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How much is a private prescription?

A private prescription is a medication you pay for in full, prescribed during a private medical consultation. Unlike NHS prescriptions, which are subsidised by the government, private prescriptions are not.

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Which type of medicine is only allowed to be supplied via a prescription?

Prescriptions are like written orders from your doctor that allow you to get specific medications from a pharmacy. They’re important because they help make sure you get the right medicine for your condition. Not all drugs are safe for everyone, so your doctor considers things like your medical history and other medications you might be taking before prescribing something.

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What is the best prescription cream for psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition where skin cells build up rapidly, causing thick, red patches with silvery scales. It affects around 2-3% of people globally.

Beyond its visible symptoms, like red, inflamed skin, psoriasis can lead to itching, discomfort, and even pain, making daily life challenging.

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What is the best prescription medicine for arthritis pain?

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions in the UK, causing joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation.

Arthritis comes in different forms, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common. Osteoarthritis happens when the protective cartilage between bones wears down, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder causing joint inflammation.

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What is the best prescription cream for rosacea?

Rosacea is a long-term skin condition, which mainly affects the face, causing redness, swelling, and sometimes acne-like breakouts. It typically starts after 30 but can occur earlier.

While people with fair-skinned are more prone, it can affect anyone. Flare-ups can be triggered by various factors like sun exposure and stress, making management crucial.

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A man in his 60s holds his lower back in pain while being supported by a woman of a similar age.
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What is the best prescription medicine for lower back pain?

Lower back pain is incredibly common, affecting up to 80% of people at some point in their lives. It can be caused by muscle strain, structural issues, poor posture, or injuries.

It can disrupt your daily life, making even simple tasks challenging. That’s why finding the right medicine is important. These medicines offer targeted relief from pain and inflammation, helping you get back on your feet.

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A man holds his bum through his jeans in pain due to haemorrhoids, the affected area is highlighted red
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What is the best prescription medicine for haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids (piles) are a common condition, where veins become swollen and inflamed. They can be uncomfortable, itchy, and even painful.

Around half of adults over 50 have experienced them at some point. But they can affect people of any age, especially if you’re pregnant, overweight, or have a lifestyle that involves a lot of sitting.

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How long does a pharmacy hold a prescription?

Whether it’s simply that you’ve forgotten, you’re too busy, or something else popped up – knowing how long your pharmacy will hold your prescription for can give you the peace of mind that you’re not going to go without your medication.

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