• Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness,  drug vs drug

    Apixaban vs warfarin: rise of newer anticoagulant

    Apixaban (Eliquis®) and warfarin are two popular prescription-only drugs classified as anticoagulants, commonly known as blood thinners. Warfarin has been used as an anticoagulant for a very long time. However, in recent years warfarin’s popularity decreased in place of newer anticoagulants such as apixaban, as reflected by prescribing statistics. Apixaban vs warfarin, a summary of the post: Apixaban vs warfarin: Are they used to treat the same conditions? Differences in mechanism of action between Do apixaban and warfarin need drug monitoring? Other advantages of apixaban vs warfarin Prescribing statistics Apixaban vs warfarin common side effects Is apixaban better than warfarin?

  • Can you use montelukast for allergies?
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    Can you use montelukast for allergies? [ANSWERED]

    Montelukast, a prescription-only medication, is mainly used as add on therapy in the treatment of asthma, usually in patients who cannot control their condition with an inhaled steroid and who cannot control their asthma with ‘short acting’ inhaler such as Ventolin (Salbutamol). Today I will explore a different use of montelukast and answer the main question: can you use montelukast for allergies? Summary: What is montelukast Licensed use of montelukast Montelukast: mechanism of action Availability of different forms of montelukast Can you use montelukast for allergies? Montelukast vs antihistamines: what is the difference Legal classification Can you take montelukast with antihistamines? Conclusion

  • OTC

    Best throat numbing lozenges | Get rid of sore throat

    For many customers, throat numbing lozenges are the first choice in the management of sore and irritated throat. Throat numbing lozenges contain a local anaesthetic which numbs the area and hence help with pain and irritation. This post list all sore throat lozenges containing a local anaesthetic available in the UK. You may also be interested in a related post listing variety of sore throat lozenges. Summary: Can you buy throat numbing lozenges over the counter? Local anaesthetic lozenges: active ingredients List of bet throat numbing lozenges Other options for managing sore throat Conclusion

  • Can you take amoxicillin and metronidazole together? [Answered]
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness,  drug vs drug

    Can you take amoxicillin and metronidazole together?

    Amoxicillin is one of the most prescribed antibiotics in the UK. On the contrary, metronidazole is significantly less prescribed by GPs, mainly because of preferred use in dental infections. Prescriptions which are fulfilled in the pharmacy for a combination treatment with amoxicillin and metronidazole are almost always issued by a dentist rather than GP. The obvious question to ask is: can you take amoxicillin and metronidazole together? The answer to that question straightforward. However, I will provide reasoning behind the concomitant treatment and contrast both antibiotics. 

  • Lacri-Lube alternative eye ointments: Xailin Night, Hycosan Night & Hylo Night

    Best Lacri-Lube alternative eye ointments

    Lacri-lube has been out of stock since 2018. Still, after all this time, some patients get repeat prescriptions issued with Laci-Lube on it. Patients who have Lacri-Lube eye ointment on their ‘repeats’ should contact their surgery and ask to remove it and replace it with Lacri-lube alternative eye ointments. I will list in this post the best Lacri-Lube alternative eye ointments and gels. All eye ointments which are alternative to Lacri-Lube can be purchased from pharmacies and online. #

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    COVID-19 lateral flow tests available from pharmacies

    A new pharmacy service was recently launched in England, which allows the public to collect free COVID-19 lateral flow tests (lateral flow devices – LFDs) from community pharmacies. The NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Distribution Service was launched on the 29th of March 2021, but the promotion of this service to the public will not start after Easter. Pharmacies were able to order LFDs from the 29th of March, which means the public can collect LFDs from participating pharmacies.

  • Diltiazem cream for anal fissures reviewed
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    Diltiazem cream: uses, side effects and availability

    Diltiazem cream (diltiazem hydrochloride cream) is a medicine prescribed in the UK to manage chronic anal fissure. Today I will answer the most common questions surrounding the use, availability and treatment with this cream. Summary: What is diltiazem cream used for? How does diltiazem help with anal fissures? Classification of anal fissures The legal classification of topical diltiazem  Topical diltiazem: legal classification Can you buy diltiazem hydrochloride 2% cream? How often to apply diltiazem cream? Diltiazem hydrochloride 2% cream: common side effects Alterative options to diltiazem cream

  • Amlodipine alternative drugs - review of high blood pressure drugs
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    8 amlodipine alternative drugs for blood pressure

    Amlodipine is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK and the most prescribed high blood pressure (BP) medication. When patients are diagnosed with high blood pressure and a drug is recommended, amlodipine may be the first choice, but not always. Taking any drugs comes with a risk of side effects, with amlodipine associated with few common side effects. Ultimately, patients may be prescribed amlodipine alternative drug. Today, I will discuss amlodipine alternative drugs according to recommended treatment guidelines. Perhaps the most important message to take in is that the choice of amlodipine alternative drug(s) will be driven by the national guidance on blood pressure, which clearly states…

  • 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…

  • Review of ibuprofen alternative drugs

    22 ibuprofen alternative drugs you must know

    Ibuprofen is one of the most common drugs purchased over the counter in the UK. Ibuprofen prescribing decreased significantly in recent years due to the NHS strategy to minimise issuing of medicines that are available over the counter. In recent months, ibuprofen’s price went up significantly, with many shops and pharmacies being out of stock of ‘cheap’ ibuprofen. Today I will review ibuprofen alternative drugs. Firstly, I will discuss the availability of branded ibuprofen. I will then review a combination of products containing ibuprofen, which can be used instead of ibuprofen in certain situations and lastly, I will talk about other ibuprofen alternative drugs available on the market.   Summary: What…