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Once daily tadalafil

Once daily tadalafil 5mg

Tadalafil is the medical – or generic – name for the Cialis brand of erectile dysfunction medicine. Tadalafil works in the same way as sildenafil (Viagra), however whereas sildenafil lasts for around 4 hours, tadalafil remains active for up to 36 hours, hence why it is sometime called the weekend pill. This does not mean you will have an erection for 36 hours, only when required, eg: when sexually aroused.

Most men take tadalafil as and when they need it 30 minutes or more before sexual activity. The usual starting dose is tadalafil 10mg, which – depending on effectiveness – may be increased to 20mg or decreased to 5mg.

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Antibiotics online for cystitis

Macrobid nitrofurantoin medicine pack photo

Sadly, cystitis is incredibly common in women. Around 10–20% will get at least one attack of cystitis in a lifetime. The symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, and you may be desperate for help – and fast. Some women have recurrent urine infections, which can be very troublesome and annoying.

This information below is only for women with a suspected urine infection, and for stand-by non-urgent antibiotics.

If men think they may have a urine infection, this needs a totally different approach.

Read on to find out all you need to know about urinary tract infection, antibiotics and stand-by treatment.

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All you need to know about pregnancy testing

Asian woman looking at pregnancy test
  • Is the pregnancy test positive or negative?
  • When to do the test?
  • What to do next?

Wondering if you might be pregnant can be a difficult time. You may be either desperate to be pregnant, or desperate not to be pregnant – but either way, you want to know as soon as possible – and be sure of the result.

Read on and see what pregnancy testing is all about, how and when to test, and what the results may mean.

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Medicine expiry dates

Expiry date printed on a medicine pack

We are all familiar with ‘best-before’ and ‘use-by’ dates on food. Medicines are very similarly labelled.

If you look at the packet of your most recent medication, you will see stamped on it somewhere, an expiry date. But what does this expiry date really mean?

Although generally not recommended, we may sometimes choose to eat certain foods beyond their ‘best before’ date. But can we do the same with medicines?

 Is it really necessary to throw away, and waste, unused medicines?

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Can you buy generic Champix (varenicline)?

Champix

Not yet. Champix is the only brand name of the drug varenicline currently available in the UK or the EU. Champix was patented in 2006, and remains under patent until September 2021 in the UK/EU – in the USA it is patented until 2020 under the brand name of Chantix, so it cannot be legally sold until the patent expires.

The active medical ingredient in Champix is called varenicline. Varenicline is the generic name of the product.

Champix is prescription-only medicine.

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Azithromycin no longer first choice treatment for chlamydia

Azithromycin pack photo
You can no longer buy azithromycin online for chlamydia infections from Dr Fox.

Guidelines about chlamydia treatment have recently (Sept 2018) been updated.

A 7-day course of doxycycline is now the recommended antibiotic for chlamydia infections.
Doxycyline for chlamydia

  • Have you recently tested positive for chlamydia?
  • Do you need help and advice regarding treatment?

If so, read on – we can help!

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