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Articles and advice for patients around conditions and their treatment.

  • Calamine lotion for chickenpox - review
    Children's health

    Calamine lotion for chickenpox skin itchiness

    Calamine lotion for chickenpox is usually considered the first choice in the management of itchiness caused by varicella-zoster virus infection. Calamine lotion is cheap and widely available. In this post, I will review the use of calamine lotion for chickenpox. Summary of this post: What is calamine lotion? Is calamine lotion effective for chickenpox rush? Where to buy calamine lotion for chickenpox Is calamine lotion the best option for management of chickenpox Calamine lotion alternative products Use of antihistamines for chickenpox

  • The best toenail fungus treatment
    Health

    Best Toenail Fungus Treatment Products

    Fungal nail infection is a common condition, which usually affects toenails. The main products used for toenail fungus treatment are available in most pharmacies, supermarkets and perhaps with the best range of products found online. Topical products, which are applied directly to the infected area, are the main products used as toenail fungus treatment. I will review the best toenail fungus treatment options available over the counter in the UK. I will also look at the national guide on toenail infections (treatment approach in the NHS) and summarise the recommended treatment. Summary of the post:  symptoms of fungal toenail infection  toenail fungus – predisposing factors overview of the fungal nail…

  • Domperidone in breastfeeding - increase milk production
    Women's health

    Domperidone in breastfeeding | Increase milk supply

    Several factors can impact breast milk supply with common factors including low frequency of breastfeeding, wrong latching by a baby, late start of breastfeeding, use of formula alongside breastfeeding and some drugs. Drug therapy to increase milk production is usually considered when insufficient milk is produced despite appropriate lactation support (Grzeskowiak et al, 2018). Today I will review the use of domperidone in breastfeeding. One of the uncommon side effects of domperidone is galactorrhoea (excessive milk production), which lead to unlicensed use of domperidone in breastfeeding to increase the production of the milk. I will review several areas considering domperidone in breastfeeding. Summary of the post: What is domperidone Can…

  • Truvada for PrEP
    Drug reviews,  Men's health

    Truvada for PrEP: availability, cost and side effects

    It is estimated that around 103,800 of people live with HIV in the UK (PHE, 2019). Estimated 17% of people with HIV are not aware of the infection (NICE, 2016), increasing the risk of passing HIV when having sex without protection. Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil) is an antiviral drug used in the treatment of HIV, alone or as part of antiviral combination therapy. Truvada is also licensed as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication. Today, I am reviewing Truvada for PrEP. In summary, the following will be discussed: What is Truvada? Truvada for PrEP: how does it work? Truvada for PrEP: effectiveness. How to get Truvada Superdrug Pharmacy: Truvada for PeEP service  Cost…

  • IBS medicine over the counter - review of products for IBS
    Health

    14 BEST IBS Medication Over The Counter

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition which is characterised by smooth muscle spasm alongside the gastrointestinal tract with a range of associated symptoms. Patients who are diagnosed with IBS are usually advised on the lifestyles to minimise the risk of IBS symptoms. Review of diet and lifestyle is one of the first recommendations gives by a doctor once a patient is diagnosed with IBS. Drug treatment can be used alongside lifestyle measures. Most of the drugs which are recommended in the symptomatic management of IBS can be purchased over the counter from pharmacies, supermarkets and online. Today I will review 14 best IBS medication over the counter.

  • Baby Thrush Treatment Over The Counter with Daktarin Oral Gel
    Children's health

    Baby Thrush Treatment Over The Counter

    Baby thrush (oral thrush) is a common condition caused by candida infection (fungal infection) and mostly affecting new-born babies. Thrush can affect breastfeeding mothers (thrush present in the breast) and babies, with thrush affecting the inside of the mouth or causing a nappy rash. This post will focus on the treatment of oral baby thrush. Parents have only one option for baby thrush treatment – over the counter antifungal oral gel (Daktarin Sugar-Free 2% Oral Gel), which be purchased from pharmacies only. Certain restrictions apply for the supply of Daktarin Oral Gel. This post will focus on the treatment of oral thrush in babies. The nappy rash in babies can…

  • Creams for thrush - treatment of vaginal thrush
    Women's health

    Best creams for thrush | Vaginal thrush treatment

    Thrush (also known as candidiasis) is a common condition affecting mainly women; however, men can also get it. Thrush infection may affect the vagina (or penis in men) or mouth (oral thrush). The focus of this post is the treatment of vaginal thrush with creams and combination products, which are available from the pharmacies (including online chemists), supermarkets and other online retailers. Fortunately, creams for thrush are available in pharmacies, and most patients can buy them without seeing a GP. The following will be discussed: Thrush definition and symptoms When to see GP Treatment recommendations Creams for thrush Combination products for the treatment of vaginal thrush Alternative treatments for vaginal…

  • Quinine for leg cramps and alternative options for leg cramps.
    Health

    Quinine for leg cramps | Alternative treatment options

    Leg cramps are defined as sudden, involuntary and painful muscle spasm, which usually affect calf, but may also affect foot or thigh (NICE, 2018). Leg cramps which happen at night (nocturnal leg cramps) are a common condition, with increased occurrence among the elderly population (ibid). This post summarises the use of quinine for leg cramps.  In summary, I will discuss the following:  causes and symptoms of leg cramps treatment recommendations for leg cramps – how leg cramps are treated in the NHS how to get quinine in the UK, effectiveness of quinine in the reduction of leg cramps quinine – possible side effects use of tonic water for leg cramps…

  • Evorel Conti and Evorel Sequi alternative drugs
    Pharmacy insights,  Women's health

    Evorel patches incl. Evorel Conti Alternative drugs

    Evorel patches have been subject to shortages since 2019. Today the stock of Evorel patches, including Evorel Conti and Evorel Sequi is being replenished with improved availability in many pharmacies due to imposed supply restrictions by the wholesaler which redistributes Evorel products. Today I am looking at different options for treatment of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), focusing on Evorel, Evorel Conti and Evorel Sequi alternative drugs. Additionally, stock availability in the UK for Evorel, Evorel range will be discussed.

  • EMLA cream for premature ejaculation
    Health,  Men's health

    EMLA cream for premature ejaculation

    In the UK, EMLA cream is mostly known and used as a topical ​anaesthetic which is applied to the skin before needle insertion or surgical procedures on the surface of the skin. In today’s post, I will review the use of EMLA cream for premature ejaculation (PE). Summary of the post: What is premature ejaculation and what is EMLA cream Legal status of EMLA cream How to get EMLA cream for PE How much does EMLA cost? Review of the effectiveness of EMLA cream for PE How to use EMLA cream for premature ejaculation? Possible Side effects associated with the use of EMLA cream