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Apr 2015
Can the same painkiller be used for different conditions and how do they work in the body?

Yes, the same painkiller can be used for different conditions but what we find is that they are marketed differently for the various age groups and types of pain.

Take ibuprofen for example. There are numerous over the counter versions that are in different packaging. e.g. some ibuprofen preparations are geared towards women with period pain while others are marketed for sore joints or a headache. Obviously the manufacturers advertise in completely different magazines and advertising mediums but when you swallow the tablet or capsule it dissolves in the stomach and is absorbed into the blood stream via the small intestine. When it's in the bloodstream, then it acts on the pain. Some preparations may be long acting and dissolve slowly over time while others may be in liquid form and work faster.

We do find however that some headache medicines work better in different individuals. Why does one preparation work for one person and not another?

Could it be partly the placebo effect? Psychologically, the person has great faith in one preparation and yet it has the same ingredient as another which has little effect. These are differences that scientists have difficulty understanding.

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FLU VACCINATION INFORMATION

This year GGHB is running the flu vaccination service.

If you are over 65, then please wait for your letter from the NHS. That will give you the date, time and venue . (Younger patients e.g. 65 year olds are being vaccinatedfirst) It’s also important to point out that the over 65 vaccine is different from the one given to the under 65’s and also different from the one that may be available on a private basis. The under 65’s at risk e.g. asthmatics those with diabetes etc willeither be done at their GP practice or again at a hub.

If you are under 65 and a carer please contact the pharmacy on 0141 633 3868 or admin@newlifepharmacy.co.uk where you can book in for a vaccine. Unfortunately our private service is at capacity just now and we have a waiting list

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