Methylnaltrexone is a subsidised treatment option for opioid-induced constipation in palliative care

Methylnaltrexone injections are now subsidised for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation for patients in palliative care. This treatment might be considered for patients with persistent symptoms despite use of other treatments such as oral laxatives, suppositories or enemas.

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Diagnosing and managing headache in adults in primary care

A systematic approach is recommended when assessing patients with headache to rule out serious underlying conditions and to ensure...

The bpacnz COPD prescribing tool has been updated

The bpacnz COPD prescribing tool was developed based on the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD 2016)...

Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose: now available for the treatment of iron deficiency

Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose is now a potential option for treating patients with iron deficiency anaemia in the community.

Suicide prevention: what can primary care do to make a difference?

"The most critical elements in helping those with suicidal ideation are achieving some engagement with the suicidal person and...

The role of medicines in the management of depression in primary care

A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) is usually the first-line pharmacological treatment for patients...

I dream of sleep: managing insomnia in adults - Part 1

Adults with insomnia have difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep with adverse effects on their daytime functioning.

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Antibiotics Guide Updated

Antibiotics Guide 2017 edition

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The COPD prescribing tool Updated

Pharmacological treatment options for patients with COPD

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