Drug reviews

Posts related to drugs and over the counter medication. Review of indications, mechanisms of action, effectiveness and price. Advice on drug use.

  • Omeprazole liquid for babies and children
    Children's health,  Drug reviews

    How to get Omeprazole liquid for children

    Omeprazole liquid, formally known as Omeprazole oral suspension is a liquid form on Omeprazole drug, a prescription-only medication (POM). Omeprazole liquid can only be prescribed by a GP or other qualified prescriber. A liquid formulation of Omeprazole is designed for the administration of the drug in the young population, including babies, toddlers, and children or patients with swallowing difficulties.

  • Orlistat review of effectiveness
    Drug reviews

    Orlistat review: Can you achieve a weight loss?

    As many of us are aware, losing weight can be difficult. Intake of dietary fat (‘bad fat’) can significantly increase calorie intake and contribute to overall obesity. Orlistat is one of two drugs available in the UK for the management of obesity. Orlistat stops the absorption of fats in the body, causing weight loss. The following main areas will be covered by Orlistat review: Orlistat (P) and Orlistat (POM) what is the difference? Who can buy Orlistat? Orlistat review of mechanism of action Can you get Orlistat on the NHS? Orlistat review of the effectiveness Orlistat review of side effects Drug interactions

  • Most prescribed drugs in the UK
    Drug reviews

    15 Most Prescribed Drugs in the UK

    In this post, I am looking at the most prescribed drugs in the UK. In brief, I review their indicated use and comment on possible causes of drug popularity. 15 most prescribed drugs in the UK are used for the treatment of the following conditions: Cholesterol-lowering drugs: Atorvastatin, Simvastatin Hypothyroidism: hormone Levothyroxine  Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD): Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) including Omeprazole and Lansoprazole Cardiovascular drugs:  High blood pressure drugs: Amlodipine, Ramipril  Heart failure, angina: Bisoprolol Anti-diabetic drugs: Metformin Asthma: Salbutamol Painkillers: Co-codamol and paracetamol Depression: Sertraline and Citalopram.

  • Vicks First Defence review
    Drug reviews

    Vicks First Defence review: Are you being FOOLED?

    One day whilst working in a pharmacy I was approached by an elderly gentleman who asked me if we sold Vicks First defence Nasal Spray. I directed him to a general sale aisle. Just before departing, the gentlemen said, ‘It must be good, all nurses in Addenbrookes [ward] use it’. I have never paid attention to Vicks First Defence nasal spray. I have never recommended it to any customer, but after I heard this statement, I needed to find out more about the product hence, Vicks First Defence review. I wondered if Addenbrooke’s nurses did their research or possibly a drug rep visited the ward in question (unlikely), or maybe…

  • Nexium Control review
    Drug reviews

    Nexium Control review. Is Nexium the best PPI?

    Nexium Control is a branded version of esomeprazole drug, available without a prescription for treatment of heartburn and acid reflux in adults over 18 years of age. Nexium Control is available in the form of gastro-resistant tablets and capsules both containing 20mg of esomeprazole. Nexium Control is advertised as a product that gives relief from a single dose for 24 hours.    In this post, I will review indications, possible side effects, interactions and effectiveness of Nexium Control in comparison to other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). I will also write about the availability of Nexium (esomeprazole) on NHS.

  • Nytol liquid review
    Drug reviews

    Nytol liquid review: indications, licensed age, side effects

    Recently launched Nytol liquid offers easy to swallow formulation containing a sedative antihistamine, diphenhydramine hydrochloride. Although liquid preparations containing diphenhydramine hydrochloride can be bought already (cough syrups), Nytol oral solution is the only product that contains diphenhydramine which is licensed as a sleep aid product. Initially, after the launch Nytol liquid was marketed also as an antihistamine, however, this indication was removed from Nytol. Nytol liquid review summarises product indications, age restrictions, and review of possible side effects. I will also talk about differences and similarities between Nytol liquid and Nytol tablets.

  • Ranitidine vs Omeprazole can you take both drugs together?
    Drug reviews

    Ranitidine vs Omeprazole: which drug is better?

    After my recent post on Omeprazole’s alternative drugs, I want to stay in the subject of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and its treatment. In this post, I will contrast Ranitidine vs Omeprazole and briefly discuss: the differences between both classes of drugs (mechanism of action) the effectiveness of Ranitidine vs Omeprazole their safety (contrast of possible side effects) use of Ranitidine and Omeprazole together at the same time How the mechanism of action differs between ranitidine & omeprazole? Ranitidine and Omeprazole belong to different classes of drugs, both used in the treatment of heartburn/indigestion. Ranitidine is classified as an h2 receptor antagonist, commonly named h2 blockers. Omeprazole belongs to a group of drugs called proton…

  • Plenity weight loss pill
    Drug reviews,  Pharmacy insights

    Plenity a New Weight Loss Pill

    I must admit, the topic of this post is rather inaccurate. Plenity is a capsule (not a pill) that can be used to aid weight loss in adults who are obese or overweight in combination with diet and exercise (US licensing). Plenity is not a new product. Previously known as Attiva (and Gelesis 100), Plenty was subject to clinical trial back in 2010. Recently, the FDA approved Plenity to help with weight management as detailed in the first paragraph.

  • Drug reviews,  Pharmacy insights

    Flibanserin (Addyin) in the UK

    In this post, I will be looking at FDA approved Flibanserin (Addyin) drug with the emphasis on the effectives behind the treatment and its availability in the UK. Flibanserin available under the branded name of Addyi is FDA approved (USA) drug for the treatment of premenopausal women (women who have not gone through menopause) with hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD).