• List of most popular prescription painkillers in the UK

    20 most popular prescription painkillers UK

    The main focus of today’s post is to review the most popular prescription painkillers in the UK. I previously reviewed the popularity of different drugs in the UK, which may interest you: Top 15 most prescribed drugs in the UK & most popular antidepressants in the UK. Most popular prescription painkillers (UK) will be ranked according to the volume of prescriptions issued in the last 12 months by GPs in the UK. Prescribing data was extracted from Openprescribing.net, a website which process information from the NHS in England, making information on prescribed drugs more accessible. I will make a short comment on each drug to give a better understanding of…

  • List of drugs alternative to paracetamol
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness


    Paracetamol, one of the most prescribed drugs in the UK, and probably the most popular over the counter medicine has been recently subject to shortages due to increased demand in recent months. In the last 1-2 years, surgeries across the countries advised many patients to purchase paracetamol over the counter to reduce the cost of drugs prescribed on the NHS. In today’s post, I will discuss drugs alternative to paracetamol. Firstly, I will list some common combination of drugs, which contain paracetamol, which may be used if standard paracetamol tablets or capsules. Secondly, I will review alternative to paracetamol analgesics which are commonly available in the UK.  Summary:  Paracetamol: licensed use…

  • Best over the counter migraine medicine reviewed
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    What is the best over the counter migraine medication?

    Migraine is a common condition affecting an estimated 6 million people in the UK. With approximate 190,000 migraine attacks experienced by people in the UK (NICE, 2012), pharmacies are among the first points of call to find over the counter migraine medication. What is the best painkiller for migraine? Today I will review common over the counter migraine medication. Where possible, I will review the evidence to answer what the best over the counter migraine medicine is. The following will be addressed: What is the recommended management of migraine attack? Over the counter painkillers for migraine: simple analgesics Over the counter codeine-based medicines Over the counter sumatriptan for migraine What…

  • Flucloxacillin vs Amoxicillin - comparison of use, side effects, forms.
    drug vs drug

    Flucloxacillin vs Amoxicillin: 2 most POPULAR antibiotics

    Amoxicillin is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic in the UK, with over 6 mln prescriptions issued in the last 12 months. Flucloxacillin is less popular with around 3.6 mln prescriptions issued during the same time (OpenPrescribing.net, 2021). Both antibiotics’ distinct popularity comes mainly from different recommended use in the treatment of bacterial infections, even though both drugs belong to the same class of antibiotics: penicillins. This post focuses on highlighting the main differences between drugs. Flucloxacillin vs amoxicillin, a summary of the post: The legal classification of flucloxacillin and amoxicillin Licensed use of flucloxacillin and amoxicillin Forms available Child formulations for flucloxacillin and amoxicillin Differences in administration  Common side effects…

  • Vibegron (brand name: Gemtesa) - New FDA approved drug for urinary incontinence
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness,  New drugs

    Vibegron (Gemtesa) – a new drug for overactive bladder

    Vibegron (brand name: Gemtesa) is the latest drug used to treat overactive bladder that has been approved by the FDA in the USA. Gemtesa will be available in the US as prescription-only medication from April 2021. In this post, I will summarise:   Licensed use and legal status of vibegron (US) It’s a mechanism of action  The effectiveness of vibegron: summary of clinical trial  vibegron vs mirabegron: what is the difference? Alternative drugs used in the treatment of overactive bladder in the UK 

  • Allevia 120mg tablets - new fexofenadine over the counter
    Pharmacy insights

    FEXOFENADINE over the counter – Allevia tablets

    Fexofenadine recently received a green light and soon will be available over the counter without a prescription. Until now, fexofenadine was a prescription-only medication. The Government recently announced the reclassification of fexofenadine 120mg, which will be available as General sale Medication (GSL), sold as branded products – Allevia 120mg tablets. Summary of the post: What is fexofenadine? Fexofenadine over the counter – the first GSL product Can anyone take fexofenadine over the counter? How much fexofenadine (Allevia) cost over the counter? Fexofenadine: availability on prescription Other ways of getting fexofenadine ‘over the counter’

  • Can you buy anti sickness tablets over the counter? Review of drugs for nausea and vomiting available over the counter
    Health,  Uncategorized

    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…

  • Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    Codeine over the counter – 17 OTC products

    Without a doubt, codeine-containing products are one of the most commonly sold medicines in the UK. Codeine can be purchased over the counter in the UK. Most codeine products are combination products of codeine and another drug. Codeine over the counter can only be purchased on its own in one form; please read on. I will list most of the codeine over the counter product in the UK; specifically, I will talk about: Forms of codeine available over the counter in the UK Where to buy over the counter codeine from? Restrictions on the supply of codeine-containing products Is codeine over the counter the best pain killer? Codeine over the…

  • Amitriptyline for nerve pain: review of effectiveness, side effects and alternative options
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    Amitriptyline for NERVE PAIN (REVIEWED)

    Amitriptyline is one of the most popular antidepressants in the UK. Its use is not just restricted to the treatment of depression. Amitriptyline is one of the first options considered when a drug treatment is needed to help manage neuropathic pain. This post focuses on the use of amitriptyline for nerve pain. Summary of the post: What is amitriptyline? What is nerve pain (neuropathic pain)? Nerve pain – recommended pharmacological treatment Is amitriptyline good (effective) for nerve pain? How does amitriptyline work in the management of neuropathic pain? Amitriptyline: common side effects Amitriptyline for nerve pain & weight gain Is paracetamol or ibuprofen good for nerve pain? Nerve pain –…

  • Review of anti-itch creams to stop itching fast.
    Drug reviews: use, side effects, effectiveness

    17 creams to STOP ITCHING FAST

    Several factors can cause skin itchiness (also known as pruritus). Skin itch is commonly associated with eczema (dermatitis), psoriasis, chickenpox, insect bites, hives and other conditions. Several effective creams to stop itching can be purchased from supermarkets, pharmacies and online. Sale of some anti-itch creams is restricted to pharmacies only. This post summarises the use, availability and effectiveness of different anti-itch creams. I reviewed anti-itch creams based mainly on two factors: short terms management of skin itchiness for example, with the use of steroid, antihistamine and local anaesthetic creams. I also reviewed creams with and without an active ingredient(s), which are usually recommended for long-term management of skin itchiness. Lastly,…