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  • “I’ve been coughing for three days now, I’d like to have the best cough mixture.”   This is a common request that I receive as a pharmacist. Naturally, when it comes to medications, we would like to have the best there is. So, does the best cough mixture or medication actually exist? Whenever I receive requests like these, I would maintain my usual composure and start gathering more information on…

  • Most of us are aware that the effectiveness or strength of a sunscreen product depends (partly) on its sun protection factor (SPF) value however, what does all the other information on the bottle mean? Lack of proper understanding of these symbols may lead to the selection of an inadequate sunscreen and possibly sunburns. Firstly, labeling requirements of sunscreen products vary depending on the country it is made and marketed in, so…

  • It can be really handy to have some common over-the-counter (OTC) medicines around especially when you are on holiday abroad. There is no one-size-fits-all list for a travel medicines kit, however, here are some pointers to help you organize a medicines kit for your next travel.   How is your personal health? Current medications: Are you on any long-term prescription medications (such as for high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, heart…

  •   Q: When do babies start teething? What are the symptoms? A: On average, children begin teething around 4 to 7 months. The common symptoms include mild irritability, fever, drooling, and an urge to chew. Q: What is the FDA warning about? A: FDA warns the use of teething gel contains Benzocaine. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic which may cause a life threatening condition called methemoglobinemia (reduce of oxygen carried…

  • The recent viral photo of Malaysia’s new prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir having a meal with his wife Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah, has sparked a local craze over Berocca™, causing it to be sold out in most major retail pharmacies. Netizens spotted and identified the supplement lying on the dining table in this photo to be Berocca (circled in red).   This sparked huge interest in Berocca probably because of…

  • Life was a lot less complicated back then when apple and blackberry were fruits. Life was also much simpler back in the days, when drinking milk meant…..drinking cow’s milk. Instead of having only cow’s milk, we now have so many different types of milk that I personally find it difficult to decide which one to drink! So I set myself the task to demystify one of the “most pressing” issues…