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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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You, your periods, and your health

Woman with flower on stomach to symbolise her period

“Maybe if period pain burned calories, it would be worth it!” – so states the popular meme. If only that was true! But love them or hate them, periods are here to stay … at least until the menopause!

Read on and see…

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