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The Uses and Sides Effects of Acetazolamide

Posted Tuesday 24 November 2020 11:30 by in Altitude Sickness by Harman Bhamra

If you are wondering what the uses and side effects of Acetazolamide are, you’ve come to the right place.

Uses of Acetazolamide

Acetazolamide is a drug commonly used to treat altitude sickness. It has proven effective in reducing tiredness, dizziness, shortness of breath, headache, and nausea when you fly or climb mountains at a fast rate. Click here if you want to learn more about the causes of altitude sickness.

Aside from treating altitude sickness symptoms, Acetazolamide is also used to treat certain types of glaucoma. It works by decreasing fluid production in the eyes, relieving pressure.

Acetazolamide is also used to help limit the buildup of body fluids following a heart failure and is used in the treatment of certain seizures.

What are the side effects of Acetazolamide?

Like all medications, taking Acetazolamide also comes with associated risks of developing unpleasant side effects. Some of the common side effects of Acetazolamide include:

  • Increased urination
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness

These side effects of Acetazolamide are common in the first few days as your body learns to adapt to the medication.

Other common side effects of this drug are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in taste
  • Diarrhoea

While most of these side effects are mild and would often go away as soon as you stop taking Acetazolamide, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor right away if they worsen.

If you develop any of the serious side effects of Acetazolamide listed below, stop taking the medication and contact your doctor right away.

  • Ringing in the ears
  • Hearing loss
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Muscle pain
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in your mental state
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irregular/elevated heartbeat
  • Stomach pain
  • Yellowing of skin
  • Dark urine
  • Sore throat and other signs of infection

Allergic reactions to Acetazolamide are rare but seek medical help right away if you develop a rash, itching, swelling in the face, throat, or tongue, troubled breathing, or severe dizziness.

How to use Acetazolamide

Acetazolamide tablets are usually taken by mouth 1 to 4 times a day. Long-acting Acetazolamide capsules are usually taken up to twice daily. Swallow long-acting capsules as whole. Avoid breaking or chewing the capsules as these may interfere with the delayed-release mechanism of the medication --- increasing your risks of developing unwanted side effects.

You can take these altitude sickness tablets with or without food. Unless instructed by your GP to do otherwise, drink plenty of fluid right after.

For treating altitude sickness, start taking Acetazolamide one or two days before you climb or fly. Continue taking the medication two days after you’ve reached your final altitude. Climb down as soon as possible if you’ve developed severe altitude sickness.

Do not increase your dose or take Acetazolamide longer than prescribed. Doing so will increase your risks of developing side effects and it will not make your condition any better.

It is highly recommended to eat foods that are rich in potassium (e.g. bananas) as Acetazolamide may reduce the levels of potassium in your blood.

Where to buy Acetazolamide

Acetazolamide is an effective medication against altitude sickness. You can buy Acetazolamide from Express Pharmacy. Order today and we’ll get it delivered to your doorstep discreetly.

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Black Friday 30% OFF Women’s Health!

Posted Monday 23 November 2020 05:30 by in Express Pharmacy by Harman Bhamra

We’re celebrating Black Friday with our biggest set of offers yet! We’re offering you 30% off all Women’s Health products for a limited time only.

Use code WOMENS30 for 30% off, simply apply this discount code in the checkout!

How long does the offer last?

Our offer for 30% off Women’s Health products starts Monday 23rd November and ends Friday 27th November midnight.

What’s part of the offer?

As part of our Black Friday Women’s Health deals, you save 30% on:

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Black Friday 30% OFF Men’s Health!

Posted Monday 23 November 2020 05:00 by in Express Pharmacy by Harman Bhamra

We’re celebrating Black Friday with our biggest set of offers yet! We’re offering you 30% off all Men’s Health products for a limited time only.

Use code MENS30 for 30% off, simply apply this discount code in the checkout!

How long does the offer last?

Our offer for 30% off Men’s Health products starts Monday 23rd November and ends Friday 27th November midnight.

What’s part of the offer?

As part of our Black Friday Men’s Health deals, you save 30% on:

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Does Propecia Really Work for Hair Loss?

Posted Thursday 19 November 2020 10:00 by in Hair Loss by Harman Bhamra

There are many hair loss treatments available but one certainly outshines the rest - Propecia. Does Propecia really work for hair loss? You’ll find out in this article.

Hair loss is a common problem affecting men and women. But this condition is more common among men who experience noticeable balding in their mid-30s. Hair growth follows a natural three-phase cycle:

  • Anagen Phase - hair grows actively during this stage.
  • Catagen Phase - a transitional stage that lasts between 2 - 3 weeks.
  • Telogen Phase - a resting stage that lasts about 2 - 3 months. At the end of this phase, the old hair falls out and the cycle returns to the anagen phase.

Hair loss is usually affected by genes, hormones, stress, diet, injuries, cosmetic products, and other factors. Click here if you want to know more about the causes of hair loss.

Using Propecia to stop hair loss

There are many proven ways to stop hair loss. And taking a hair loss treatment called Propecia is one of them.

Propecia is a hair loss drug that contains the active ingredient finasteride. This treatment is used to address male pattern baldness on the vertex and anterior mid-scalp area.

Finasteride in Propecia is traditionally used to treat prostate enlargement. This drug, which is taken in smaller 1mg doses, works by decreasing the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Dihydrotestosterone is the main culprit behind balding, so obviously, the lower its concentration in your body, the less likely you are to suffer from hair loss.

Is Propecia effective?

Yes! When it was approved for use in 1997, Propecia became the first medicine in history to effectively treat balding in most of the men who used it.

“In one two year study, 83% of men taking Propecia maintained their hair at the top of their heads (vertex area), compared to 28% of men taking a placebo. In the same study, 17% of the men taking Propecia still experienced measurable hair loss, but 72% of the men taking the placebo also experienced additional hair loss. After the first two years, the results of the group taking Propecia continued to improve.”

You can read more about this study here.

Another study shows that “at one, two, and five years respectively showed hair loss at a rate of 58, 72, and 100% in groups of men receiving placebo, versus 14, 17, and 35% hair loss in men taking Propecia.”

Is Propecia safe to use?

While every person reacts to Propecia differently, Propecia is generally safe to use as long as you follow your doctor’s directions. Some of the side effects of Propecia include:

Risk of developing breast cancer in men (this is especially true if you are taking high doses of Propecia. The recommended dose for hair loss treatment is only 1mg.)

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Inability to ejaculate
  • Erection problems

These side-effects are very rare and are usually associated with taking high doses of Propecia.

Where can I buy Propecia?

You buy Propecia from Express Pharmacy. Order online today and we’ll get it delivered discreetly right at your doorstep.

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Learning From COVID-19: The Best Products for Safety and Hygiene

Posted Saturday 14 November 2020 10:00 by in Express Pharmacy by Harman Bhamra

By now it’s clear that Covid-19 is here to stay until we have developed a vaccine to completely eradicate it. The virus has infected millions across the globe but, as daunting as it may seem, we have to learn how to live safely with the virus circulating.

This guide will take you through the best safety and hygiene products that will contribute to keeping virus transmission rates as low as possible.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Covid-19

Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects the user against health and safety risks. There are several types of PPE available which include:

  • Protective aprons and overalls
  • Safety boots or shoes
  • Gloves
  • Goggles and safety glasses
  • Earpieces and earmuffs
  • Masks and respirators

In the case of Covid-19, commonly-used PPE are gloves, goggles, and masks.

Face coverings, masks and respirators

Covid-19 is primarily transmitted through tiny droplets produced when you cough or sneeze. Because of this, face coverings, masks, and respirators are important defences against the virus.

Face coverings

Your face covering can be single-use or reusable and must entirely cover the nose and mouth. In the UK, places, where face coverings are required, include:

  • Public transport
  • Private hire vehicles and taxis
  • Shops and supermarkets
  • Shopping centres
  • Bars, restaurants, cafes, and pubs (when not seated)
  • Theatres
  • Places of worship
  • Community centres, etc.

Some exceptions include:

  • Children below 11 years old
  • People who can’t wear a face-covering because of disability or illness
  • Where wearing a face covering will cause you severe distress

For more information about face coverings, consult this guide.

Masks and respirators

Surgical face masks and respirators are mainly intended for health care workers who are constantly exposed to the virus. However, they are a cheap alternative to cloth masks that can be bought in bulk for the public.

Click here for more details on face mask guidance.

Practising good hand hygiene

According to the World Health Organization, practising proper hand hygiene is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the virus. It is recommended to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, you can use instant hand sanitiser with at least 60% rubbing alcohol.

Practice proper coughing etiquette

Covid-19 is mainly spread through coughing and sneezing. To help prevent its spread, you are encouraged to follow proper coughing etiquette both at home and in public. Here’s what to do:

  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
  • Dispose of the used tissue in the bin as soon as possible
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow
  • Avoid sneezing or coughing in your hands

After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose, wash your hands immediately with soap and water. Once again, may use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.

Disinfecting your home

Be proactive in protecting your home against Covid-19. Use the following list to get started:

Soap – It is highly recommended that you clean surfaces with soap first to reduce the number of germs, impurities, and dirt on the surface.

Disinfectant – after cleaning with soap and water, disinfect surfaces with approved household disinfectant.

Goggles – goggles or safety glasses are highly recommended to protect your eyes from any splashes.

Things to remember when disinfecting your home

  • Always wear protection
  • Make sure there is enough ventilation
  • Don’t use more than the recommended amount on the label
  • Avoid mixing chemical products
  • Store hazardous chemicals away from pets and children

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