• Calamine lotion for chickenpox - review
    Children's health

    Calamine lotion for chickenpox skin itchiness

    Calamine lotion for chickenpox is usually considered the first choice in the management of itchiness caused by varicella-zoster virus infection. Calamine lotion is cheap and widely available. In this post, I will review the use of calamine lotion for chickenpox. Summary of this post: What is calamine lotion? Is calamine lotion effective for chickenpox rush? Where to buy calamine lotion for chickenpox Is calamine lotion the best option for management of chickenpox Calamine lotion alternative products Use of antihistamines for chickenpox

  • The best toenail fungus treatment
    Health

    Best Toenail Fungus Treatment Products

    Fungal nail infection is a common condition, which usually affects toenails. The main products used for toenail fungus treatment are available in most pharmacies, supermarkets and perhaps with the best range of products found online. Topical products, which are applied directly to the infected area, are the main products used as toenail fungus treatment. I will review the best toenail fungus treatment options available over the counter in the UK. I will also look at the national guide on toenail infections (treatment approach in the NHS) and summarise the recommended treatment. Summary of the post:  symptoms of fungal toenail infection  toenail fungus – predisposing factors overview of the fungal nail…

  • Lovima - over the counter contraceptive
    Pharmacy insights

    Lovima – Over the Counter Contraceptive

    Lovima (desogestrel) is the first daily oral contraceptive which is going to be available over the counter without a prescription. In the UK, all contraceptive are prescription-only medicines which require a doctor or other qualified prescriber to issue a prescription. Lovima is the first oral contraceptive which has a status or pharmacy-only medicine (P). P medicines are available over the counter from pharmacies or registered online chemists. Lovima will exclusively be available in Lloyds Pharmacy. In the UK, all oral contraceptives a free of charge when prescribed on NHS, with an uncommon exception for Dianette, which may not be free when prescribed for the treatment of acne. Customers will need…

  • 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…

  • Truvada for PrEP
    Drug reviews,  Men's health

    Truvada for PrEP: availability, cost and side effects

    It is estimated that around 103,800 of people live with HIV in the UK (PHE, 2019). Estimated 17% of people with HIV are not aware of the infection (NICE, 2016), increasing the risk of passing HIV when having sex without protection. Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil) is an antiviral drug used in the treatment of HIV, alone or as part of antiviral combination therapy. Truvada is also licensed as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication. Today, I am reviewing Truvada for PrEP. In summary, the following will be discussed: What is Truvada? Truvada for PrEP: how does it work? Truvada for PrEP: effectiveness. How to get Truvada Superdrug Pharmacy: Truvada for PeEP service  Cost…

  • Lansoprazole vs Omeprazole - difference and similarities
    Drug reviews

    Lansoprazole vs Omeprazole: differences and similarities

    In today’s post, I will contrast the two most popular proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) prescribed in the UK. Not only lansoprazole and omeprazole are the two most common PPI, but they are also one of the most popular prescribed drugs in the UK. I will review the essential facts to highlight the similarity and difference between each medication. Lansoprazole vs omeprazole – post summary: Lansoprazole vs omeprazole: drug classification Lansoprazole vs omeprazole: mechanism of action Lansoprazole vs omeprazole: common side effects Availability of different forms of both drugs Over the counter Availability of Lansoprazole and Omeprazole Lansoprazole vs omeprazole: which one is more popular in the NHS Lansoprazole vs omeprazole:…

  • IBS medicine over the counter - review of products for IBS
    Health

    14 BEST IBS Medication Over The Counter

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition which is characterised by smooth muscle spasm alongside the gastrointestinal tract with a range of associated symptoms. Patients who are diagnosed with IBS are usually advised on the lifestyles to minimise the risk of IBS symptoms. Review of diet and lifestyle is one of the first recommendations gives by a doctor once a patient is diagnosed with IBS. Drug treatment can be used alongside lifestyle measures. Most of the drugs which are recommended in the symptomatic management of IBS can be purchased over the counter from pharmacies, supermarkets and online. Today I will review 14 best IBS medication over the counter.

  • Over the counter IBS treatment: Buscopan vs mebeverine
    Drug reviews

    Buscopan vs Mebeverine | OTC IBS treatment

    Buscopan and mebeverine are two common drugs used for symptomatic treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Both drugs can be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter from pharmacies and in case of Bucopa IBS relief from supermarkets. Buscopan vs Mebeverine lists similarities and differences between both drugs. I will review their role in the management of IBS in accordance with the treatment guidelines on irritable bowel syndrome. You may find a related post also helpful – 14 best IBS medication available over the counter. In this post I will  discuss the following: Mechanism of action and symptoms control Buscopan vs Mebeverine: where to buy it from? over…

  • The strongest over the counter ibuprofen - review
    Drug reviews

    What is the strongest over the counter ibuprofen?

    Ibuprofen is one of the most popular drugs purchased over the counter and one of the essential medicines for the management of pain and inflammation. Over the counter ibuprofen comes in different strengths, forms, and several brands, some of which do not differ from one another with the amount of ibuprofen present. In today’s post, I will review the different forms and brands of ibuprofen. I will also answer: what the strongest over the counter ibuprofen is. Can you get a single product which contains more ibuprofen than any other product? Is it worth to pay ‘extra’ for branded ibuprofen products? Summary of the post: What is ibuprofen? Availability of’…

  • Baby Thrush Treatment Over The Counter with Daktarin Oral Gel
    Children's health

    Baby Thrush Treatment Over The Counter

    Baby thrush (oral thrush) is a common condition caused by candida infection (fungal infection) and mostly affecting new-born babies. Thrush can affect breastfeeding mothers (thrush present in the breast) and babies, with thrush affecting the inside of the mouth or causing a nappy rash. This post will focus on the treatment of oral baby thrush. Parents have only one option for baby thrush treatment – over the counter antifungal oral gel (Daktarin Sugar-Free 2% Oral Gel), which be purchased from pharmacies only. Certain restrictions apply for the supply of Daktarin Oral Gel. This post will focus on the treatment of oral thrush in babies. The nappy rash in babies can…