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  • 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’…

  • The strongest over the counter steroid cream review
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    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?
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    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
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    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.