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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. 

There must be a specific reason your child was prescribed prednisone for the cough so it’s not possible to discuss alternatives without knowing the diagnosis and best discussed with the doctor who saw your child . One reason could be for Croup.
18 Jul 2019
Birth control pills are generally pretty affordable, with several brands available in Singapore. The cost of birth control pills may vary depending on the brand of pills that you are looking for. Generic brands can cost as cheap as less than $10 per box , while the more popul...
15 Jul 2019
Hi, It is important to distinguish between Retinol (commercially available) and Retinoic acid (prescription medication e.g. retin-A). Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A . It's found in many skin care treatments and beauty products. Upon application, enzymes within the...
12 Jul 2019
Thank you for your enquiry. A common cold is caused by a virus and the symptoms that you've just described, "sore throat, fever, cough, runny nose and muscle ache", are very suggestive of a cold. However, in the early stages, bacterial sinusitis can also present in a similar fash...
10 Jul 2019
In my experience, dairy is the number one thing that people should avoid during their recovery from traveller’s diarrhoea (or infection of any form relating to the gut). Taking dairy often results in persistent diarrhoea because the enzyme breaking down lactose (the sugar f...
7 Jul 2019
Any injury to the body, including surgery, induces a healing response. And this healing response inevitably includes inflammation. Bear in mind, inflammation is not the same as infection, as many people may mistakenly believe. Inflammation is a series of changes in the body that includes dilation o...
26 Jun 2019
Chlorpheniramine is a first generation antihistamine. It is actually a very effective and potent medication that had been proven to be very safe over the years. The main issue with chlorpheniramine is that it requires an 8 hourly dosing, and it can cause significant drowsiness, t...
25 Jun 2019
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You are quite right that antidepressants tend to cause weight gain. The reason for doing so is not completely understood, but doctors think that it could be related to the better mood of the patient on these medications. When the patients feel better and get well, they eat better...
14 Jun 2019
There are 5 groups of laxatives: osmotic laxatives bulk-forming laxatives stimulating laxatives stool softeners and rectal suppositories Common side effects of laxatives include: bloating skin rash cramping diarrhea nausea thirst ...
14 Jun 2019
Yes, no worries, Yasmin can be used safely to delay your menses from coming and ruining your holiday. As Yasmin has 21 tablets in the packet, what you need to do is to finish off the last tablet and then skip the 7 day pill-free period and start the next Yasmin packet the next day w...
24 May 2019
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