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Safety in Lactation: Topical nasal decongestants

27 October 2020Drugs used for nasal decongestion have limited systemic absorption in the mother, and pose negligible risk to a breastfed infant. There is no published evidence…

Safety in Lactation: Drugs for obstructive airways disease

25 September 2020Additional information relating to breastfeeding To be used in conjunction with individual drug entries for specific information and guidance. Bronchodilators Most bronchodilators are considered to…

Which commonly used nebuliser solutions are compatible?

27 February 2020Mixing of nebuliser solutions should only be undertaken in the best interests of the patient and only by a person competent and willing to do…

Ethanol content of inhalers – What is the significance?

13 December 2019Ethanol is included as an excipient in many commonly prescribed inhalers, including some licensed for use in children.  Patients may have ethical, religious or cultural…

Drug-induced hypersalivation – what treatment options are available?

1 August 2018This Medicines Q&A summarises published studies or case reports concerning the pharmacological treatment of drug-induced hypersalivation (drooling or sialorrhoea), particularly hypersalivation caused by clozapine. Update…

Hypersalivation – what are the treatment alternatives to glycopyrronium and hyoscine?

1 August 2018This Medicines Q&A outlines possible alternatives to hyoscine hydrobromide and glycopyrronium in the treatment of non drug-induced hypersalivation, e.g. botulinum toxin, amitriptyline, atropine (eye drops…