Cerelle vs Cerazette: Are they really the same?

Cerelle and Cerazette are two brands of daily progestogen-only pill (POP), also known as mini-pill. In recent years prescribing of Cerazette in NHS decreased, in place of other brands, including Cerelle. Today I will discuss the reasons for this change and review different aspects of Cerelle vs Cerazette use. 

Summary of the post:

  • Cerelle vs Cerazette: are they the same?
  • Cerelle vs Cerazette: How to take them?
  • Cerelle vs Cerazette: common side effects 
  • Which contraceptive is more popular – Cerelle vs Cerazette? 
  • I used to be prescribed Cerazette, but not anymore. Why? 
  • Can I still request a doctor to prescribe Cerazette?
  • Can I ask the pharmacy to dispense Cerazette instead of Cerelle?
  • How can I get Cerazette pill? Can I buy Cerazette? 
  • Do generic, and branded drugs produce exactly the same effect? 
  • Alternative progesterone-only methods of contraception 

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Tamsulosin vs Finasteride: use, side effects & effectiveness

Tamsulosin and finasteride are the two most common drugs licensed and used to manage benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a condition characterised by an enlarged prostate, which may produce common symptoms such as increased urgency to urinate, poor urinary flow (difficult to start urination), increased urination at night (polyuria) and incomplete bladder emptying (individuals going back to the toilet few times because they feel they need to pee). In today’s post, I will review the most common questions surrounding both drugs. Tamsulosin vs finasteride summary of the post:  

  • Tamsulosin vs finasteride: legal classification
  • What tamsulosin and finasteride are used for?
  • What is the difference between tamsulosin and finasteride?
  • Can you take tamsulosin and finasteride at the same time?
  • tamsulosin vs finasteride: side effects  
  • Do finasteride and tamsulosin interact with each other?
  • Which drug is better: tamsulosin or finasteride?
  • Conclusion

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Can you buy anti sickness tablets over the counter?

Today I will review anti-sickness tables which are available over the counter from a pharmacy. Most commonly used anti-sickness tablets over the counter in the UK are drugs used for motion sickness. There are, however, other options for the management of sickness associated with migraines or nausea caused by other medications including radiotherapy. I will also briefly talk about the management of ‘morning’ sickness with over the counter (OTC) anti-sickness tablets and prescription-only medicines. 

Summary of this post:

  • common causes of nausea and sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting: do I need to see my GP?
  • Can you buy anti-sickness tablets over the counter?
  • Anti-sickness tablets over the counter – overview
  • Anti-sickness tablets over the counter: motion sickness
  • Anti-sickness tablets other uses: Cyclizine
  • Anti-sickness tablets for migraine-related nausea
  • Can you use OTC anti-sickness tablets in pregnancy?

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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 itching

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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