• 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…

  • Treatment of Conjunctivitis in Babies
    Advice for patients

    Treatment of Conjunctivitis in Babies

    Conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye) is a common childhood eye condition characterised by redness of an eye due to inflammation of the conjunctiva, an outer membrane that covers the surface of the eye. It is very common for parents to seek treatment for conjunctivitis from the pharmacy, although in many cases, conjunctivitis is a self-limiting condition. In this post, I will discuss the treatment of conjunctivitis in babies.

  • Duac Once Daily Gel
    Drug reviews

    Duac Once Daily Gel – 15 Facts You Must Know

    Acne is a common skin condition characterised by the presence of blackheads or whiteheads and/or inflamed pimples. Acne has an impact on adolescents and contributes to physical, intellectual, and emotional changes (Revol et al., 2015). Topical drugs are considered a first-line treatment in the management of mild to moderate acne. The choice of skin preparation in the treatment of acne includes a topical retinoid, a topical antibiotic, and azelaic acid 20%. Furthermore, it is recommended that topical antibiotics are always used in combination with benzoyl peroxide. Duac Once Daily gel represents this combination. Here are 15 facts about Duac product and its use in the treatment of acne.

  • Dianette for acne
    Drug reviews

    Dianette For Acne – review of use and side effects

    Acne is a common skin condition. In the UK, more than 3.5 million visits are made by patients to GP practices, who seek the treatment for this condition. The first-line treatment for acne includes topical preparations, such as topical retinoid products, topical antibiotics, alone or in combination with benzoyl peroxide (NICE, 2018). Hormonal treatment is recommended when patients do not respond to first-line therapy and as an optional treatment to systemic (oral) antibiotics. Today, I review the use of Dianette for acne treatment, a hormonal (contraceptive) pill available as a prescription-only medication.

  • Omeprazole liquid
    Drug reviews

    Omeprazole liquid: indications, form, cost & availability

    What is Omeprazole liquid Omeprazole liquid, formally known as Omeprazole oral suspension is a liquid form on Omeprazole drug, a prescription-only medication (POM). Omeprazole liquid can only be prescribed by a GP or other qualified prescriber. A liquid formulation of Omeprazole is designed for the administration of the drug in the young population, including babies, toddlers, and children or patients with swallowing difficulties.

  • Orlistat review of effectiveness
    Drug reviews

    Orlistat review: Can you achieve a weight loss?

    As many of us are aware, losing weight can be difficult. Intake of dietary fat (‘bad fat’) can significantly increase calorie intake and contribute to overall obesity. Orlistat is one of two drugs available in the UK for the management of obesity. Orlistat stops the absorption of fats in the body, causing weight loss. The following main areas will be covered by Orlistat review: Orlistat (P) and Orlistat (POM) what is the difference? Who can buy Orlistat? Orlistat review of mechanism of action Can you get Orlistat on the NHS? Orlistat review of the effectiveness Orlistat review of side effects Drug interactions