February 15, 2016

Keep calm and breathe! Three tips for airtight asthma control

For an asthmatic, breathing can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to be. A few simple changes each day keep huffing and puffing away! (more…)
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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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October 21, 2015

Why it’s so important to stick to your ARV treatment schedule

ARV treatment doesn’t cure you of HIV, it only helps to keep the infection under control so that you can stay healthy for as long as possible. If you do not take your ARVs as prescribed, you’re putting yourself in danger. Some of the risks include: 1. Your HIV infection may become resistant to the medication – this means that the treatment will no longer keep the infection under control because the virus finds ways to protect itself from the ARVs. Also, you’ll never be able to use that particular medication again – it will not work and please remember…
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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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Healthy Lifestyle
September 30, 2014

5 Things you should never throw in your bin

In this day and age is easy just to throw everything in the waste bin, without giving it a moment’s thought. But trash comes back to us in many different ways, none of them good. If you ever needed persuading to be mindful of what you throw away, watch this powerful video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUM58LIU2Lo . When you are finished watching, resolve to change your habits. (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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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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