Posts related to drugs and over the counter medication. Review of indications, mechanisms of action, effectiveness and price. Advice on drug use.
Depression is a widespread condition in the UK, which reflects prescribing trends for antidepressant drugs. In recent years antidepressants became the fastest growing class of drugs in the UK. In 2019, four million more antidepressant items were prescribed as compared to 2018, reaching 74.4 mln prescribed items. In this post, I will be looking at the most common antidepressants in the UK. I will also discuss the rationale behind the popularity of some commonly used antidepressants in the UK.
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.
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…
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 such as Duac Once Daily Gel 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…
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, 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.
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
In this post, I am looking at the most prescribed drugs in the UK. In brief, I review their indicated use and comment on possible causes of drug popularity. 15 most prescribed drugs in the UK are used for the treatment of the following conditions: Cholesterol-lowering drugs: Atorvastatin, Simvastatin Hypothyroidism: hormone Levothyroxine Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD): Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) including Omeprazole and Lansoprazole Cardiovascular drugs: High blood pressure drugs: Amlodipine, Ramipril Heart failure, angina: Bisoprolol Anti-diabetic drugs: Metformin Asthma: Salbutamol Painkillers: Co-codamol and paracetamol Depression: Sertraline and Citalopram.
One day whilst working in a pharmacy I was approached by an elderly gentleman who asked me if we sold Vicks First defence Nasal Spray. I directed him to a general sale aisle. Just before departing, the gentlemen said, ‘It must be good, all nurses in Addenbrookes [ward] use it’. I have never paid attention to Vicks First Defence nasal spray. I have never recommended it to any customer, but after I heard this statement, I needed to find out more about the product hence, Vicks First Defence review. I wondered if Addenbrooke’s nurses did their research or possibly a drug rep visited the ward in question (unlikely), or maybe…
Nexium Control is a branded version of esomeprazole drug, available without a prescription for treatment of heartburn and acid reflux in adults over 18 years of age. Nexium Control is available in the form of gastro-resistant tablets and capsules both containing 20mg of esomeprazole. Nexium Control is advertised as a product that gives relief from a single dose for 24 hours. In this post, I will review indications, possible side effects, interactions and effectiveness of Nexium Control in comparison to other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). I will also write about the availability of Nexium (esomeprazole) on NHS.