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  • In my years practising as a pharmacist, one of the most common question I get from patients, friends and relatives is:  “Do medications for diabetes cause kidney failure?” It seems that the public has a misconception on medication for diabetes and to clear up this misunderstanding, we first need to understand what exactly diabetes is.   Diabetes and its complications Diabetes is a disease where the sugar level in one’s…

  • While waiting for my flight to take off, I noticed an obese gentleman painstakingly passing through the aisle and sat right next to me. As my nose is sensitive to dust and smoke, I immediately noticed a strong scent of tobacco smoke from my newfound neighbour’s clothes.   Nevertheless, I offered him a smile of courtesy and observed that he was out of breath while frantically ransacking his bag for…

  • “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…