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Medication & Treatment
January 27, 2016

How pain medication works

Have you ever found yourself in a pharmacy, looking for a painkiller for a headache or a pulled muscle in your back … but you don’t really know what type of painkiller to buy? (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
September 15, 2015

How to choose the right multivitamin

When it comes to vitamins and supplements, you probably take whatever brand you’re used to. Let’s face it, with so many shelves of different makes and combinations, it’s hard to work out which one is best for you! Here are some tips on what to actually look for in a multivitamin. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
September 6, 2015

Are you taking too many pills?

Have you ever taken a rather large cocktail of medications to treat one disease or condition? This use of multiple medications - especially at the same time – is called Polypharmacy. It’s loosely defined as the use of five or more regular medications, or it can refer to excessive or unnecessary use of medication. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
June 23, 2015

Antibiotics – when to say no!

Infections. When we feel ill, we go straight to the doc for antibiotics to feel better. The problem is: in some cases, antibiotics are the worst thing you can take! Do you know what antibiotics do to your body? (more…)
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InfectionsMedication & Treatment
September 20, 2014

What is PrEP and PEP?

Ever heard of the acronyms PrEP and PEP? Both refer to HIV prevention; let’s have a look at what these terms mean. PrEP: This stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Prophylaxis means to “prevent the spread of a disease or infection”. We’re desperately trying to curb the spread of HIV infection and PrEP is one of the newer methods being used - an HIV negative person will take a tablet (containing two types of antiretroviral medication) every day to prevent contracting HIV. This, together with other preventative methods such as condom use, can offer very good protection. So who would take PrEP?…
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Medication & Treatment
August 1, 2014

6 Things you should never do with medication

Whether it’s just for the occasional headache or sore stomach, or a chronic condition like diabetes, we all have to take some kind of medication sooner or later. With that in mind, take a read through these need-to-know medication safety tips before you start popping pills. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
July 21, 2014

When to take a pill, when to see a doctor

You can’t afford to visit the doctor for every ache, pain or sniffle, and there are plenty of over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for everything from headaches to heartburn. But when does self-treating put you into the danger-zone? Here are some common examples: (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
April 25, 2014

An aspirin a day may keep colon cancer away

At Hello Doctor, we’re all about preventative healthcare, which means part of our job is to help educate and inform you about health and wellness, and what you can start doing today to help prevent your risk of illness and disease later in life. After all, prevention really is better than cure. Which brings us to today’s interesting news snippet, which reconfirms previous studies which have shown that taking aspirin every day can help keep colon cancer at bay. According to scientists, this common over-the-counter medication, which most people already have at home, can half your risk of developing this…
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Healthy LifestyleMedication & Treatment
April 24, 2014

If you’re taking medication, watch what you eat and drink!

Your pharmacist always tells you whether to take your medication before or after food, and whether or not it’s OK to take them with alcohol or before you drive. But do they ever tell you what you should and shouldn’t eat or drink? They should! This is because what you eat and drink has a powerful effect on your body, and what you consume can change the way that medication works in your system. Here, we look at the most common food and drinks which can interfere with medication. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
February 3, 2014

Antibiotics: Questions to ask your doctor

In our previous blog post on antibiotics, we took a closer look at what these amazing medicines are all about, how they help our body, and the similarities between the thousands of different types of antibiotics available. (more…)
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