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Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

Reviews of drugs:  indications, mechanisms of action, side effects and effectiveness in the treatment of diseases.

  • Best non-drowsy hayfever tablets (antihistamines) in the UK reviewed
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    5 Best Non-Drowsy Hayfever Tablets

    Hayfever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis is a common condition which occurs mainly during spring and summer seasons. Hayfever symptoms happen in response to allergens such as tree or grass pollen and may include runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. Thankfully there are few non-drowsy hayfever tablets, which I am going to review. Non-drowsy antihistamines, which can be purchased over the counter in the UK include: Cetirizine Loratadine Acrivastine Fexofenadine

  • Can you take co-codamol with naproxen and diazepam?
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    Can you take co-codamol with naproxen and diazepam?

    Today I will review the use of three different drugs, which occasionally are prescribed at the same time or in combination with one another. This post aims to answer the following question: can you take co-codamol with naproxen and diazepam? As a part of the discussion, I will review a licensed use of each drug and reasoning for combination treatment. Remember to follow the directions given by your prescriber. Table of Contents Co-codamol: use, mechanism of action and common side effects  Naproxen: use, mechanism of action and common side effects Diazepam: use, mechanism of action and common side effects Can you take co-codamol with naproxen? Can you take naproxen and…

  • co-dydramol vs co-codamol: which one is better?
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    Co-dydramol vs co-codamol – two related opioids

    Co-codamol is one of the most popular drugs prescribed in the UK and almost the most popular prescription painkiller. Co-dydramol, on the other hand, is much less popular medicine used for the management of pain. I will highlight the main differences between both drugs and (if possible) review the effectiveness of both drugs as painkillers. Co-dydramol vs co-codamol summary of the post: Difference between co-codamol and co-dydramol (active ingredients) Co-dydramol vs co-codamol: Availability of both drugs on prescription and over the counter options Which drug is more popular? Co-dydramol vs co-codamol – effectiveness. Is one better than the other? Common side effects

  • List of most popular prescription painkillers in the UK
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    20 most popular prescription painkillers UK

    The main focus of today’s post is to review the most popular prescription painkillers in the UK. I previously reviewed the popularity of different drugs in the UK, which may interest you: Top 15 most prescribed drugs in the UK & most popular antidepressants in the UK. Most popular prescription painkillers (UK) will be ranked according to the volume of prescriptions issued in the last 12 months by GPs in the UK. Prescribing data was extracted from Openprescribing.net, a website which process information from the NHS in England, making information on prescribed drugs more accessible. I will make a short comment on each drug to give a better understanding of…

  • List of drugs alternative to paracetamol
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    18 products ALTERNATIVE to PARACETAMOL

    Paracetamol, one of the most prescribed drugs in the UK, and probably the most popular over the counter medicine has been recently subject to shortages due to increased demand in recent months. In the last 1-2 years, surgeries across the countries advised many patients to purchase paracetamol over the counter to reduce the cost of drugs prescribed on the NHS. In today’s post, I will discuss drugs alternative to paracetamol. Firstly, I will list some common combination of drugs, which contain paracetamol, which may be used if standard paracetamol tablets or capsules. Secondly, I will review alternative to paracetamol analgesics which are commonly available in the UK.  Summary:  Paracetamol: licensed use…

  • Best over the counter migraine medicine reviewed
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    What is the best over the counter migraine medication?

    Migraine is a common condition affecting an estimated 6 million people in the UK. With approximate 190,000 migraine attacks experienced by people in the UK (NICE, 2012), pharmacies are among the first points of call to find over the counter migraine medication. What is the best painkiller for migraine? Today I will review common over the counter migraine medication. Where possible, I will review the evidence to answer what the best over the counter migraine medicine is. The following will be addressed: What is the recommended management of migraine attack? Over the counter painkillers for migraine: simple analgesics Over the counter codeine-based medicines Over the counter sumatriptan for migraine What…

  • Flucloxacillin vs Amoxicillin - comparison of use, side effects, forms.
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    Flucloxacillin vs Amoxicillin: 2 most POPULAR antibiotics

    Amoxicillin is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic in the UK, with over 6 mln prescriptions issued in the last 12 months. Flucloxacillin is less popular with around 3.6 mln prescriptions issued during the same time (OpenPrescribing.net, 2021). Both antibiotics’ distinct popularity comes mainly from different recommended use in the treatment of bacterial infections, even though both drugs belong to the same class of antibiotics: penicillins. This post focuses on highlighting the main differences between drugs. Flucloxacillin vs amoxicillin, a summary of the post: The legal classification of flucloxacillin and amoxicillin Licensed use of flucloxacillin and amoxicillin Forms available Child formulations for flucloxacillin and amoxicillin Differences in administration  Common side effects…

  • Vibegron (brand name: Gemtesa) - New FDA approved drug for urinary incontinence
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness,  New drugs

    Vibegron (Gemtesa) – a new drug for overactive bladder

    Vibegron (brand name: Gemtesa) is the latest drug used to treat overactive bladder that has been approved by the FDA in the USA. Gemtesa will be available in the US as prescription-only medication from April 2021. In this post, I will summarise:   Licensed use and legal status of vibegron (US) It’s a mechanism of action  The effectiveness of vibegron: summary of clinical trial  vibegron vs mirabegron: what is the difference? Alternative drugs used in the treatment of overactive bladder in the UK 

  • Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    Codeine over the counter – 17 OTC products

    Without a doubt, codeine-containing products are one of the most commonly sold medicines in the UK. Codeine can be purchased over the counter in the UK. Most codeine products are combination products of codeine and another drug. Codeine over the counter can only be purchased on its own in one form; please read on. I will list most of the codeine over the counter product in the UK; specifically, I will talk about: Forms of codeine available over the counter in the UK Where to buy over the counter codeine from? Restrictions on the supply of codeine-containing products Is codeine over the counter the best pain killer? Codeine over the…

  • Amitriptyline for nerve pain: review of effectiveness, side effects and alternative options
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    Amitriptyline for NERVE PAIN (REVIEWED)

    Amitriptyline is one of the most popular antidepressants in the UK. Its use is not just restricted to the treatment of depression. Amitriptyline is one of the first options considered when a drug treatment is needed to help manage neuropathic pain. This post focuses on the use of amitriptyline for nerve pain. Summary of the post: What is amitriptyline? What is nerve pain (neuropathic pain)? Nerve pain – recommended pharmacological treatment Is amitriptyline good (effective) for nerve pain? How does amitriptyline work in the management of neuropathic pain? Amitriptyline: common side effects Amitriptyline for nerve pain & weight gain Is paracetamol or ibuprofen good for nerve pain? Nerve pain –…