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

  • Nuromol: paracetamol and ibuprofen combination
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    Nuromol review

    In the latest post, Nuromol review, I will look whether taking Nuromol drug (combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol) is more effective in reducing pain than taking ibuprofen and paracetamol alone. Priced well over £6 for 24 tablets, one must wonder ‘is it worth the money?’ Both ibuprofen and paracetamol can be purchased at a considerably lower price when bought individually.

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    Migraleve Pink alternative

    Migraleve Pink is out of stock! What is the alternative product? Migraleve Pink tables disappeared from UK pharmacies few months ago and currently there is no signs of any come back. A very vague message on migraleve.co.uk suggests it’s a temporary situation and that the producers are ‘working hard to resolve the situation’. We now know that the issues is not temporary as Migraleve Pink has been out of stock since mid 2018. Update June 2019: As of end of June Migraleve Pink, and Migraleve packs containing Pink Tablets and Yellow Tablets are now available.

  • How to get modafinil prescription?
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    How to get modafinil in the UK? ANSWERED

    Modafinil (brand name: Provigil) is a medication used in the management of excessive sleepiness associated with a rare condition called narcolepsy. There is a great interest in modafinil for its unlicensed use as a ‘smart drug’ due to its main actions on the body: promoting wakefulness and possibly increasing cognitive performance. Movies like Limitless contributed to greater interest in smart drugs, particularly modafinil which received a label of NZT-48 drug, the limitless pill, a drug which does not exist in real life. Intrest in modafinil created a demand for this drug, and now many online pharmacies sell modafinil on the basis of a private service. In this post, I will explain how to get modafinil in the UK or…

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    Over the counter: sleeping pills

    In this post I will summarise the main sleeping products available in UK for relief of temporary sleeping problems which are available over the counter without a prescription. Insomnia can be caused by number of factors. Some common include stress and anxiety. Changing you sleeping habits can improve your sleeping. However there are number of things that can be done to relief insomnia. NHS UK and Mind offer some excellent tips on improving your sleep. All products available over the counter ‘for sleeping’ contain sedative antihistamines as main active ingredient. Two antihistamines used in sleeping pills in UK are diphenhydramine and promethazine. Both drugs are sold under different branded names…

  • Amoxicillin without prescription
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    Can you get amoxicillin over the counter without prescription?

    Amoxicillin is used to treat a wide range of infections including respiratory infections, middle ear infections, dental abscesses and number of other infections. Amoxicillin is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic in UK with seasonal prescribing patterns. In months of December and January on average about 1 million amoxicillin prescriptions is issued each month (OpenPrescribing.net) Is amoxicillin available over the counter without prescription?

  • Drug reviews,  Pharmacy insights

    Patient’s perspective: pregabalin and gabapentin, new controlled drugs

    From 1st of April 2019 pregabalin and gabapentin will be classified as Schedule 3 Controlled drugs. Why pregabalin and gabapentin became controlled substances? Following Government consultation and recommendations from Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs the decision was made to reclassify pregabalin and gabapentin. The main reason for reclassification was concern about misuse of both drugs. When taken pregabalin and gabapentin can cause feeling of euphoria and relaxation. They can also be used to enhance the effects of opiates such as codeine. This potential for abuse increases their street value. Market for illegal supply of pregabalin and gabapentin is on rise.

  • Saxenda weight loss
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    Saxenda review – effectiveness of NEW weight loss drug.

    Saxenda (Liraglutide) is one of two drugs licensed in the UK for weight loss. Saxenda is the brand name of the drug Liraglutide, also known under the branded name of Victoza, which has been used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes in the UK since 2009. The focus of Saxenda review is the use of Liraglutide in weight loss, however other areas are discussed, including:  Licensed indication  Mechanism of action of Saxenda  Dose used in weight loss management  Comparison of Saxenda use in weight loss to Victoza in the management of type 2 diabetes. Are they the same? Effectiveness of Saxenda in weight loss: a review of clinical trials Side…

  • Can you take paracetamol and ibuprofen together?
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    Taking paracetamol and ibuprofen together

    Paracetamol is on of the most popular drugs prescribed drugs in UK. It is also one one of the most commonly purchased drugs over the counter to help to relief mild to moderate pain for example headache, tooth ache and to help with symptoms of cold, such as high temperature. Ibuprofen is indicated to help to control similar symptoms. Additionally due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, ibuprofen is taken to reduce swelling and inflammation. Can paracetamol and ibuprofen be taken together? NHS recommends that anyone who is 16 or over can take ibuprofen and paracetamol together at the same time. This differs from recommendations for children.