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Trends in Medicinal Cannabis Prescription
Trends in Medicinal Cannabis Prescription

Medical cannabis has been legally accessible via prescription since 2016 in Australia through various special access schemes, but our understanding of how much medicinal cannabis is being prescribed, and for what reasons, has been limited. A significant new study from...

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What is so bad about codeine, anyway? Dr. Norman Swan
What is so bad about codeine, anyway? Dr. Norman Swan

https://vimeo.com/624959671 Codeine is now removed from pharmacies because it was more dangerous than helpful as a painkiller. Codeine-containing painkillers and cough and flu compounds are no longer available via your pharmacy. And they haven't been for some time....

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Medicines – tips for the safe use of medicines
Medicines – tips for the safe use of medicines

Every year, pharmacists receive many phone calls about problems that arise from misuse of medicines. This is usually accidental. Sometimes the problem is caused by a person using someone else’s empty bottles to store tablets, but far more often it involves a child...

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How to use medicines properly
How to use medicines properly

Dr Norman Swan, Physician and Journalist Video transcript A lot of people go away from their general practice surgery with a medicine, with a prescription. It's really important to fill in that prescription. You'd be surprised how many people don't...

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How to use painkillers effectively
How to use painkillers effectively

Pain is one of the commonest symptoms you can get. We all suffer pain from time-to-time, I'm suffering some pain just now, 'cause I've just been for a run, so I've got a few aches and pains. I try not to think about it too much, but we all get pain...

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When to take your medicine
When to take your medicine

Many people who are taking tablets or other medicines, either on prescription or over-the-counter, are not sure about the best time to take them, especially in relation to meal times and whether to take them in the mornings or at bed time. The study of when best...

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What are tricyclic antidepressants?
What are tricyclic antidepressants?

What are tricyclic antidepressants? Tricyclic antidepressants are a type of medicine that's been around for over 50 years to treat depression. They're an older antidepressant, but very, very effective. That said, they're not prescribed a great deal today because newer...

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What are the long-term risks of taking heartburn drugs?
What are the long-term risks of taking heartburn drugs?

Most of us will have experienced heartburn at some point. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid or food refluxes from the stomach into the oesophagus, causing a painful burning sensation. If you only have heartburn every so often, you might tough it out or take an...

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Coxibs and arthritis pain and inflammation
Coxibs and arthritis pain and inflammation

Coxibs (also known as COX-2 inhibitors) are a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Coxibs, like other NSAIDs, relieve pain and reduce inflammation. They are sometimes also known as ‘selective NSAIDs’ because they act only on the COX-2 enzyme, rather...

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