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  • The strongest over the counter steroid cream review
    Drug reviews

    What is the STRONGEST over the counter steroid cream?

    Steroid cream (also known as corticosteroid cream) is a topical medication (applied to the skin) used as anti-inflammatory preparation used in the treatment of various skin conditions including irritant and contact dermatitis (sore, red and swollen skin), insect bites and mild to moderate eczema. In today’s post, I will review the strongest over the counter steroid cream: clobetasone cream (brand name: Eumovate Eczema % Dermatitis cream).

  • Promethazine cough syrup - can you get it in the UK?
    Drug reviews

    Can you get Promethazine Cough Syrup?

    Promethazine is an antihistamine commonly available in the UK pharmacies. With its sedative properties, promethazine can be used as sleeping aid product; however, it can also be used as an antihistamine for the treatment of allergic conditions including allergic rhinitis, itchiness of the skin and to help with mild anaphylactic reactions. In today’s post, I will discuss the availability of promethazine in the form of syrup. Can you get promethazine cough syrup? Promethazine: effect on the body Promethazine belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. Promethazine is a ‘first generation’ antihistamine. This group of antihistamines is characterised by having sedative properties. The primary mechanism of action of promethazine is…

  • Disprin Direct - chewable aspirin 300mg
    Drug reviews

    Disprin Direct: uses, side effect of chewable aspirin

    Disprin Direct is a chewable form of aspirin 300mg tablets. Disprin Direct is placed on the tongue and allowed to disperse without the use of water. Information reviewed in this post:  Legal status and availability of Disprin Licensed use Age restrictions Contra-indications: who cannot use Disprin chewable aspirin Recommended dose Possible side-effects Alternative options

  • Generic sildenafil 50mg by Perrigo is available over the counter without a prescription
    Drug reviews,  Men's health

    New Generic SILDENAFIL Over The Counter by Perrigo

    Recently launched generic sildenafil 50mg tablets by Perrigo brings a broader choice for patients who seek over the counter (OTC) treatment of erectile disjunction. After Viagra Connect and Aronix sildenafil, sildenafil (Perrigo) is a third option for sildenafil, which can be bought from a pharmacy without a prescription. Certain restrictions apply to the supply of sildenafil 50mg, such as minimum age for the use. Patients may be required to go through a screening checklist with a pharmacist. The screening questionnaire looks at the overall health of the patient requesting sildenafil, concomitant medications taken, as discussed in detail in this post.

  • What is the most common antidepressant in the UK?
    Drug reviews,  statistics

    10 most common antidepressants in the UK

    Depression is a widespread condition in the UK, which reflects prescribing trends for antidepressant drugs. In recent years antidepressants became the fastest growing class of drugs in the UK. In 2019, four million more antidepressant items were prescribed as compared to 2018, reaching 74.4 mln prescribed items. In this post, I will be looking at the most common antidepressants in the UK. I will also discuss the rationale behind the popularity of some commonly used antidepressants in the UK.

  • Ranitidine alternative drugs
    Drug reviews,  Health

    15 Best RANITIDINE Alternative Drugs

    Ranitidine alternative drugs are in demand. UK markets have been wiped out from ranitidine, a popular medication used mainly in the management of indigestion / acid reflux. In the US and UK, ranitidine was subject to a number of recalls at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 due to possible contamination with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen (a chemical that possibly causes cancer). The topic of ranitidine and cancer risk with updates on all ranitidine recalls was previously discussed in the post: Ranitidine recalls – updates & patients information. Ranitidine alternative drugs will be discussed in this post. In brief, the following will be reviewed: Ranitidine:…

  • Tyrozets review of throat lozenges
    Drug reviews

    Tyrozets review of throat lozenges

    Tyrozets sore throat lozenges are pharmacy-only medication (P) licensed in the management of sore throats and throat irritations, for example, following a surgical procedure to remove tonsils or other mouth procedures. Tyrozets are advertised as a product with dual action, which comes from it’s two active ingredients. Firstly, Tyrozets quickly numbs the throat, helping with the management of the pain, and secondly, an antibiotic used in the formulation of lozenges ‘help to fight the throat infection’. Tyrozets review covers the following:  are Tyrozets discontinued? license use review of Tyrozets review of possible side effects discussion on the effectiveness in relation to its two main active ingredients discussion on the use…

  • Drugs alternative to Naproxen: most popular options
    Drug reviews

    NSAIDs Alternative to Naproxen – EPIC LIST

    Naproxen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is one of the most prescribed drugs in the UK used in the management of conditions associated with pain and inflammation. In this post, I discuss the availability of drugs alternative to naproxen. I will briefly explain the following: what NSAIDs are used for NSAIDs: mechanism of action common side effects associated with NSAIDs, options for over the counter and prescribed drugs alternative to naproxen

  • Duac Once Daily Gel review
    Drug reviews,  Women's health

    15 Facts You Must Know about Duac Once Daily Gel

    Acne is a common skin condition characterised by the presence of blackheads or whiteheads and/or inflamed pimples. Acne has an impact on adolescents and contributes to physical, intellectual, and emotional changes (Revol et al., 2015). Topical drugs such as Duac Once Daily Gel are considered a first-line treatment in the management of mild to moderate acne. The choice of skin preparation in the treatment of acne includes: a topical retinoid, a topical antibiotic, and azelaic acid 20%. Furthermore, it is recommended that topical antibiotics are always used in combination with benzoyl peroxide. Duac Once Daily gel represents this combination. Here are 15 facts about Duac product and its use in…

  • Dianette for acne treatment review
    Drug reviews,  Women's health

    Dianette For Acne – review of treatment with a ‘pill’

    Acne is a common skin condition. In the UK, more than 3.5 million visits are made by patients to GP practices, who seek the treatment for this condition. The first-line treatment for acne includes topical preparations, such as topical retinoid products, topical antibiotics, alone or in combination with benzoyl peroxide (NICE, 2018). Hormonal treatment is recommended when patients do not respond to first-line therapy and as an optional treatment to systemic (oral) antibiotics. Today, I review the use of Dianette for acne treatment, a hormonal (contraceptive) pill available as a prescription-only medication.