Patient Information

 

 

Hormone replacement therapy and risk of breast cancer – August 2019

The MHRA have issued an HRT-patient-sheet-3008 to assist healthcare professionals when discussing new information about breast cancer risk with women using or who are considering using HRT.

 

Preparations for dry skin (emollients) and other skin preparations

People who use preparations to treat dry and itchy skin conditions are being warned that these products can build up in fabrics and cause them to catch fire more easily.

Emollients are moisturising treatments applied directly to the skin to soothe and hydrate it. They cover the skin with a protective film to trap in moisture. Emollients are important treatments, widely used to help manage dry, itchy or scaly skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

People who use emollients need to be aware that fabrics which have come into contact with an emollient can be highly flammable, even after washing.  The risk is greater when emollients are applied to large areas of the body.

Read the patient information leaflet supplied with the product. If you have any questions or concerns, speak your pharmacist, nurse or GP.

As some local people have died after using products for dry skin and going near cigarettes, cookers or other types of naked flame, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has produced a short presentation. Please read it and tell your family and friends.

 

Watch Commander, Chris Bell, has also highlighted the risks on his Twitter account @WYFRSChrisBell. Please retweet. There is also information on the Fire Service’s website.

 

BBC News Health has also highlighted the dangers of using products for dry skin whilst smoking or using naked flames.

We have an  Updated poster Sept 2019 v1 which can be used by health professionals.

 

 

Valproate

Information for girls and women taking any medicines containing valproate by searching valproic acid here.

If you have questions or concerns about the risks associated with valproate and pregnancy, please speak to your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.

NHS Choices has a page about it too.

You can also contact a patient support network such as:

Bipolar UK – 0333 323 3880

Epilepsy Action – 0808 800 5050

Epilepsy Society – 01494 601 400

Mind – 0300 123 3393

If you are taking valproate and think you might be pregnant or know you are pregnant, contact your doctor at once so that you can talk through your options.

If you have experienced any side effects to this medicine you can report these using the Yellow Card Scheme.

If you or your child has been affected by valproate medicines, you can also contact a support network such as:

OACS – 07904 200364

INFACT/FACSA – 01253 799161

 

 

Self-Care

Small steps to a healthier you:

  • Get active; advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, it’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs!
  • Eat well. We all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
  • Make positive changes! Take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and get active! Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking services.
  • Rest. A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours a night!
  • Stop! These days we lead such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop. Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.

Can your pharmacist help with your symptoms? Poster

 

Lungs

Managing asthma in children –  information for parents, carers and family members

Managing asthma in children – Patient Information Leaflet

Right Breathe

The Right Breathe website contains details of all the inhalers and spacers available for asthma and COPD.

 

 

Mental Health

We know that some medicines are associated with an increase in saliva (spit). Here are some tips for helping to deal with this handy factsheet hypersalivation

Some people who are prescribed a medicine called melatonin MR or Circadin® are told to crush the tablets. Here is an information sheet on how to crush the tablets Advice on crushing Circadin tablets

For more information on mental health conditions, treatments and medications, please click on the link to the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Pharmacy Service Website

 

 

Generic and biosimilar medicines

EMA and the European Commission have developed information materials on biosimilar medicines to improve understanding of these medicines in the EU.

An animated video for patients explains key facts on biosimilar medicines and how EMA works to ensure that they are as safe and effective as their reference biological medicines.

An information guide for patients published by the European Commission explains in a clear, unbiased way what biosimilar medicines are, how they are developed and approved in the EU and what patients can expect in terms of availability and safety

 

What do we mean by ‘generic medicine’ and ‘biosimilar medicine’?

When a new medicine becomes available for the first time it is given a brand name (also called trade name or proprietary name). This name and the product are protected by a patent. This is a legal arrangement which prevents other manufacturers from making or selling the same medicine for a number of years. Once the patent has come to an end, other manufacturers can make a similar product, called a generic.

For more information click the link

 

Useful links

Before you use the links below, please make sure you have read our disclaimer.

 

Patient information

NHS Choices

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Department of Health

Yellow card to report side effects from medicines or defective medicines

electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) for patient information leaflets about medicines

Words and abbreviations often used in prescribing and healthcare

Information on commonly prescribed medicines

MedicineWise app: manage medicines on your smartphone. An app from Australia to help with medicine taking.

Medical cannabis (and cannabis oils)

Advice on how to decide if a medical app is right for you can be found here.