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  • Gaviscon - pregnancy: can yo use it?
    Women's health

    Gaviscon & pregnancy: Can you take it? [ANSWERED]

    Gaviscon is (most likely) the most well-known brand of liquid antacid. Antacids are used to relieve symptoms of heartburn and indigestion (dyspepsia). Heartburn is a common symptom experienced during pregnancy. Today I will look into the use of Gaviscon in pregnancy by looking at the main recommendations of heartburn treatment in pregnancy. I will conclude which particular Gaviscon product is the best to use in the pregnancy.  Summary: What is Gaviscon? Gaviscon range Guide on the management of heartburn in pregnancy Can you take Gaviscon in pregnancy? (Is it safe to take Gaviscon in pregnancy?) List of Gaviscon alternatives for heartburn in the pregnancy

  • Cerelle vs Cerazette: differences as similarities
    Women's health

    Cerelle vs Cerazette: Are they really the same?

    Cerelle and Cerazette are two brands of daily progestogen-only pill (POP), also known as mini-pill. In recent years prescribing of Cerazette in NHS decreased, in place of other brands, including Cerelle. Today I will discuss the reasons for this change and review different aspects of Cerelle vs Cerazette use.  Summary of the post: Cerelle vs Cerazette: are they the same? Cerelle vs Cerazette: How to take them? Cerelle vs Cerazette: common side effects  Which contraceptive is more popular – Cerelle vs Cerazette?  I used to be prescribed Cerazette, but not anymore. Why?  Can I still request a doctor to prescribe Cerazette? Can I ask the pharmacy to dispense Cerazette instead…

  • Domperidone in breastfeeding - increase milk production
    Women's health

    Domperidone in breastfeeding | Increase milk supply

    Several factors can impact breast milk supply with common factors including low frequency of breastfeeding, wrong latching by a baby, late start of breastfeeding, use of formula alongside breastfeeding and some drugs. Drug therapy to increase milk production is usually considered when insufficient milk is produced despite appropriate lactation support (Grzeskowiak et al, 2018). Today I will review the use of domperidone in breastfeeding. One of the uncommon side effects of domperidone is galactorrhoea (excessive milk production), which lead to unlicensed use of domperidone in breastfeeding to increase the production of the milk. I will review several areas considering domperidone in breastfeeding. Summary of the post: What is domperidone Can…

  • Creams for thrush - treatment of vaginal thrush
    Women's health

    Best creams for thrush | Vaginal thrush treatment

    Thrush (also known as candidiasis) is a common condition affecting mainly women; however, men can also get it. Thrush infection may affect the vagina (or penis in men) or mouth (oral thrush). The focus of this post is the treatment of vaginal thrush with creams and combination products, which are available from the pharmacies (including online chemists), supermarkets and other online retailers. Fortunately, creams for thrush are available in pharmacies, and most patients can buy them without seeing a GP. The following will be discussed: Thrush definition and symptoms When to see GP Treatment recommendations Creams for thrush Combination products for the treatment of vaginal thrush Alternative treatments for vaginal…

  • Evorel Conti and Evorel Sequi alternative drugs
    Pharmacy insights,  Women's health

    Best EVOREL CONTI alternative drugs

    Evorel patches have been subject to shortages since 2019. Today the stock of Evorel patches, including Evorel Conti and Evorel Sequi is being replenished with improved availability in many pharmacies due to imposed supply restrictions by the wholesaler which redistributes Evorel products. Today I am looking at different options for treatment of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), focusing on Evorel, Evorel Conti and Evorel Sequi alternative drugs. Additionally, stock availability in the UK for Evorel, Evorel range will be discussed.

  • Treatment of cystitis over the counter
    Health,  Women's health

    Treatment of cystitis over the counter

    Cystitis is a common condition mainly affecting women; however, it can also affect men and children. Mild cystitis is usually a self-limiting condition, meaning it will go on its own. Some patients may need to see their GP, depending on symptoms and their duration. Treatment of cystitis over the counter involves pain management with commonly available analgesics and the symptomatic management with products available from a pharmacy and other stores. Patients may also use different private services to obtain prescription-only treatment (antibiotics) without seeing a GP (NHS). In this post, I will summarise options available for the treatment of cystitis: Over the counter product for the management of symptoms Review…

  • Antibiotics for UTI when pregnant
    Health,  Women's health

    Antibiotics for UTI when pregnant: recommendations

    Urinary-tract infection (UTI) is a common condition experienced in pregnancy. Physiological changes to the urinary tract during the pregnancy, such as dilation of the urethra and decreased bladder capacity, increase the risk of urinary infections (Hebak, 2019). UTI is an umbrella term which defines infection of the bladder (cystitis), kidneys, or urethra. In this post, I am looking at recommended antibiotics in UTI when a pregnant patient is affected by this condition. 

  • Dianette for acne treatment review
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness,  Women's health

    Dianette For Acne – review of treatment with a ‘pill’

    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.

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