COPD: navigating inhaled medicines management
There are more than a dozen different inhaled medicines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and multiple devices. How can you help your patients get the best out of theirs?
Community use of naloxone for opioid overdose
Naloxone is a competitive antagonist at opioid receptors. It can be administered to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Medication management on sick days
Patients may be susceptible to adverse drug events during acute illness due to comorbidities or medicine use.
Drugs affecting milk supply during lactation
There are morbidity and mortality benefits for infants who are breastfed for longer periods. Occasionally, drugs are used to improve the milk supply.
Safety through reporting
This free course will guide you through the adverse event reporting process. Reporting adverse events is important to ensure that therapeutic products continue to be safe.
The management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
If there are no features of serious disease, suspected gastro-oesophageal reflux disease can be initially managed with a trial of a proton pump inhibitor for 4–8 weeks. This should be taken 30–60 minutes before food for optimal effect.
Charlotte Keung and Geoffrey Hebbard, Aust Prescr 2016:39:6-10
Treating hepatitis C - what’s new?
Chronic hepatitis C infection causes cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma, and is the most common indication for liver transplantation. Hepatitis C is curable and complications can be prevented.
Alex J Thompson and Jacinta A Holmes, Aust Prescr 2015;38:191-7
Drugs in breastfeeding
Most commonly used drugs are relatively safe for breastfed babies. The dose received via milk is generally small and much less than the known safe doses of the same drug given directly to neonates and infants.