• Sumatriptan over the counter can be used for treatment of acute migraines
    Advice for patients

    Sumatriptan over the counter

    When a migraine happens,  many patients reach for common analgesics such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, or combination products containing codeine such as co-codamol or Migraleve. Sumatriptan is a medication that can be used to relieve an acute migraine attack. Sumatriptan works differently to analgesics. In this post, I will discuss the mechanism of action, suitability & requirements for the supply and possible side effects of sumatriptan over the counter.

  • Where to get the morning after pill for free
    Advice for patients

    The morning after pill free of charge

    The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraception which can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or when other forms of contraception has failed, for example, a split condom. There are different routes of getting the morning after pill. In this post, I will cover the supply of the morning after pill free of charge.

  • Metronidazole alcohol advice
    Advice for patients

    Metronidazole & alcohol

    Metronidazole is a commonly used antibiotic for the treatment of variety infections, where anaerobic bacteria are suspected to be a causative organism. Some common infections treated with metronidazole are acute dental infections, rosacea, and bacterial vaginosis. One of the warnings on the dispensing label for this antibiotic include interaction between metronidazole and alcohol. This warning states: Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication. What is the reason for metronidazole & alcohol warning?

  • Advice for patients

    What is baby aspirin?

    Aspirin is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world (Jones, 2005) and the UK. Despite its wide availability and low price, last year in the UK, aspirin was prescribed more than 23 mln times (OpenPrescribing.net, 2019). In this post, I will be talking about baby aspirin.

  • FreeStyle Libre is now available on NHS prescription for some patients
    Pharmacy insights

    FreeStyle Libre on NHS

    FreeStyle Libre is an innovative device designed for diabetic patients to monitor their glucose continuously. So far all diabetic patients who wanted to use FreeStyle Libre had to self-fund the device. From April 2019 a new agreement came into place allowing some diabetic patients to be prescribed FreeStyle Libre on NHS.

  • Flu jab cost by main UK pharmacies
    Pharmacy insights

    Flu vaccines 2019 / 2020

    Last year, during 2018/2019 flu season, community pharmacist delivered over 1.4 mln flu vaccinations to patients under NHS Flu Vaccination Service (PSNC, n.d.). Although flu season 2019/2020 seems far away, updated details for this service and flu vaccines 2019 /2020 are already known.

  • Ranitidine and omeprazole can be used in GORD management
    Advice for patients

    Ranitidine vs Omeprazole

    After my recent post on Omeprazole’s alternative drugs, I want to stay in the subject of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and its treatment. In this post I will contracts ranitidine vs omeprazole and briefly discuss: differences between both classes of drugs (mechanism of action) effectiveness of ranitidine vs omeprazole their safety (contrast mainly their possible side effects) concomitant use of both drugs and NICE recommendations to do so

  • Advice for patients

    Omeprazole alternative drugs

    Omeprazole is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK, mainly used for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) with symptoms of the heartburn caused by stomach acid which rises from the stomach into the oesophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). In this post I will discuss the following  classes of drugs which are available as omeprazole alternative drugs: PPIs (esomeprazole and pantoprazole) H2 receptor antagonists (ranitidine) Antacids

  • Pharmacy insights

    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.