Advice for patients

Articles and advice for patients around conditions and their treatment.

  • Advice for patients

    Over the counter: sleeping pills

    In this post I will summarise the main sleeping products available in UK for relief of temporary sleeping problems which are available over the counter without a prescription. Insomnia can be caused by number of factors. Some common include stress and anxiety. Changing you sleeping habits can improve your sleeping. However there are number of things that can be done to relief insomnia. NHS UK and Mind offer some excellent tips on improving your sleep. All products available over the counter ‘for sleeping’ contain sedative antihistamines as main active ingredient. Two antihistamines used in sleeping pills in UK are diphenhydramine and promethazine. Both drugs are sold under different branded names…

  • Amoxicillin without prescription
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    Can you get amoxicillin over the counter without prescription?

    Amoxicillin is used to treat a wide range of infections including respiratory infections, middle ear infections, dental abscesses and number of other infections. Amoxicillin is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic in UK with seasonal prescribing patterns. In months of December and January on average about 1 million amoxicillin prescriptions is issued each month (OpenPrescribing.net) Is amoxicillin available over the counter without prescription?

  • Advice for patients,  Pharmacy insights

    Patient’s perspective: pregabalin and gabapentin, new controlled drugs

    From 1st of April 2019 pregabalin and gabapentin will be classified as Schedule 3 Controlled drugs. Why pregabalin and gabapentin became controlled substances? Following Government consultation and recommendations from Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs the decision was made to reclassify pregabalin and gabapentin. The main reason for reclassification was concern about misuse of both drugs. When taken pregabalin and gabapentin can cause feeling of euphoria and relaxation. They can also be used to enhance the effects of opiates such as codeine. This potential for abuse increases their street value. Market for illegal supply of pregabalin and gabapentin is on rise.

  • Private prescriptions cost & legality
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    Private Prescriptions: Cost, Legality & Important FAQ

    A private prescription is a term used to describe a medication prescription which is not covered under the National Health System (NHS), although it can be written by an NHS doctor or another qualified prescriber. In this post, I will be looking at some common questions surrounding private prescriptions, including: obtaining private prescriptions legality expiry times private prescriptions cost Private prescriptions: how to get one? There are many ways of getting private prescriptions. Private prescriptions from a GP Your GP can issue a private prescription; however, in primary care settings, GP may not issue private prescription as an alternative to NHS FP10 prescription. In practice, this means that only limited items are prescribed by GPs…

  • Saving money with NHS prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)
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    NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate: Save Money!

    NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) offers an excellent way of saving money when patients get regular prescriptions each month. In summary, any patient who gets two or more items each month will benefit from having an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate. NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate is also known as ‘prepayment card.’ NHS Business Service Authority no longer sends a card out; instead NHS Prepayment Certificate is sent by email and post. A printout of the email can be used as proof of eligibility when collecting medication from the pharmacy. 

  • Can you take paracetamol and ibuprofen together?
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    Taking paracetamol and ibuprofen together

    Paracetamol is on of the most popular drugs prescribed drugs in UK. It is also one one of the most commonly purchased drugs over the counter to help to relief mild to moderate pain for example headache, tooth ache and to help with symptoms of cold, such as high temperature. Ibuprofen is indicated to help to control similar symptoms. Additionally due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, ibuprofen is taken to reduce swelling and inflammation. Can paracetamol and ibuprofen be taken together? NHS recommends that anyone who is 16 or over can take ibuprofen and paracetamol together at the same time. This differs from recommendations for children.

  • Advice for patients

    Can I buy drugs from the pharmacy for my pet?

    Pets like humans can suffer from different conditions. A drug management of certain conditions in pets may be similar to humans. In fact some conditions are treated with drugs used by humans under  the management of a qualified veterinarian. For example Piriton (chlorphenamine) can be used to manage allergies in dogs or other pets. In this post I discuss if drugs available from the pharmacy can be bough for pets.