• Nasal sprays for hayfever

    Nasal sprays for hayfever: treatment choice

    Symptomatic management of hayfever involves the use of different over the counter antihistamines and nasal sprays. There is plenty of option when it comes to nasal sprays. In this post, I will list common nasal sprays for hayfever available over the counter from pharmacies and larger shops. I will briefly divide nasal sprays into two categories: steroids nasal sprays and non-steroid nasal sprays. I will also summarise: Possible side effects associated with their use Any important, relevant information Use of nasal sprays in pregnancy

  • Antibiotics for UTI when pregnant
    Health,  Women's health

    Antibiotics for UTI when pregnant: recommendations

    Urinary-tract infection (UTI) is a common condition experienced in pregnancy. Physiological changes to the urinary tract during the pregnancy, such as dilation of the urethra and decreased bladder capacity, increase the risk of urinary infections (Hebak, 2019). UTI is an umbrella term which defines infection of the bladder (cystitis), kidneys, or urethra. In this post, I am looking at recommended antibiotics in UTI when a pregnant patient is affected by this condition. 

  • Type 2 diabetes medications

    Type 2 Diabetes Medications Guide

    Type 2 diabetes is a common condition affecting around 3.5 mln people in the UK (Diabetes UK, 2019). In this post, I will discuss the most common type 2 diabetes medications used in the UK, reflecting current guidelines in the management of this condition. In relation to each drug, I will focus mainly on: Mechanism of action Common side effects Any essential and relevant information about the drug The following type 2 diabetes medications will be discussed: Metformin Sulphonylurea Gliptins (DPP-4 inhibitors) SGLT2 inhibitors GLP-1 mimetics (Incretin mimetics) Pioglitazone GLP-1 mimetics In the final part of this post, I listed the most common type 2 diabetes drugs prescribed in the…

  • What is the most common antidepressant in the UK?
    Drug reviews,  statistics

    10 most common antidepressants in the UK

    Depression is a widespread condition in the UK, which reflects prescribing trends for antidepressant drugs. In recent years antidepressants became the fastest growing class of drugs in the UK. In 2019, four million more antidepressant items were prescribed as compared to 2018, reaching 74.4 mln prescribed items. In this post, I will be looking at the most common antidepressants in the UK. I will also discuss the rationale behind the popularity of some commonly used antidepressants in the UK.

  • How to change a nominated pharmacy?
    Pharmacy insights

    How to change a nominated pharmacy?

    Have you recently moved and want to change your pharmacy? Or perhaps you are not happy with the service you have been receiving from your current pharmacy, whatever the reason changing nominated pharmacy is easy and can be done in several ways. How to change a nominated pharmacy? In this post, I will discuss 7 easy ways of changing your nominated pharmacy.

  • Tesco sildenafil: a cheap erectile dysfunction service
    Health,  Men's health

    Tesco sildenafil: how to get a cheap “Viagra”?

    Update: on 01/04/2020 Tesco dysfunction service was discontinued.  There are many ways of getting sildenafil. Sildenafil can be prescribed on NHS or private prescription, it can be purchased from a pharmacy or online pharmacies, or patients can use different private erectile dysfunction services widely provided by online pharmacies / online doctors. Since 2018 sildenafil became available over the counter from pharmacies without a prescription, under a branded name as Viagra Connect. In 2020, we saw a launch of Aronix, another brand of sildenafil available over the counter without a prescription and priced much more competitively. Today I am going to write about one of the cheapest ways of getting sildenafil…

  • Over the counter laxatives UK: the best list

    The Best Over the Counter Laxatives UK

    Most over the counter laxatives in the UK are available without a prescription. There are four main classes of laxatives which patients can use to manage constipation effectively and fast. Over the counter laxatives (UK) are licensed as General Sale List Products (GSL), available in any retail outlet including pharmacies, and Pharmacy Only medicines (P), which can only be purchased from registered pharmacies, including online pharmacies under a supervision of a pharmacist. Within each class, over the counter laxatives have specific licensed age restrictions with some available for children only on prescription.   In this post, I will discuss over the counter laxatives commonly used in the UK. I relation to…

  • Ranitidine alternative drugs

    15 Best RANITIDINE Alternative Drugs

    Ranitidine alternative drugs are in demand. UK markets have been wiped out from ranitidine, a popular medication used mainly in the management of indigestion / acid reflux. In the US and UK, ranitidine was subject to a number of recalls at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 due to possible contamination with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen (a chemical that possibly causes cancer). The topic of ranitidine and cancer risk with updates on all ranitidine recalls was previously discussed in the post: Ranitidine recalls – updates & patients information. Ranitidine alternative drugs will be discussed in this post. In brief, the following will be reviewed: Ranitidine:…

  • Aronix (sildenafil) - new erectile dysfunction pill reviewed
    Health,  Men's health

    Aronix sildenafil – a NEW, CHEAP Erectile Dysfunction Pill

    A new brand of sildenafil drug used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction(ED) has been launched. Aronix (sildenafil) is classified as a pharmacy-only medication (P), available without a prescription from a pharmacy or registered online pharmacies. Aronix is not the first pharmacy medication available without a prescription for the treatment of ED. Viagra Connect has been available since 2018 as over the counter pharmacy medication; however, what is exciting about Aronix is the price, which is much lower as compared to Viagra Connect.

  • Warfarin alternative drugs

    New Warfarin Alternative Drugs: everything you need to know

    Warfarin is the most used anticoagulant in the UK, with a history going back to the 1950s when it was approved for human use in 1954. Over 60 years later and the popularity of warfarin is indisputable. Two factors contributing to the wide use of warfarin are the effectiveness and low cost of the drug. However, as you are about to learn from this post, the prescribing of warfarin is in decline in place of warfarin alternative drugs, a new group of novel anticoagulant drugs known as Non-Vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC). I this post will review: warfarin mechanism of action and indicated use, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of…