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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. 

Dr Ng Beng Yeong
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Hydroxyzine is used to treat itching caused by allergies. It is an antihistamine and works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Hydroxyzine is used for the short-term treatment of nervousness and tension that may oc...
15 Jan 2020
Dr Paul Ang
"Family Physician with special interest in Mental Health"
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It really depends on a lot of factors: What is the purpose of the antibiotics? If it is meant for life-saving purposes like in a hospital, missing a dose of intravenous antibiotics could mean a death sentence for the patient. Otherwise, if it is for sinusitis or urinary t...
13 Jan 2020
Dr Ng Beng Yeong
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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in many countries in the world. They can ease symptoms of moderate to severe depression, are relatively safe and typically cause fewer side effects than other types of antidepressants. T...
12 Jan 2020
Oral isotretinoin is a very effective treatment for acne. However, one of the common side effects of isotretinoin is that it causes the lips and skin to become very dry. This makes the skin more dry and sensitive. Individuals with eczema and psoriasis can consider taking isotreti...
8 Jan 2020
Dr Ng Beng Yeong
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Managing Cymbalta's side effects Cymbalta (Duloxetine) belongs to the family of drugs called SNRI (Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). It is used to treat depressive disorders, various types of anxiety disorders, chronic pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-t...
26 Dec 2019
Dupixent is the latest treatment and first biologic treatment approved for the treatment of atopic eczema. It targets interleukin 4 and 13, which are key cytokines in the immune pathway that causes atopic eczema. It is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe atopic ecze...
10 Dec 2019
Dr Terence Goh
"Plastic Surgeon at AZATACA Plastic Surgery"
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Ensure that you are optimised for surgery by making sure that you are not taking medications or supplements that can lead to excessive bleeding or bruising . Please disclose all the medications and supplements that you take with your surgeon during your pre-operative consultation. ...
27 Nov 2019
Dr Quan Wai Leong
"A specialist in Digestive Health and Advanced Endoscopy"
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Omezole, otherwise known as omeprazole, belongs to a class of medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors. As the name implies, it inhibits the proton or acid pump, thereby reducing the gastric acid production and hopefully any pain related to acid overproduction. Dhacopan, on t...
21 Nov 2019
Dr Chin Yee Choong
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To answer your question, yes, you may. In fact, topical acne medications that you have listed (benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid) have no interactions with your anti-depressant therapy. With that said, it is also not associated with aggravating depression. On the other hand, if...
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
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