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  • 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
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    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:…

  • Over the counter IBS treatment: Buscopan vs mebeverine
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    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
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    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’…

  • Zovirax cream for cold sores - review of use, effectiveness and alternative aciclovir creams
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    Zovirax Cream for cold sores | Aciclovir (acyclovir) cream

    Cold sores are a common viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus. Cold sores usually affect the area around the mouth (usually caused by the herpes simplex virus 1) or the genital area (usually caused by the herpes simplex virus 2). Cold sore can affect children and adults. Zovirax cream for cold sores can be purchased over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets. Today I will review the use of Zovirax cream for cold sores. The following will be discussed: Symptoms of cold sores Availability of Zovirax cream (where to buy Zovirax cream from, where get the best deals for Zovirax cream) What is Zovirax cream? Restrictions on the use…

  • The best over the counter sleeping pills UK
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    Best Over the Counter Sleeping Pills UK

    Insomnia is a common sleep disorder, which is characterised by a difficulty in getting to sleep or maintaining the sleep (waking up at night or early in the morning). Sedative antihistamines can be used as a temporary aid to help with sleeping problems. In this post, I will review all over the counter sleeping pills (OTC) available in the UK. All of the non-prescription sleeping pills available in the UK contain sedative antihistamines. The following will be discussed: Review of sedative antihistamines used in over the counter sleeping products Common side effects of sedative antihistamines Tolerance and addiction to OTC sleeping products Who should not take over the counter sleeping…

  • Best sore throat lozenges - treatment summary
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    Top 10 sore throat lozenges | Sore throat treatment

    Sore throat is a common condition usually caused by a viral infection, and less commonly by a bacterial infection. A sore throat usually lasts about one week. It is a self-limiting condition meaning it goes on its own without treatment. There is no treatment for a sore throat caused by a viral infection. Even when a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, in most cases, patients will get better without antibiotic treatment (NICE, 2018). Customers can choose from a wide range of products to manage the symptoms of the sore throat, such as pain and inflammation (swelling). Sore throat lozenges are one of the most popular products used for…

  • Best Gaviscon alternative products and drugs - summary
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    16 Best Gaviscon Alternative Products

    Gaviscon range of products is probably the most known brand of antacids in the UK. There are, however, several alternative products and drugs which can be used to help with symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Today I will review 16 best Gaviscon alternative products and medicines. I will briefly discuss what Gaviscon is to get a better understanding of alternative treatments. I will also talk about: Gaviscon and other antacids mechanism of action   Gaviscon alternative products: antacids (liquid and chewable forms) Gaviscon alternative products: proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) Gaviscon alternative drugs: h2-receptor antagonists How Gaviscon and alternative antacids work? Gaviscon is a brand of products, commonly referred to as ‘antacids’…