Ibuprofen for chickenpox – can you use it? [ANSWERED]

Ibuprofen is a common medication used in the management of pain, fever, and to reduce inflammation. Alongside paracetamol (Calpol) it is one of the first medicines considered by parents when a child is ill. However, ibuprofen may not be recommended as the drug of choice in a particular group of children or to treat specific conditions. Today I answer the question: Can you use ibuprofen for chickenpox?

Summary of this post:

  • Can you use ibuprofen for chickenpox?
  • Why can’t we use ibuprofen for chickenpox (evidence)?
  • What are the alternative medicines for chickenpox?
  • Management of fever in chickenpox
  • Management of skin itch in chickenpox

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9 Calpol ALTERNATIVE products for children

Calpol is probably the most well-known brand of paracetamol in liquid form for infants, toddlers and children. Calpol range of paracetamol liquid includes Calpol Infant and Calpol 6+. Today I will list Calpol alternative products, including other brands and forms of liquid paracetamol and alternative drugs. Although the intention is to find Calpol alternative products for toddlers and children, I included a few products, which have a minimum age restriction of 12 years and above. Firstly, however, I will review the composition of Calpol Infant and Calpol Six Plus to identify how much of paracetamol (main active ingredient) is present in each product.

Summary of the post:

  • What is Calpol?
  • Calpol: active ingredients
  • Calpol alternative products
  • Can you use Calpol with Nurofen? / Can you give a child paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time? 

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Best PAIN RELIEVER for toothache

In a pharmacy, patients request a pain relief medication due to a toothache quite commonly. Seeing a dentist to investigate the cause of pain is crucial. In the meantime, the patient may consider the use of over the counter medicines to manage the pain. Although it is difficult to point out a single best pain reliever for toothache, patients may see pain reduction with any of the drugs reviewed below. A combination of two or even three different product is possible with over the counter medicines. I will discuss leading painkillers available in pharmacies for the management of a toothache. I will also list a few prescription-only drugs which can be prescribed by a dentist. Summary of the post:

  • Management of dental pain with paracetamol
  • Is paracetamol the best pain reliever for a toothache?
  • Best pain reliever for toothache: Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAIDs)
  • NSAIDs effectiveness in acute toothache
  • Codeine combination products as pain relief for a toothache
  • Is codeine the best pain reliever for a toothache?
  • Local anaesthetics for toothache
  • Prescription-only medicines for a toothache

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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

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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 treatment according to national guide (NICE)
  • best toenail fungus treatment 
  • new drugs is the treatment of fungal nail infections

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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 you get domperidone over the counter? 
  • How domperidone increase milk production? 
  • Domperidone in breastfeeding: Can domperidone increase milk supply?
  • Domperidone dosage in breastfeeding
  • Domperidone: possible side effects
  • Is domperidone excreted in breastmilk? 
  • Can you get domperidone prescribed on the NHS? 
  • How much does domperidone cost (private prescription cost)?
  • Conclusion

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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 of Truvada in the UK 
  • Can you get Truvada on NHS? 
  • Common side effects associated with Truvada
  • What to do when Truvada dose is missed 
  • Truvada: alternative options 

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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.

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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 be treated with over the counter antifungal cream called clotrimazole.

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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 thrush
  • Self-care measures to prevent thrush
  • Note on paying for NHS prescriptions when a combination product for the treatment of thrush is prescribed

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