Codeine Addiction: Signs And Symptoms
Found in over-the-counter cough mixtures, codeine is a substance known for its pain relieving properties while also assisting in suppressing any persistent coughing. It’s a product most families have in their homes in the form of a simple cough syrup, but has now become the new recreational drug of choice for several youngsters across South Africa. Due to it being relatively cheap, and the fact that several high-profile celebrities endorse the use of codeine-laced drinks, the popularity of the drug has skyrocketed in recent years. Users often view the use of an over-the-counter cough syrup as harmless, but they couldn’t be…
Visit your nearest Local Choice Pharmacy for a free blood pressure test on 17 May 2018
May 17 is World Hypertension Day. Plainly put, hypertension is high blood pressure – the “silent killer”. While it’s quite normal to have increased blood pressure for a short time in response to certain situations, like intense exercise or acute stress, long-term hypertension can lead to serious health complications and result in a medical emergency. It’s known as the “silent killer” because hypertension is usually associated with no or few symptoms and the cause is often unknown. In other words, your heart, kidneys, eyes and circulation, for example, could suffer damage due to high blood pressure while you feel relatively healthy…
Frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine.
Seasonal changes are upon us, and so is flu season … for everyone! Let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions patients have. What is the flu vaccine? This vaccine helps to protect you or your child against influenza (flu), particularly in people who run a high risk of associated complications. When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system (the body's natural defence system) will produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease. None of the ingredients in the vaccine can cause flu. Flu is a viral infection that can spread rapidly and is caused by different…