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This Ask-a-Pharmacist section allows you to direct questions to a patient care pharmacist regarding your medications or any drug-related concerns or issues that may be of interest to you.

Note that our reply may reach you later if you are residing in a different time zone as Singapore. Please allow up to 3 working days for our reply.

If you need an advice immediately, please consult a Doctor or call our Pharmacist via our call centre 6355 3000.

While we will strive to answer as many questions as possible, we would like to seek your understanding that we are unable to answer all questions posted or questions which are not related to medicines. Please include as much details as possible. Accurate and complete information will help our Pharmacist provide the appropriate advice.  Rest assured that all personal information provided will be kept confidential by NHG Pharmacy.


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How to reduce belly fat
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There are currently no products which are safe and effective in reducing belly fat.  In general, successful weight loss involves healthy eating and exercise habits. Eating a balanced diet which is low in fat and sugar, and high in fibre, can help with weight loss. It is also important to ensure that you do not consume more calories than your body requires each day. Exercise also play an important role in weight loss as it helps to burn off the calories consumed. To lose weight, adults require at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week, such as swimming, cycling or jogging. For more detailed information on weight loss, you may wish to speak to a dietician or consult your doctor for advice.

Weight Loss
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Can albendazole be bought over the counter?
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Albendazole 400mg tablet and suspension are pharmacy-only medicines, and may be purchased without a prescription after a consultation with a pharmacist.

 

Drug Information
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I am allergic to paracetamol and guaifenesin and I have a problem swallowing tablets, could you recommend any liquid over the counter medication for treating my fever?
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You may consider taking Ibuprofen to help to lower your temperature. Ibuprofen belongs to a class of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and is used for the treatment of fever. However, if you have medical conditions such as asthma or stomach ulcer, it would be advisable for you to consult a doctor to seek medical advice. 

Ibuprofen comes in caplet form and suspension form. You may wish to pound the caplet or purchase the suspension form if you have difficulties with swallowing tablets.

This link provides a few type of Ibuprofen preparations that is available in NHG Pharmacy.

https://www.pharmacy.nhg.com.sg/mobile/productCatalogue/ProductSearchList.aspx?strProdName=Nurofen&iCat=&PFlag=False 

You may wish to read this article to find out more on other non-pharmacological advices that you can follow for your condition.

https://www.pharmacy.nhg.com.sg/mobile/page.aspx?id=290

Drug Information
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How much does it cost for a Prolia (Denosumab) injection?
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Prolia (Denosumab) injection is not available in NHG Pharmacy. You may wish to contact the hospital or retail pharmacies to enquire on its availability and cost.

Women's Health
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Just like to know whether new Flu vaccine for the season going forward is already available for vaccination at Clementi Polyclinic.
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The vaccine is available in Clementi Polyclinic.

You may wish to contact us at 63553000 to make an appointment or to find out more.

Others
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I am enquiring if your pharmacy has Bonacal D3 500mg. This is a calcium supplement.

If you do not have it, do you have one which is equivalent to Bonacal D3 500mg.
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Bonacal D3 is not available in NHG Pharmacy. You may wish to contact the hospital or retail pharmacies to enquire on its availability.

Each Bonacal D3 tablet contains 500mg Calcium with 400 or 800 units of Vitamin D3. NHG Pharmacy stocks a variety of Calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements. You may wish to consult a pharmacist at any NHG Pharmacy branch or on 6355 3000, to find out which product is equivalent to your current formulation.

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Do you have Voltaren 2.32%?
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Voltaren 2.32% is not available in Singapore. If you are having some medical problems at the moment, I would advise you to consult a doctor for medical assessment and treatment.

Do note that Voltaren 1% (Diclofenac) gel is available for purchase in NHG Pharmacy.

Drug Information
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My mum’s medicine has expired. Can we buy Glyceryl Trinitrate Tablets directly from the pharmacy without prescription ?
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Glyceryl Trinitrate tablet is a pharmacy-only medicine and may be purchased without a prescription after a consultation with a pharmacist.

Others
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What eyedrops/treatment would be recommended for a sty?
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Sty usually goes away on its own without requiring any treatment. However, if the sty is very painful and doesn’t start to get better after two to three days, please consult a doctor instead.

In the meantime until the sty goes away on its own, you may try the following tips.

  1. Do not try to pop or squeeze the sty. Doing so may cause the infection to spread.
  2. Gently clean the affected eyelid with mild soap and water.
  3. Place a warm washcloth over your closed affected eye for 5 to 10 minutes, taking note to re-wet the washcloth when it is no longer warm. This may help the sty to clear on its own.
  4. Keep your eyes clean by not wearing eye makeup or contact lenses, until the sty has healed.
Common Ailments
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Regarding Abilify for treatment of people with Bipolar 2. What is the typical success rate like? Is the drug useful?
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Selecting medication for the management of Bipolar Disorder is highly personalized and usually based on individual response. As I am not aware of the patient’s medical history or long term medicines, I would not be able to provide advice on the effectiveness of this medication. Please consult your doctor for more advice.

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