We offer two anti-viral treatments: aciclovir and valaciclovir. The two medicines are all comparable in their effectiveness. Aciclovir is more cost-effective but needs to be take more frequently than valaciclovir.
Saxenda is an injectable prescription medicine used to help those with obesity lose weight and keep this weight off. Saxenda should be used with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity. It is important to be aware that it may need to be used long term.
Weight Loss Tablets
We can also prescribe Orlistat (Xenical). This medicine stops the body from absorbing 30% of the fat from meals. This reduction in fat absorption reduces overall daily calorie intake. Orlistat is taken before, during or one hour after each major meal.
It may only be prescribed to patients with a BMI of over 30 or >28 with other weight-related conditions. Orlistat also acts as a deterrent for high-fat foods due to the stomach discomfort experienced if you do eat a high-fat meal.
Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is an allergic reaction caused by an allergen such as pollen, dust, mould or fungal spores that causes inflammation of the inside of the nose. It’s a very common condition. Allergic rhinitis typically causes cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose. But unlike a cold, hay fever isn’t caused by a virus.
Several hay fever treatments are available on prescription. Strong hayfever tablets can be prescribed such as Telfast. These are all prescription-only antihistamine tablets.
Rhinolast is a prescription nasal spray that contains the active ingredient azelastine, an antihistamine. This can be used to treat nasal symptoms. Beconase nasal spray is also available on prescription, Dymista is a nasal spray that contains two ingredients – fluticasone and azelastine.
There are also prescription-strength eye drop used for hay fever symptoms such as itchy, red and watery eyes. This contains the active ingredient azelastine.
Shingles (herpes zoster) is a viral infection that causes an outbreak of a painful rash or blisters on the skin. It’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. The rash most often appears as a band of rashes or blisters in one area of your body.
Migraine is a condition of headache attacks, which are often associated with pain, feeling and/or being sick (nausea/vomiting), dizziness, sensitivity to light and noise, and eyesight changes. Migraine attacks vary in length and frequency, these episodes can be very debilitating. To help reduce symptoms, we can prescribe common migraine treatments, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers, anti-sickness medicines, and triptan medicines.
If you have been diagnosed with acid reflux by a doctor, then we are able to provide a repeat prescription for your regular medication.
Acid reflux, heartburn, and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) are a group of conditions where excess stomach acid travels back up towards the throat and cause a burning feeling in the chest. There are a wide range of treatments for acid reflux, ranging from over-the-counter to prescription medications depending on the frequency and severity of your symptoms.
Acid reflux and heartburn are similar conditions that are caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD). GORD is a very common condition where acid from the stomach leaks out into the oesophagus (gullet) and can travel all the way up to the throat.
Acid reflux will involve stomach acid being regurgitated into your throat and mouth. This regurgitation will commonly lead to a sour-bitter, ‘acidy’ taste at the back of your mouth and throat. Heartburn differs slightly as it will present as a discomforting burning pain just below your breastbone. This pain can move into the chest and even into the throat. This pain is usually found to be worse after eating, or when bending over or lying down.
There are many treatment options available for this condition. Most over-the-counter antacid remedies work by neutralising the effects of the stomach acid. Alginate preparations, such as Gaviscon work differently. Alginates provide a protective coating, designed to shield the lining of the stomach and oesophagus from the effects of stomach acid. These work best if taken just after eating a meal.
If over-the-counter treatments are proving ineffective and you’ve previously been prescribed a particular medication we can issue a repeat prescription.
Fungal nail infections are common, they are generally not serious but can be stubborn and take a long time to treat. Fungal nail infections usually affect the toenails but can sometimes also affect the fingers. The infection can be present on just one nail or multiple. The fungus causes the nails to thicken, discolour, become distorted, and become brittle and crumbly if left untreated.
Treating fungal nail infections can take time, the two main forms of treatment for Fungal Nail Infections are nail paints and tablets.
These treatments usually work by stopping the growth of the fungus, the infection will then clear as your nail grows out. Depending on the severity of the infection, a fingernail can take up to six months to completely clear with a toenail potentially requiring up to twelve months of treatment to completely clear.
If your nails have become thick, it can help to file them down before treatment. This will allow the medicine better access to the infection.
The first line of treatment will be the antifungal nail paint containing Amorolfine. The advantages of these types of treatment are the application need only be applied once a week and there is no risk of experiencing the side effects associated with the oral antifungal tablets.
Antifungal tablets are also used to treat fungal nail infections. The most commonly prescribed antifungal tablets are Terbinafine. These treatments are usually very effective. Depending on the severity of the nail infection, they may need to be taken for anything from six weeks to six months.
As with all medication there will always be a small risk that there may be side effects. The most common associated with antifungal tablets are; headache, nausea, diarrhoea, itching and a loss of the sense of taste.