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.
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.
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.
Update on medicines for smoking cessation
Persistent cigarette smokers usually have a nicotine addiction. This addiction has a chronic relapsing and sometimes remitting course and may persist lifelong.
Mike McDonough, Aust Prescr 2015;38:106-11
How to manage warfarin therapy
Long-term treatment with warfarin is recommended for patients with atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke and those with recurrent venous thrombosis or prosthetic heart valves.
Philip A Tideman, Rosy Tirimacco, Andrew St John, Gregory W Roberts
Aust Prescr 2015;38:44-8
Home monitoring of blood pressure
Home blood pressure monitoring is the self-measurement of blood pressure by patients. In the diagnosis and management of high blood pressure it is complementary to 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and clinic blood pressure measurements.
Barry P McGrath, Aust Prescr 2015;38:16-9
Choosing a combined oral contraceptive pill
The combined oral contraceptive pill is an effective contraceptive method which can also offer other benefits. However, other contraceptive options should be discussed. If the pill is the chosen method, prescribe a pill with the lowest effective dose of oestrogen and progestogen.
Mary Stewart and Kirsten Black, Aust Prescr 2015;38:6-11