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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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Do NHG Polyclinics carry Duromine?
A

Duromine (Phentermine) is not available in NHG Pharmacy. You may wish to contact the hospital or retail pharmacies to enquire on its availability.

Do note that a prescription is required for the purchase of this medication.

Weight Loss
Q
I would like to enquire whether Principle Nutrition Triple-Strength Glucosamine 1500mg + Chondroitin 1200mg + MSM 500mg supplement contains animal products & if yes, what are they?

Are there alternatives which is suitable for vegan diet?
A

Principle Nutrition Triple-Strength Glucosamine 1500mg + Chondroitin 1200mg + MSM 500mg contains shellfish ingredients.

NHG Pharmacy does not keep any vegan products with the same ingredients as this product. Alternatively, you may consider the following supplements which are suitable for vegetarians.

Some of these supplements do not state the full list of ingredients on the product packaging, thus we are unable to determine if these vegetarian products are also vegan. Do let us know which vegetarian product you are interested in, so that we can enquire with the manufacturer.

 

Supplement

Contents Per Tablet

Remarks

VitaHealth

Arthrozan VG Vegetarian Glucosamine

  • 750mg Glucosamine
  • 100% made from corn
  • Contains no salt and preservatives
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

VitaHealth

Vegetarian Glucosamine MSM + Curcumin

  • 375mg Glucosamine
  • 50mg Methylsulfonlymethane
  • (MSM)
  • 25mg Curcumin
  • Contains no preservatives
  • Made of corn
  • Suitable for vegetarians

 

 

21st Century

Vegesamine

  • 500mg Glucosamine

 

  • Contains no sugar, starch, salt, artificial flavours, preservatives or Animal/Shellfish by-products
  • Halal and Kosher certified
  • Suitable for vegetarians

 

Ocean Health

Vegetarian Glucosamine Sulphate

  • 1500mg Glucosamine

 

  • Glucosamine sulphate from corn
  • Contains no added sugar, milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, gluten, artificial flavours or preservatives
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Ocean Health

Vegetarian Glucosamine 750mg +

  • 750mg Glucosamine
  • 75mg Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)                    
  • 50mg Calcium
  • 1mg Zinc
  • 50mg  Turmeric root extract (95% Curcumin)           
  • Glucosamine sulphate from corn
  • Contains no added sugar, milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, gluten, gelatin, artificial flavours or preservatives
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Rebound

Vegetarian Glucosamine 1500mg

  • 1500mg Glucosamine

 

  • Glucosamine sulfate from corn
  • Sodium free
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Halal
Vitamins/Herbal Supplements
Q
If I suspect I may be pregnant , can I buy folic acid off the counter at your pharmacy and should I start taking it?
A

Folic acid is recommended to be taken in women planning to become pregnant, that is, before pregnancy. Women should start taking folic acid as soon as they discover that they are pregnant, and continue for the first trimester.

You may purchase folic acid 5mg tablets at any of our retail pharmacies or buy online here.

Do see a doctor if you suspect yourself to be pregnant. The gynecologist can advise on the nutrition required as the pregnancy progresses.

You may also wish to refer to the website here to find out more about nutrition required during pregnancy.

Women's Health
Q
Do you sell Zinnat 500Mg BD antibiotic?
I need to purchase for my mother who was recently diagnosed with liver abscess. As she is already above 75, is she able to enjoy subsidised rate?
A

Zinnat (Cefuroxime) 500mg tablets are not available in NHG Pharmacy. You may wish to contact the hospital pharmacies to enquire on its availability:

·         National University Hospital  (NUH)

o   Contact Number:

§  Main Line: (65) 6779 5555 (24-hr)

§  Pharmacy: (65) 6772 5181 / 5182 / 5184

o   Fax: (65) 6779 5678

o   Email: NUH_Enquiries@nuhs.edu.sg

o   Website: https://www.nuh.com.sg/index.html

·         Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)

o   Contact Numbers:

§  Main Line: (65) 6256 6011 (24-hr)

§  Pharmacy: (65) 6357 2040 / 2044

o   Fax: (65) 6252 7282

o   Email: contact@ttsh.com.sg

o   Website: https://www.ttsh.com.sg/

·         Singapore General Hospital (SGH)

o   Contact Number:

§  Main Line: (65) 6222 3322 (24-hr)

§  Pharmacy: (65) 6321 4366

o   Fax: (65) 6224 9221

o   On Line Enquiry Form: https://www.sgh.com.sg/OnlineSurvey/Pages/service-quality-feedback-form.aspx

o   Website: https://www.ttsh.com.sg/

Do note that a prescription is required for the purchase of this medication.

Drug Information
Q
Is caltrate bone & muscle health suitable for breastfeeding mother?
A

It is safe for breastfeeding mothers to take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Do take note that the Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D intake for breastfeeding women is 1000mg of Calcium and 400 units of vitamin D.

Each tablet of Caltrate bone and muscle health supplement contains 600mg of elemental calcium and 500IU of vitamin D As the vitamin D content is slightly higher than the recommended amount by HPB, you may like to consider other Calcium and Vitamin D supplements which fall within the limits.  Do take into account any supplements which contain calcium and vitamin D that you might already be taking. You may also like to check with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

Vitamins/Herbal Supplements
Q
Is Tanatril 5mg available in any of the polyclinics?
A

This medication is not available in NHG Pharmacy. You may wish to contact the hospital or retail pharmacies to enquire on its availability.

Drug Information
Q
Do you carry Patanol eye drops and Kefentech plaster?
A

Patanol eye drop is not available in NHG Pharmacy, you may wish to contact the hospital or retail pharmacists to enquire on its availability. Do note that a prescription is required for the purchase of this medicine.

Kefentech plaster is available in NHG Pharmacy and may be purchased without a prescription after a consultation with a pharmacist. 

Common Ailments
Q
Dr told me to consume oats for cholesterol management. Which product would you recommended?
A

Oats contains soluble fiber which helps to bring down low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol). Soluble fiber is also found in food like barley, apples, pears, kidney beans and prunes. You may wish to replace your breakfast with a bowl of oatmeal, alternatively, you may choose to add in oat to dishes at other meals.

NHG Pharmacy carries a variety of oat and cereal, you may wish to visit our webpage to find out more about the oat products available.

You can also take plain oats (rolled oats, instant oatmeal) that are available at the supermarket.

Do read the ingredients on the packaging and avoid products with sugar added.  

Vitamins/Herbal Supplements
Q
Can I buy Narcaricin Mite from NGH Pharmacy?
A

Narcaricin Mite (benzbromarone) is not available in NHG Pharmacy.

You may wish to contact the hospital or retail pharmacies to enquire on its availability.

Do note that a prescription is required for the purchase of this medicine. 

Drug Information
Q
I would like to get motion sickness pills for myself and my children age 3 to 12.
Any recommendations?
A

Medicines such as dimenhydrinate, cinnarizine and promethazine may be used in the treatment of motion sickness. These medicines may be purchased after a consultation with a pharmacist.

Medicines such as prochloperazine and metoclopramide may be used to help relieve nausea and vomiting. A prescription will be required for the purchase of these medicines.

As I am not aware of your medical history or any long term medicines that you may be taking, I would not be able to recommend a specific medicine for you. Please consult a pharmacist/doctor for more advice.

Do note that motion sickness medicines should be taken before the journey to prevent the symptoms from occurring. You may also refer to our webpage here to find out more about ways to prevent motion sickness. 

Vitamins/Herbal Supplements
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