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Medication & Treatment
January 5, 2018

When can you stop taking your medication?

You’ve been on antibiotics for a few days now to combat that infection, but you’re already feeling much better. Should you stop taking your meds? Or maybe you are taking meds for your blood pressure, but you don’t feel sick anymore. Is it fine to stop taking them? Absolutely not! Your doctor prescribed your medication for a reason. If you don’t take your medication exactly as prescribed, you can have many complications, such as unnecessary hospitalisation, delayed recovery, increased healthcare costs and even death. Why people stop too soon Many people stop taking their medication when they feel better. Once…
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Medication & Treatment
May 7, 2017

The new face of hormone therapy

Bio-identical hormones are products that contain hormones which are identical in their molecular structure to those made naturally in the human body. Think of these substances as a more natural approach to traditional hormone therapy. Bio-identical hormones are created from plant chemicals, derived from plants such as yams and soy. Like hormone therapy, bio-identical hormones help alleviate symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or decline. Why take hormones? As you age, crucial hormones in your body take a dive. These include oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. When a woman stops having periods (menopause), these hormones decline dramatically. This can lead to: Hot…
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Medication & Treatment
April 21, 2017

Understanding medical cannabis

Good news for those who enjoy a little “herbal” remedy; after two years of process, the Medical Innovation Bill now makes medicinal cannabis legal in South Africa. The bill was approved in November 2016 and means that chronic pain sufferers will now be able to use medical cannabis as a legitimate pain medication – once pharmacies and doctors start supplying them of course. The South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) says that people can apply for a license to: cultivate or grow and produce cannabis and cannabis resin, extract and test cannabis, cannabis resin and manufacture a medicine containing cannabinoids.…
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Medication & Treatment
March 14, 2017

Do you really need that aspirin?

Most of us have taken an aspirin at some point in our lives. Some of us take it every day. Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) that is used to treat fever, mild to moderate pain, and inflammation in the body. It works by blocking substances in the body that cause pain and swelling. This helps to relieve the amount of pain sensed and reduces the inflammatory response. Aspirin can also be used to lower the risk of a heart attack or stroke. It has blood-thinning properties, which means it can improve blood circulation and prevent blood clots. If…
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Medication & Treatment
October 30, 2016

Should I be taking these meds?

It’s often easy and convenient to look up any topic in this day and age, but when it comes to your health, how do you know what information you can trust? Self-diagnosis can be dangerous, which is why Hello Doctor is here to help walk your through your symptoms. You might wonder whether or not you need a prescription medication for your condition, but how would you know? So do you really need that medication? Let’s take a look. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
August 19, 2016

All about antibiotics

This week I have been inundated with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms, and all wanting antibiotics to get them better quickly!! Unfortunately, most of the time their symptoms are due to viral infections and I've sent them off to the pharmacy with a battery of medications, but no antibiotics. "How can you be so cruel?", I hear you ask. Well let’s take a closer look at antibiotics before you judge me!  (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
July 11, 2016

Top 5 anti-depressant “must knows”

Your doctor has prescribed anti-depressant medication for you and if you take your prescription correctly, it will make a big difference to your quality of life. To get the best results, there are some things that you need to know. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
March 28, 2016

What are generic drugs?

When you go to the chemist to get a prescription filled, there’s every chance that your pharmacist asks you if you’d prefer a generic. But are generic drugs made of the same ingredients as branded medicines, and do they work the same way? (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
March 15, 2016

Should I stop taking my meds?

If you have been prescribed medication for a chronic condition, there is a good chance that you feel great and would love to come off it. The truth is that many diseases are silent and have no symptoms until you have a serious health event like a stroke or heart attack. Here are just a few reasons why you should stay on your medication. (more…)
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