Category Archives: Medication

Slow initiation of warfarin protocol.

We’re all familiar with the usual 5mg warfarin initiation protocol (and many of us have distant memories of the 10-10-5 regimes started in hospital, or at least that’s what was being done when I was a junior doctor, back in … Continue reading

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Migraine in pregnancy

The good news is that pre-existing migraine often gets better in pregnancy, especially migraine without aura and premenstrual migraine. However, it’s important to know a) how to treat it when it occurs and b) how to avoid confusing more dangerous … Continue reading

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Steroids for sore throats

An update on this problem: a systematic review and meta-analysis in the BMJ. This found that there is, in fact, moderate quality evidence that a one-off dose of steroid can improve pain in sore throat. Not the speed with which … Continue reading

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Antiplatelet therapy with anticoagulation therapy?

A BMJ article addressing an important and common question; in patients who have an indication for antiplatelet therapy plus an indication for anticoagulant therapy, should we give both or just one? In most cases, we should just give the anticoagulant, … Continue reading

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Bits and bobs from the BMJ of 9th September: A systematic review in PLoS Medicine found gabapentin and pregabalin to be not particularly helpful with chronic low back pain; any benefits from them were outweighed by the risk of side-effects … Continue reading

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COPD algorithm

This is our practice algorithm for COPD treatment: Treat intermittent symptoms with a SABA. If more severe, differentiate between low-risk and high-risk patients. Low-risk patients are those with: FEV1 >50% <2 exacerbations/yr For low-risk patients: First-line treatment: LAMA If symptoms … Continue reading

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Refractory opioid-induced constipation

As anyone with even a smattering of palliative care knowledge should be aware, opiates typically cause constipation and a laxative should typically be co-prescribed. This week’s BMJ has a useful tip on what to do about opioid-induced constipation that is … Continue reading

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