Advice for patients

Articles and advice for patients around conditions and their treatment.

  • Ranitidine vs Omeprazole can you take both drugs together?
    Advice for patients

    Ranitidine vs Omeprazole: which drug is better?

    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…

  • List of drugs alternative to Omeprazole
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    13 Omeprazole Alternative Drugs Best for Acid Reflux

    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

  • Advice for patients

    St John’s wort effectiveness

    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.

  • How to get a repeat prescription
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    How to get a repeat prescription?

    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.

  • Advice for patients

    Generic drugs versus branded drugs

    The vast majority of drugs dispensed in pharmacies are generic drugs. In some circumstances, patient request branded products to be dispensed or prescriber decides to write a prescription for branded rather than a generic product. Does it really matter which drugs are used by patients? What is the difference between branded and generic drug? Can patient request branded product to be dispensed on ‘generic prescription’?

  • Advice for patients

    Migraleve Pink alternative

    Migraleve Pink is out of stock! What is the alternative product? Migraleve Pink tables disappeared from UK pharmacies few months ago and currently there is no signs of any come back. A very vague message on migraleve.co.uk suggests it’s a temporary situation and that the producers are ‘working hard to resolve the situation’. We now know that the issues is not temporary as Migraleve Pink has been out of stock since mid 2018. Update June 2019: As of end of June Migraleve Pink, and Migraleve packs containing Pink Tablets and Yellow Tablets are now available.

  • Advice for patients,  Pharmacy insights

    Drugs that keep you awake: modafinil

    Modafinil is the main focus of today’s post. It will be part of posts on prescription drugs that keep you awake and/or affect cognitive performance. I will summarise the mechanism of action of each drug in relation to wakefulness and possible effects on cognitive performance and whether they fall into ‘smart drug’ category. Smart drugs have been attracting a larger audience in recent years among students, bankers and shift workers. It is a known fact that armies around the world use stimulants to improve performance during a long duration missions (Bower, 2003). Movies like Limitless contributed to greater interest in smart drugs, particularly modafinil which received a label of NZT-48…

  • How long does prescription last?
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    How long does prescription last?

    Prescriptions (NHS, private & vet) need to be dispensed within an appropriate time frame. All prescriptions: NHS, computer-generated, electronic (EPS), or handwritten must be dated. Prescriptions without a date are not legally valid and most likely will not be dispensed. Generally, the most important factor which affects prescription expiry date is the presence of a controlled drug. So, how long does prescription last? Read on.