Drug reviews

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

  • Duac Once Daily Gel
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    Duac Once Daily Gel – 15 Facts You Must Know

    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 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 the treatment of acne.

  • Dianette for acne
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    Dianette For Acne – review of use and side effects

    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
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    Omeprazole liquid: indications, form, cost & availability

    What is Omeprazole liquid 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.

  • 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 review
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    Nytol liquid review: indications, licensed age, side effects

    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 that contains diphenhydramine and is licensed as an antihistamine and sleep aid product. Nytol liquid review summarises product indications, age restrictions, and review of possible side effects. I will also talk about differences and similarities between Nytol liquid and Nytol tablets.

  • Plenity weight loss pill
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    Plenity a New Weight Loss Pill

    I must admit, the topic of this post is rather inaccurate. Plenity is a capsule (not a pill) that can be used to aid weight loss in adults who are obese or overweight in combination with diet and exercise (US licensing). Plenity is not a new product. Previously known as Attiva (and Gelesis 100), Plenty was subject to clinical trial back in 2010. Recently, the FDA approved Plenity to help with weight management as detailed in the first paragraph.

  • 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.