Pharmaceuticals

Generic Drugs vs Brand Name Drugs: What’s the Difference?

The Gist of It Generic drugs are made with the same active ingredient, strength, dosage form, and route of administration as the brand name version. Generic drugs are many times cheaper than brand name drugs because they do not need to spend on clinical trials, marketing, and promotion of the drug. Generic drugs are required to undergo …

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Ask the Expert: Can Supplements Replace Real Food?

Question: I do not usually eat enough veggies, fruits, or nutrients daily to meet my recommended nutrient intake (RNI). Do you think it’s wise for me to take multi-vitamins then? I’m not sure if I should take multivitamins as they have been quite controversial, but my diet is definitely not hitting my RNI. Answer: Boosts your …

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Ask the Expert: Do I Need Medication for a Fever?

Question: I’ve heard that the immune system naturally triggers fever to fight off bacteria and viruses. Is it necessary to take medication for fever? What types of fever medication are there? How do they work? Answer: A fever develops when your body’s temperature rises, most commonly because of an infection. Fever is usually present with common disorders like flu. However, there is no evidence …

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Ask the Expert: How Do Anti-Hypertensive Drugs Work?

Question: Recently, I started taking medicines to lower my high blood pressure. Can you tell me more about these anti-hypertensives and how they work? Answer: Anti-hypertensives are medicines used to lower high blood pressure. In the long term, uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart and kidneys – causing stroke, heart failure or kidney failure. Anti-hypertensives are …

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Ask the Expert: Can My Pharmacist Help Me Manage My Diabetes?

Question: How can a pharmacist help as part of a long-term diabetes management plan to care for my health? Answer: These are several ways that your local pharmacist, who is a trained health professional, can help once you’re diagnosed as being a person with type 2 diabetes – who faces a condition in which his body cells are unable to receive glucose (sugar) …

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Ask the Expert: How Should I Choose Medication at the Pharmacy?

Question: When I go to a pharmacy I get really confused sometimes. There are so many types of medication available to treat various ailments and symptoms. How do I know which to get? Answer: Some drugs need a doctor’s prescription, others are available over-the-counter. Although medication can help to relieve ailments and improve our health, they can also jeopardise …

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Ask the Expert: Can I Stop Taking Antibiotics When I Get Better?

Question: Lately, I have been experiencing a pounding headache, a stuffy nose and muscle aches. I went to see the doctor who told me that I have an infection and must take a capsule form antibiotic called amoxicillin. As usual, I was asked to finish the entire dose. Can I stop taking the antibiotic when I get better? Answer: Amoxicillin is …

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Ask the Expert: Can My Pharmacist Help with Health Advice?

Question: How can my pharmacist help with healthcare advice and consultations? Answer: Being healthy is a lifetime commitment as good health offers a better quality of life and wellness. Just as you rely on your family and close friends to help you through the ups and downs in life’s challenges, you’ll also need a team of healthcare professionals to assist …

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Ask the Expert: What are the Benefits of Chlorophyll?

Ask the Expert: What are the Benefits of Chlorophyll?

Question: A friend has recommended that I drink liquid chlorophyll for a health boost. What are its benefits and how can it help me? Answer: The interesting fact about chlorophyll is its ability to regenerate blood and mimic the oxygen-carrying activity of haemoglobin (protein molecule found in red blood cells) in our bodies. We all know that haemoglobin is important for transporting oxygen to the …

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Calcium Supplements: Are They Useful and How Do You Know if You Need Them?

During one of the Chinese New Year nights, while everyone was busy preparing for the next night’s “bai ti gong”, my four-year-old niece, Stephanie fell off her bed mid somersault and broke her arm. This unexpected incident left everyone’s nerves wrecked, especially her parents. They were obviously worried and were full of queries.  “How can …

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