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Safe ways to whiten teeth

Every day, your teeth endure a multitude of substances thrown their way and we can often carry ourselves through the day without giving a single thought to the repercussions of our oral habits. Nevertheless, in the appearance-driven society that we live in, the yellowing of teeth is one complication of oral hygiene that is often undesired. To understand how to prevent and reverse the effects of yellowing teeth, we must firstly acknowledge the causes of this complication. Our teeth are covered in a layer of enamel; beneath this enamel is a deep yellow-brown material called dentin. If the enamel is... read more »

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SAD: The facts behind Winter Depression

“The Winter Blues" is a widely used term which crops up every year starting as early as September and persisting into the winter months. Nevertheless, there is real substance behind this universal phenomenon for some and it comes in the form of a strangely appropriate abbreviation, SAD; this, of course, stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a type of depression that manifests at a particular season/time of year. In most cases, the season in question tends to be winter, but it can often present in summer time and other times of the year as well. It is important to highlight... read more »

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How To Avoid The Cold & Flu Bug This December

Winter is coming and while some of us are anticipating a white Christmas, we are all hoping to avoid the cold and flu bug this December. It is well known fact that these common illnesses are often more prevalent throughout the winter months, but why exactly is this the case? Research suggests that it may simply be due to cold weather forcing us indoors, where we are closer together and the dry and unventilated air makes it easier for viruses to spread. Recent studies have also shown that the body’s defensive system doesn’t work as well in cooler temperatures. A... read more »

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Stoptober – Helping You to Quit

Studies show that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Great Britain with almost 80,000 deaths attributed to the habit in 2013 alone. The most provoking word in this statistic is ‘preventable’. Many of these deaths could have been avoided with some better decisions and healthier choices. Therefore if you are a smoker, perhaps it is time to put down the cigarette and take steps towards a healthier lifestyle. With the legions of benefits it’ll bring, there will be no looking back. Benefits of quitting smoking Often the most immediate and refreshing effect of quitting is the vast improvement to... read more »

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Stoptober 2015

It's Stoptober 2015 and with help from PharmacyDirectGB, you can quit smoking for a healthier lifestyle. There are many products available over the counter such as patches and chewing gum however, if you have attempted to quit smoking before and found that these didn't help, they may not be treatment for you. If this is the case, our doctors can prescribe a medication called Champix. Champix works by reducing the desire to smoke and reducing the withdrawal symptoms, increasing your likelihood of quitting by 50%. Champix is normally taken for 12 weeks, starting with a single 0.5mg tablet taken once a day for... read more »

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Can I buy antibiotics without a prescription?

The short answer is no. Most antibiotics are prescription only and only prescribed for specific infections. This is because misuse and overuse of certain antibiotics has caused some bacteria to begin to build up a resistance to them. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an example of a bacteria that has developed a resistance to many of the common antibiotics, such as penicillin. PharmacyDirectGB do however offer an online consultation service for cystitis. Cystitis is an acute urinary tract infection which is normally treated with Trimethoprim 200mg twice a day for one week. It is unusual that this does not treat the problem immediately... read more »

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Generic Orlistat Sale – Lowest Ever Price!

PharmacyDirectGB are pleased to offer generic orlistat at a new low price! Orlistat is the name of the chemical in Xenical, the UK’s only weight loss medication available on prescription. Generic orlistat has been available for some time until now however, there has been no discernible difference in price. Although this version of the medication is cheaper than the original, it is exactly the same drug in exactly the same dose. Orlistat is taken 3 times a day with a meal and works by preventing your body from absorbing as much fat as it usually would. This action, combined with diet and exercise,... read more »

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What is the Best Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction?

What is Erectile Dysfunction? Erectile Dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Erectile Dysfunction is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It's estimated that half of all men between 40 and 70 years of age will experience ED at least once. Erectile Dysfunction isn't the same for all men. Some men aren't able to get an erection at all. Others can get an erection, but it's not hard enough for sex, or the erection is lost either before or during sex. Most men with Erectile Dysfunction can... read more »

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Tackling the Symptoms of an Overactive Bladder

Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a very common problem that is thought to affect about three million people in the UK.  The main symptoms include: an urgent need to go to the toilet; more frequent visits to the toilet; and embarrassing leaking or wetting incidents, also known as urinary incontinence. Anyone can experience OAB, although it is more common in older people. The condition affects more women than men, and it is thought to occur in one in five women who are over 40 years of age. How the bladder works The bladder is a stretchy muscular bag that collects and stores urine. The... read more »

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Hingley Pharmacy Celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary (1964-2014)

MEJ Hingley & Co Ltd was formed in the 1960s by the present Managing Director Michael Hingley and his wife Sheila. The aim was then, and now, to provide the highest possible standards of service and an excellent local community pharmacy service. Today Hingley Pharmacy operates eleven busy community pharmacy stores throughout the West Midlands, as well as a drugstore and an online pharmacy (PharmacyDirectGB). The business is very much a family concern, with Michael and Sheila’s daughters Jane and Claire both taking an active part in the company. The Dawning of a New Era Michael and Sheila opened their first chemist’s shop on... read more »

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Top Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol is often referred to as a "silent killer" because in most cases there are no obvious signs or symptoms of the condition. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease including: · narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) · heart attack · stroke · mini-stroke (TIA) Around 60% of adults in the UK have high cholesterol and it's a condition which becomes more prevalent as we get older. It's also more common amongst smokers and people who are overweight or obese. If you are worried about high cholesterol, speak to your doctor and ask for a test. People over 40 should have their... read more »

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Obesity Epidemic

A quarter of adults in England are obese. This is an increase of 10% compared to 20 years ago. Obesity is classed as having a BMI over 30 and has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthrits, sleep apnea, gallstones and reproductive problems in women. The NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has described the current trend as 'a slow-motion car crash in terms of avoidable illness and rising health costs.' In America, the average male waistline is 40 inches and the average female waistline is 36.5 inches. The average... read more »

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Stoptober 2014

Stoptober is nearly upon us and PharmacyDirectGB is challenging all smokers to give up… permanently! There are many products available to help you give up smoking from nicotine gum and patches to electronic cigarettes. However, few people know that there is a medication available on prescription to help you quit. Stop Smoking with Champix Champix is a medication which helps to relieve the craving and withdrawal symptoms that come with giving up. Champix can even reduce your enjoyment of cigarettes should you lapse during treatment! Champix is available in 0.5mg and 1mg strengths and the standard treatment plan will last 12 weeks. Patients will... read more »

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Hayfever Suffering on the Increase

Hayfever, an allergy to pollen, is one of the most common allergies and the number of sufferers is only increasing. Many products are available, ranging from tablets available in any supermarket to eyedrops that can only be obtained on prescription. As more research is conducted, immunotherapy (also known as desensitisation or hypo-sensitisation) is becoming a more and more popular treatment option. This is because immunotherapy doesn't just tackle the symptoms of the allergy but also the root cause. Immunotherapy involves slowly introducing the allergen to a patient in increasing doses until the immune system no longer reacts. Grazax, a tablet only available... read more »

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New Treatment Reverses Baldness

An experiment with Ruxolitinib, a drug approved for use in bone marrow conditions, has completely reversed hair loss in three people with alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is believed to be an autoimmune condition where the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles and affects around 1 in every 500 people in the UK. There are very few treatments currently available to sufferers but if testing continues to achieve positive results, this could be a big step forward in the standard of care sufferers receive. Alopecia areata is not to be confused with the more common androgenic alopecia or 'male pattern baldness'.... read more »

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