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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. 

8 MEDICATIONS FOR KIDS THAT WILL SAVE YOU A DRIVE TO KKH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

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Maybe you've got no clue what you can give your baby to avoid yet another drive to KKH in the middle of the night. Or maybe your toddler somehow ALWAYS contrives to fall sick on holiday, and you were wondering what medications to pack.

This is a follow up to our previous post about medications you shouldn't be giving your kids. Naturally, it left a lot of our readers scratching their heads, and wondering what the alternatives were.

Fret not, we've compiled the most comprehensive list of kid-safe medications available in Singapore. These medications have a long history of use, and are known amongst doctors to be very safe (I give them to my own kids).

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7 COMMONLY PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS IN SINGAPORE YOU SHOULDN'T BE GIVING YOUR KIDS

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Kids fall sick all the time. It's no surprise, given that they are exposed to the United Nations of Germs on a daily basis (AKA pre-school), even while their immunity is still developing.

This post covers some of the most commonly prescribed medications in Singapore that you should definitely think twice about before giving to children.

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17 MYTHS ABOUT GPS IN SINGAPORE

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GP, or general practitioner, is a term that's truly withstood the test of time in Singapore. All of you will see a GP at least once in your life, and some of you, perhaps rather more frequently for you know what reason.

There's a whole lot more to your friendly neighbourhood GP than meets the eye however. Here are 17 popular myths about GPs in Singapore to tickle your mind.

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THIS IS WHY I DON'T TAKE ANY SUPPLEMENTS

Walk into any retail pharmacy in Singapore, and you’re bound to notice rows upon rows of bottled supplements neatly arranged on shelves.

In 2015, Singaporeans spent almost S$6 million on supplements, and it's a growing figure showing no signs of letting up.

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WHY CAN'T YOU MIX STATINS WITH GRAPEFRUIT? 6 KEY FACTS ABOUT STATINS YOU MUST KNOW

We all know a friend or relative on statins. Statins entered the pharmaceutical market in force about 15 years ago.

They form a class of “lipid-lowering” medication, which means it lowers the amount of bad cholesterol in your body, preventing future heart disease in both people with risk factors and those without.

Although considered a “mainstream” medication that has been used safely for quite a long while, there are certain facts about statins that I want to share with you!

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5 HIDDEN SOURCES OF CAFFEINE (#2 WILL SURPRISE YOU!)

Didn’t have that many cups of coffee in the day but still buzzing? Can’t sleep at night? Feeling the jitters?

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3 SERVICES YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR PHARMACIST OFFERED IN SINGAPORE

Besides dispensing medication, pharmacists in Singapore are trained to provide a range of other services! I'm excited to share with you some which might benefit you, or someone you know.

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ARE YOU OVERDOSING YOUR CHILD? 5 MUST-KNOWS WHEN FEEDING JUNIOR MEDICATION

For all mothers and fathers out there, it’s no doubt distressing when your child falls ill. Your main concern might be to combat the illness, and then get him back to school (and out of your hair).

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ARE YOU PAYING TOO MUCH FOR YOUR MEDICATION?

Ever been baffled by why some medicines are always cheaper than others, and why some are charged based on the number of weeks, instead of number of tablets?

Or have you never got your head round all the goverment drug subsidy schemes in place, and how to make use of them? If so, this post is for you!

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5 THINGS YOUR PHARMACIST WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS

One of modern medicine's greatest discoveries, antibiotics have added an average of 20 years to each person's lifespan. They are also one of the most prescribed medications in Singapore.

Widespread misuse of antibiotics has been alarming, resulting in Singapore's development of a national antimicrobial resistance plan in 2016. For example, a study which involved 914 adult patients from 24 GP clinics across Singapore found that half of those expecting antibiotics would see another doctor if antibiotics were not prescribed.

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