• Advice for patients

    What is Veganin?

    Veganin tablets a pharmacy only (P) combination product containing paracetamol, codeine, and caffeine. As the name suggests Veganin tablets are vegan and do not contain animal ingredients. What is the exact composition of Veganin? Paracetamol 500mg per tablet Codeine phosphate 8mg per tablet Caffeine 30mg per tablet Apart from the addition of caffeine Veganin’s composition of active ingredients is of standard co-codamol, another pharmacy only medicine.

  • Advice for patients

    St John’s wort effectiveness

    St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a traditional herbal medicine with a long history of use for different conditions. Nowadays, of St John’s wort is mainly as an herbal supplement to help with symptoms of mild depression and anxiety. In this post I am looking at St John’s wort effectiveness and possible side effects associated with taking this herbal product.

  • Pharmacy insights

    Flibanserin (Addyin) in the UK

    In this post, I will be looking at FDA approved Flibanserin (Addyin) drug with the emphasis on the effectives behind the treatment and its availability in the UK. Flibanserin available under the branded name of Addyi is FDA approved (USA) drug for the treatment of premenopausal women (women who have not gone through menopause) with hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD).

  • Nuromol: paracetamol and ibuprofen together in one product
    Advice for patients,  Product reviews

    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.

  • Advice for patients

    How to get repeat prescription (NHS)?

      There are number of ways of ordering repeat NHS prescriptions. I this post I will summarise different ways of ordering your NHS repeatable prescription. Repeatable prescriptions have normally limit on a number of issues over a certain amount of time, following which patients are normally due to have a medication review with their doctor.

  • Advice for patients

    Generic drugs versus branded drugs

    The vast majority of drugs dispensed in pharmacies are generic drugs. In some circumstances, patient request branded products to be dispensed or prescriber decides to write a prescription for branded rather than a generic product. Does it really matter which drugs are used by patients? What is the difference between branded and generic drug? Can patient request branded product to be dispensed on ‘generic prescription’?

  • Advice for patients

    Migraleve Pink alternative

    Migraleve Pink is out of stock! What is the alternative product? Migraleve Pink tables disappeared from UK pharmacies few months ago and currently there is no signs of any come back. A very vague message on migraleve.co.uk suggests it’s a temporary situation and that the producers are ‘working hard to resolve the situation’. We now know that the issues is not temporary as Migraleve Pink has been out of stock since mid 2018. Update June 2019: As of end of June Migraleve Pink, and Migraleve packs containing Pink Tablets and Yellow Tablets are now available.

  • Advice for patients,  Pharmacy insights

    Drugs that keep you awake: modafinil

    Modafinil is the main focus of today’s post. It will be part of posts on prescription drugs that keep you awake and/or affect cognitive performance. I will summarise the mechanism of action of each drug in relation to wakefulness and possible effects on cognitive performance and whether they fall into ‘smart drug’ category. Smart drugs have been attracting a larger audience in recent years among students, bankers and shift workers. It is a known fact that armies around the world use stimulants to improve performance during a long duration missions (Bower, 2003). Movies like Limitless contributed to greater interest in smart drugs, particularly modafinil which received a label of NZT-48…