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Medication & Prescriptions

Medicine in Singapore is classified as prescription-only medication, pharmacy-only medication, or over-the-counter medication.

Overview

There are 3 classes of medicinein Singapore:

  1. prescription-only medication (POM): requires a prescription from a doctor
  2. pharmacy-only medication (P): may only be sold by qualified pharmacists
  3. general sales or over-the-counter medication (GSL)

Prescriptions for medications

To get a prescription for your medication, it’s easiest to go to a private or government medical clinic plus pharmacy. 

To answer your question, yes, you may. In fact, topical acne medications that you have listed have no interactions with your anti-depressant therapy. With that said, it is also not associated with aggravating depression. On the other hand, if your acne is severe and oral isotreti...
14 Nov 2019
Minazol is a topical powder that contains the active ingredient miconazole. Miconazole is an antifungal medication. Thus, it is effective in treating ringworm or fungal infection. Gentrisone cream contains a topical steroid betamethasone dipropionate, a topical antibacterial ag...
13 Nov 2019
Spironolactone (Aldactone) costs about S$1.00 or more per tablet. Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low. In fact, it is primarily used to treat: ...
6 Nov 2019
Dr Christopher Ng
"More than 20 years of obstetrics and gynaecology experience"
Smoking and consuming oral contraceptive pills increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is especially so if you are obese, above the age of 35 years old and are a heavy smoker. If all these 3 categories apply to you then oral contraceptives or, for that mat...
15 Oct 2019
Dr Ng Beng Yeong
"Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience"
(9 Reviews)
Insomnia can include difficulty in initiation of sleep, maintenance of sleep and early morning awakening. Some patients also experience unrefreshing sleep. If insomnia occurs as a result of taking psychiatric medications, the following steps can be tried: To try taking medicat...
14 Oct 2019
Dr Ng Beng Yeong
"Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience"
(9 Reviews)
One of the relatively rare side effects of venlafaxine is that it may cause bruising or bleeding . It can reduce the function of blood platelets leading to an increased risk of bruising or bleeding. Therefore, your doctor may wish to do blood tests, particularly if you have bee...
13 Oct 2019
Dr Ng Beng Yeong
"Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience"
(9 Reviews)
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) refer to medications that are originally developed to act as antidepressants ; they treat depression by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters that carry signals between brain nerve cell...
11 Oct 2019
Dr Christopher Ng
"More than 20 years of obstetrics and gynaecology experience"
The older emergency contraception called Prostinor has to be consumed within 3 days of unprotected intercourse for it to be effective. It involves taking 2 tablets (1 tablet each time), 12 hours apart for it to work. Some women may experience nausea and vomiting since the hormon...
9 Oct 2019
Both doxycycline and minocycline are oral types of antibiotics. They act on the P. acne bacteria that cause inflammatory acne. They also do have anti-inflammation properties and are helpful in reducing the inflamed papules and cysts of acne . Tretinoin is a vitamin D analogu...
8 Oct 2019
Oral antifungal agents are effective for the treatment of fungal infections. They are generally a safe treatment option, but the drugs should be used with caution in certain situations. Itraconazole It should not be taken if a person has heart failure as it can ex...
8 Oct 2019
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