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Posts related to drugs and over the counter medication. Review of indications, mechanisms of action, effectiveness and price. Advice on drug use.

  • Orlistat review of effectiveness
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    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

  • Vicks First Defence review
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    Vicks First Defence review: Are you being FOOLED?

    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 review
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    Nexium Control review. Is Nexium the best PPI?

    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.

  • Nytol liquid
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    What is Nytol liquid?

    Recently launched Nytol liquid offers easy to swallow formulation containing a sedative antihistamine, diphenhydramine hydrochloride. Although liquid preparations containing diphenhydramine hydrochloride can be bought already (cough syrups), Nytol oral solution is the only product which contains diphenhydramine and is licensed as an antihistamine and sleep aid product.

  • Nuromol: paracetamol and ibuprofen together in one product
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    Nuromol review

    In the latest post, Nuromol review, I will look whether taking Nuromol drug (combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol) is more effective in reducing pain than taking ibuprofen and paracetamol alone. Priced well over £6 for 24 tablets, one must wonder ‘is it worth the money?’ Both ibuprofen and paracetamol can be purchased at a considerably lower price when bought individually.

  • Calpol vapour plug review by Druggist.Online
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    Calpol vapour plug review

    Calpol vapour plug is a non-medicine device designed to help your child to breath easily by releasing aromatic oils of lavender, camomile and menthol when they congested or/and have symptoms of cold. Calpol vapour plug can be used for babies from 3 months of age.

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    Cannabidiol, CBD oil

    Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has reached its presence most pharmacies and supermarkets in UK. It is widely available online and due to its coverage in media it is growing in popularity. CBD oil (also sold under name of hemp oil) is produced by extraction of cannabidiol from the hemp plant. Cannabidiol is one of over 100 cannabinoids which are present in cannabis plant. Hemp plants are normally used in production of CBD oils as these are high in cannabidiol and do not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in large amounts. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid which makes people ‘high’ when they use cannabis.

  • Bronchostop Cough Syrup review
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    Bronchostop Cough Syrup review of effectiveness

    One of the essential aspects of symptoms management that students learn during pharmacy practice classes is to ask patients if cough there are experiencing is ‘dry/tickly’ or ‘chesty’ and based on presenting symptoms appropriate product is recommended. Bronchostop Cough Syrup seems to break this rule as it is marketed for both types of coughs.