    14 Best RANITIDINE Alternative Drugs

    Ranitidine alternative drugs are in demand. UK markets have been wiped out from ranitidine, a popular medication used mainly in the management of indigestion / acid reflux. In the US and UK, ranitidine was subject to a number of recalls at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 due to possible contamination with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen (a chemical that possibly causes cancer). The topic of ranitidine and cancer risk was previously discussed in the post: Ranitidine – Cancer: what is the risk? Ranitidine alternative drugs will be discussed in this post, in brief, the following will be reviewed: Ranitidine: drug classification and licensed use Drugs…

  • Aronix (sildenafil) - new erectile dysfunction pill reviewed
    Drug reviews,  Pharmacy insights

    Aronix sildenafil – a NEW, CHEAP Erectile Dysfunction Pill

    A new brand of sildenafil drug used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction(ED) has been launched. Aronix (sildenafil) is classified as a pharmacy-only medication (P), available without a prescription from a pharmacy or registered online pharmacies. Aronix is not the first pharmacy medication available without a prescription for the treatment of ED. Viagra Connect has been available since 2018 as over the counter pharmacy medication; however, what is exciting about Aronix is the price, which is much lower as compared to Viagra Connect.

  • Warfarin alternative drugs
    Advice for patients

    Warfarin Alternative Drugs: everything you need to know

    Warfarin is the most used anticoagulant in the UK, with a history going back to the 1950s when it was approved for human use in 1954. Over 60 years later and the popularity of warfarin is indisputable. Two factors contributing to the wide use of warfarin are the effectiveness and low cost of the drug. However, as you are about to learn from this post, the prescribing of warfarin is in decline in place of warfarin alternative drugs, a new group of novel anticoagulant drugs known as Non-Vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC). I this post will review: warfarin mechanism of action and indicated use, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of…

  • Tyrozets review of throat lozenges
    Drug reviews

    Tyrozets review of throat lozenges

    Tyrozets sore throat lozenges are pharmacy-only medication (P) licensed in the management of sore throats and throat irritations, for example, following a surgical procedure to remove tonsils or other mouth procedures. Tyrozets are advertised as a product with dual action, which comes from it’s two active ingredients. Firstly, Tyrozets quickly numbs the throat, helping with the management of the pain, and secondly, an antibiotic used in the formulation of lozenges ‘help to fight the throat infection’. Tyrozets review covers the following:  license use review of Tyrozets review of possible side effects discussion on the effectiveness in relation to its two main active ingredients discussion on the use of Tyrozets lozenges…

  • NSAIDs alternative to Naproxen
    Advice for patients

    NSAIDs Alternative to Naproxen – EPIC LIST

    Naproxen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is commonly prescribed medication in the UK used in the management of conditions associated with pain and inflammation. In this post, I discuss the availability of naproxen alternative drugs in the UK. I will briefly explain what NSAIDs are used for, their mechanism of action, common side effects, and then list over the counter and prescribed alternatives to naproxen.

  • EpiPen shortage UK
    Advice for patients

    EpiPen shortage UK: WHY? How To Get EpiPen

    EpiPen, a device containing adrenaline (ephedrine) used in allergic emergencies, has been subject to shortages since late 2017. Patients who are at risk of an anaphylactic reaction, which can be life-threatening, are advised to keep two pens with them at all times. EpiPen shortage in the UK has been covered widely by mainstream media; therefore, in this post, I will focus on the process of getting an EpiPen device and discuss alternative treatment options and supply issues around them. Recently I was surprised when a patient presented a prescription for EpiPen and traveled 20 miles as their local pharmacy could not supply EpiPen as ‘items is out of stock.’ In…

  • Lemborexant (Davigo) by Eisai new sleeping pill
    Pharmacy insights

    Lemborexant a New Sleeping Pill Approved

    Lemborexant (brand name: DAYVIGO™), developed by Eisai, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, was recently approved in the US for the treatment of insomnia with symptoms of difficulty in falling asleep or maintaining the sleep during the night. Although there is a number of prescription medications used in the UK for the management of insomnia, Lemborexant’s mechanism of action differs from drugs currently available in the UK. Will Lemborexant be available in the UK? How does it work? Is Lemborexant effective, and how does it compare to commonly used Zolpidem in the treatment of insomnia? Can you be dependent on Lemborexant? These are some of the questions I will answer in this…