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News, information and articles on the health, pharmaceutical, medical and wellness industries.

Women’s safety

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If you are frightened, or feel unsafe or vulnerable in your situation, there are people who can help.

On this page we have collected information about help for victims of domestic abuse, and also for victims of trafficking and modern slavery.

Symptoms and signs of abusive relationships

Sometimes we don’t realise we are in an abusive relationship because behaviour patterns have become so normal to us – see Gov.uk – Domestic abuse: recognise the signs

  • Are you ever afraid of your partner?
  • Do you change your behaviour because you’re frightened of your partner’s reaction?
  • Is your partner jealous and possessive? 
  • Do you often feel like you’re walking on eggshells? 
  • Do you feel controlled or isolated?

If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, then you may be in an abusive relationship – see Women’s Aid – How to recognise domestic abuse.

You are not alone and there are many places to find support.

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Are medicines vegan?

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Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

The Vegan Society

Vegan diets have become increasingly popular, because of ethical, environmental, or health reasons. A vegan diet excludes all animal products, including dairy and eggs, either replacing products with vegetable and fruit based look-alikes, or eating a completely different type of diet which may include raw fruits and vegetables.

When it comes to medicines, it is more difficult to make a choice which is true to pure vegan principles and for your own health you may find that you do need to take a medicine which is not totally vegan. It is important to do your research carefully and to be clear of your own red lines. Your decision should then be taken in consultation with your doctor.

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The mystery of post-finasteride syndrome

Pgoto of finasteride 1mg and 5mg medicine packs

There is currently very little research into Post-Finasteride Syndrome (PFS), probably in part to it being rare and also the varying side effects that sufferers experience. Not all doctors are aware of this syndrome, however it was recognised in the USA in their list of rare and genetic diseases in 2015.

What is PFS?

Finasteride 1mg, also known by the brand name Propecia, is used to treat male pattern baldness. It is also used at a higher dose of 5mg to treat men with symptoms from enlarged prostates. As with all drugs, there is the potential to experience side effects from the medication – erectile dysfunction and reduced libido being the most common. In most cases these side effects settle when the medication is stopped and is no longer in the body’s system. However, rarely, some men continue to experience sexual dysfunction alongside other neurological and physical symptoms and this has been termed PFS. It can be diagnosed if the symptoms persist 3 months after stopping the medication and there are no pre-existing illnesses or current medical conditions or medications that could account for the symptoms.

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The newer progestogen-only contraceptive pills

POP contraceptive pills

The progestogen-only contraceptive pill (POP), also sometimes known as the ‘mini-pill’ is now more widely available. Lovima and Hana can be bought from a pharmacist without the need for an appointment with a GP or at a sexual health clinic. You can also order these from Dr Fox alongside other POPs Cerelle or Cerazette and get up to 12 months at a time. All these pills are medically the same, consisting of 75 micrograms of the progestogen desogestrel.

Progestogen-only pills may have fewer side effects compared to the combined contraceptive pill, but there are also many other benefits.

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Off label medication


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Every medication supplied in the UK goes through a strict process of development and monitoring to ensure it is effective and safe. Once it has passed clinical trials the drug manufacturer can apply for a licence. This licence is only for the problems that it has been used for in the trial and shown to be effective for. All medicines used in the UK must have a licence before being issued to patients. This is done by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK.

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Compare medicine prices (2022)

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Dr Fox prices remain up to 50% less than other clinics

Dr Fox regularly price checks frequently ordered medicines with other leading online pharmacies and consistently finds evidence to support our claims. In some cases our prices are less than 50% of other clinics.

Price comparison tables are displayed on popular treatment pages, and below are selected examples of treatment most often requested.

Price comparisons: May 2022

Prices listed above include prescription fee. Prices checked 05 May 2022. Delivery fees not included.
Medicine Dr Fox Superdrug Lloyds Pharmacy Med Express Zavamed
Finasteride 1mg x 84
For male hair loss
£33.90 £80.00 £80.00 £44.99 £44.95
Macrobid 100mg x 6
For cystitis treatment
£14.50 £25.00 £23.99 £15.99 £22.00
Priligy 30mg x 6
For premature ejaculation
£40.00 £50.00 £52.00 £45.99 £47.00
Tadalafil 10mg x 8
For erectile dysfunction
£16.95 £41.99 £32.00 £29.99 £29.00
Sildenafil 50mg x 8
For erectile dysfunction
£13.95 £23.00 £28.00 £29.99 £19.00
Doxycycline 100mg x 14
For chlamydia treatment
£7.50 £20.00 £18.00 £13.99 £18.00
Generic Malarone x 23
For malaria prevention
£27.60 £53.00 £54.00 £57.99 £48.00
Norethisterone 5mg x 60
For period delay
£17.50 £37.00 £28.95 £25.99 £24.95

We have compared UK regulated online pharmacies and online doctors only. UK regulations ensure patient safety and licenced medicine only is supplied.

Delivery fee is not included in table above. Some providers offer free collection in-store option. Dr Fox posts treatment by Royal Mail Tracked 24 for £2.90.

Ventolin Accuhaler now available

A more environmentally friendly inhaler

Ventolin Accuhaler pack photo

Dr Fox can now supply Ventolin Accuhaler – a dry powder breath-actuated salbutamol inhaler (£8.95).

A dry powder inhalation device means there is no need for aerosols, which can be harmful to the environment. Non-aerosol inhalers have a significantly lower carbon footprint. Changing to this type of inhaler reduces greenhouse gas emissions and has 30 times the environmental impact of planting a tree.

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