Articles and advice for patients around conditions and their treatment.
I today’s post I will discuss the best iron supplement in the UK. There is an endless number of iron and multivitamin supplements available in supermarkets and pharmacies. Patients who are deficient of iron and require to take supplements can buy the best iron products from a pharmacy. The best of all, iron supplements available in UK pharmacies are cheap and effective. Patients who pay a prescription charge can buy iron tablets or capsules, which are very often available at a much lower cost. Summary of this post: What is Iron deficiency? Iron deficiency: who needs iron supplements Iron supplements: legal classification Most popular iron supplements in the UK (prescribing…
Blocked nose in babies is a common occurrence. Thankfully there are many non-medicated products, which can be used to help with stuffy noses. Most ‘baby’ products which are available for the management of congestion can be used in newborn babies with few the exception of some vapour rubs. Popular product available this review can be broadly divided into: Saline nasal sprays and drops Nasal aspirator (manual and electric) Vapour rubs and vapour oils Electric plugs (Calpol Vapour Plug) Baby bubble bath products Congestion and blocked nose can be a symptom of hayfever. Availability of different liquid antihistamines is discussed in a separate post.
Cystitis is a common condition mainly affecting women; however, it can also affect men and children. Mild cystitis is usually a self-limiting condition, meaning it will go on its own. Some patients may need to see their GP, depending on symptoms and their duration. Treatment of cystitis over the counter involves pain management with commonly available analgesics and the symptomatic management with products available from a pharmacy and other stores. Patients may also use different private services to obtain prescription-only treatment (antibiotics) without seeing a GP (NHS). In this post, I will summarise options available for the treatment of cystitis: Over the counter product for the management of symptoms Review…
Amoxicillin is one of the most prescribed antibiotics in the UK. In this post, I will review all the essential information about the use of amoxicillin in children. ‘Amoxicillin for kids’ – the outline of the post: Forms of amoxicillin for kids Indicated use of amoxicillin Dosage of amoxicillin in children Possible side effects Storage and expiry dates
Recently launched generic sildenafil 50mg tablets by Perrigo brings a broader choice for patients who seek over the counter (OTC) treatment of erectile disjunction. After Viagra Connect and Aronix sildenafil, sildenafil (Perrigo) is a third option for sildenafil, which can be bought from a pharmacy without a prescription. Certain restrictions apply to the supply of sildenafil 50mg, such as minimum age for the use. Patients may be required to go through a screening checklist with a pharmacist. The screening questionnaire looks at the overall health of the patient requesting sildenafil, concomitant medications taken, as discussed in detail in this post.
Appropriate storage of medicines, such as liquid antibiotics for children, is essential to ensure the medication’s effectiveness and stability. In this post, I am looking at storage instructions and expiry dates of liquid antibiotics for children (solutions/syrups) available in the UK, commonly used to treat various infections in children or adults with swallowing difficulties. Store instruction and expiry dates can be always found on the dispensing label, product information leaflet and on the product label which covers the antibiotic bottle.
Acne is a common skin condition which affects teenagers, although adults can also experience it. Acne can be managed with drugs purchased over the counter without a prescription, such as be benzoyl peroxide (Acnecide). Antibiotics for acne are reserved For people with mild-to-moderate acne. Antibiotics are effective in the management of acne vulgaris. This post summarises different antibiotic options for acne treatment, including most prescribed topical products (applied to the skin), including combination products with retinoids and oral antibiotics.
Over the counter antifungal creams are used in the treatment of various conditions including ringworm, nappy rash, athlete’s foot, thrush and other infections caused by yeast (Candida species), mould and other fungi (for example Trichophyton species). In this post, I will summarise the use and availability of over the counter antifungal creams in the UK.
Carbomer eye gel (also known as carbomer eye drops) is one of the most commonly used eye drops for the treatment of dry eyes. Carbomer is a gel-based eye lubricant, which has thicker consistency (viscosity) as compared to eye drops. In this post, I will discuss the availability of different brands of carbomer eye gels, their side effects, and the essential information about specific brands of carbomer eye gel products. Where can I buy carbomer eye drops? The most carbomer eye gel products are pharmacy-only medications, which means they’re available to buy only from pharmacies, including online chemists. Pharmacy-only medicines are kept away from the public and not available for…
Ear wax build-up is a common problem, which can be characterised by having earache, reduced hearing, dizziness, itchiness, and tinnitus (a sensation of noise in the ear). Thankfully there are several ear drops for wax removal, available over the counter in pharmacies and supermarkets. This post summarises options for ear wax removal with popular ear drop products available in the UK, focusing on the use and age restrictions for each product. Links to purchase a popular ear drops products are also included in this post.