Health

Articles and advice for patients around conditions and their treatment.

  • 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

  • Iron supplements UK products available from pharmacies
    Health,  supplements

    BEST IRON Supplements UK

    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 - review of products
    Children's health

    19 Best Products for Blocked Nose in Babies

    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.

  • Treatment of cystitis over the counter
    Health,  Women's health

    Treatment of cystitis over the counter

    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 for kids: dose, formulations and side effects
    Children's health,  Health

    Amoxicillin for kids: formulations, dose & side effects

    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 

  • Generic sildenafil 50mg by Perrigo is available over the counter without a prescription
    Drug reviews,  Men's health

    New Generic SILDENAFIL Over The Counter by Perrigo

    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.

  • Antibiotics for children: storage instruction and expiry dates
    Children's health,  Health

    Antibiotics for children: storage and expiry dates

    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.