Patient Corner

Latest drug updates

  • 18 Dec 2017 - Drug Updates

Inadvertent switching between brands of tacrolimus associated with reports of toxicity and graft rejection

Ensure careful supervision and therapeutic monitoring while switching patient to different brand of tacrolimus products.

  • 18 Dec 2017 - Drug Updates

Quinine: Dose-dependent effects on QT interval and drug interactions

Monitor patients closely if administering quinine with anticonvulsants.

  • 15 Dec 2017 - Drug Updates

Reports of some batches of gentamicin sulphate active pharmaceutical ingredient containing higher than expected histamine levels

Monitor patients closely for potential adverse reactions associated with increased levels of histamine.

  • 15 Dec 2017 - Drug Updates

Patient-related factors and 3 risk-based categories should be considered while prescribing antiepileptic drugs

Core advice from 2013 remains effective while switching between different manufacturers’ products of an oral antiepileptic drug.

  • 8 Nov 2017 - Drug Updates

Gabapentin (Neurontin): Risk of developing respiratory depression without concomitant use of opioids

Advise patients on gabapentin to seek medical help if they experience any trouble breathing or are taking shallow breaths.

  • 8 Nov 2017 - Drug Updates

Do not use Solu-Medrone 40 mg in patients with a known or suspected allergy to cows’ milk

Stop administration of product if any allergic symptoms occur and treat patient’s condition accordingly.

  • 31 Oct 2017 - Drug Updates

Clozapine associated with risk of intestinal obstruction, faecal impaction, and paralytic ileus

Patients on antipsychotic drug clozapine are advised to report and treat constipation immediately.

  • 31 Oct 2017 - Drug Updates

Isotretinoin (Roaccutane): Risk of sexual side effects like erectile dysfunction and decreased libido

Healthcare professionals should be aware of sexual and psychiatric adverse reactions associated with Isotretinoin.

  • 28 Sep 2017 - Drug Updates

Patients on warfarin should not use over-the-counter Miconazole oral gel (Daktarin)

Patients on warfarin should take prescription-only miconazole oral gel and should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any signs of bleeding.

  • 28 Sep 2017 - Drug Updates

Loperamide (Imodium): Overdoses of loperamide associated with risk of serious cardiovascular events

Naloxone should be given as an antidote in case of overdoses of loperamide.