Advice for patients
Articles and advice for patients around conditions and their treatment.
The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraception which can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or when other forms of contraception has failed, for example, a split condom. There are different routes of getting the morning after pill. In this post, I will cover describe how to get the morning after pill for free.
Metronidazole is a commonly used antibiotic for the treatment of variety infections, where anaerobic bacteria are suspected to be a causative organism. Some common infections treated with metronidazole are acute dental infections, rosacea, and bacterial vaginosis. One of the warnings on the dispensing label for this antibiotic include interaction between metronidazole and alcohol. This warning states: Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication. What is the reason for metronidazole & alcohol warning?
Aspirin is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world (Jones, 2005) and the UK. Despite its wide availability and low price, last year in the UK, aspirin was prescribed more than 23 mln times (OpenPrescribing.net, 2019). In this post, I will be talking about baby aspirin.
FreeStyle Libre is an innovative device designed for diabetic patients to monitor their glucose continuously. So far, all diabetic patients who wanted to use FreeStyle Libre had to self-fund the device. From April 2019, a new agreement came into place, allowing some diabetic patients to be prescribed FreeStyle Libre on NHS. In this post, I summarise Freestyle Libre and NHS criteria that need to be fulfilled in order to get the sensor prescribed by a GP.
After my recent post on Omeprazole’s alternative drugs, I want to stay in the subject of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and its treatment. In this post, I will contrast Ranitidine vs Omeprazole and briefly discuss: the differences between both classes of drugs (mechanism of action) the effectiveness of Ranitidine vs Omeprazole their safety (contrast of possible side effects) use of Ranitidine and Omeprazole together at the same time How the mechanism of action differs between ranitidine & omeprazole? Ranitidine and Omeprazole belong to different classes of drugs, both used in the treatment of heartburn/indigestion. Ranitidine is classified as an h2 receptor antagonist, commonly named h2 blockers. Omeprazole belongs to a group of drugs called proton…
Omeprazole is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK, mainly used for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) with symptoms such as heartburn caused by stomach acid, which rises from the stomach into the oesophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). In this post, I will discuss different Omeprazole alternative drugs available for the public to buy and options for prescription-only medications. Additionally, the following will be reviewed: classification of omeprazole classification of omeprazole alternative drugs licensed use of omeprazole and omeprazole alternative drugs availability of omeprazole over the counter, and finally options for omeprazole alternative drugs available without a prescription and on prescription
In this short post, I will explain the rationale for naproxen use in the management of pain and inflammation and answer if naproxen and paracetamol can be taken together.
St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a traditional herbal medicine with a long history of use for different conditions. Nowadays, of St John’s wort is mainly as an herbal supplement to help with symptoms of mild depression and anxiety. In this post I am looking at St John’s wort effectiveness and possible side effects associated with taking this herbal product.
It’s the weekend and you ran out of your blood pressure or asthma medication. What can you do? Getting an emergency supply of a prescription only medication from the pharmacy is one of the options you may have.
How to get a repeat prescription? There is a number of ways of ordering repeat NHS prescriptions. I this post I will summarise different ways of ordering your NHS repeatable prescription. Repeatable prescriptions have normally limit on a number of issues over a certain amount of time, following which patients are normally due to have a medication review with their doctor.