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Balancing the benefits and risks of prescribing antiepileptic medicines in women

Antiepileptic medicines reduce the risk of seizures in people...

October 2018

Avoiding the triple whammy in primary care: ACE inhibitor/ARB + diuretic + NSAID

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin-II...

May 2018

Prescribing gabapentin and pregabalin: upcoming subsidy changes

From 1 May, 2018, pregabalin will be available to prescribe,...

March 2018

Selected topics in acute pain management for primary care

There are a multitude of causes of acute pain, however, the...

February 2018

The principles of managing acute pain in primary care

The primary aim of acute pain management is to provide treatment...

February 2018

Medicinal cannabinoids: current regulations for prescribing

Recent amendments have been made to regulations concerning the...

February 2018

Diagnosing and managing headache in adults in primary care

A systematic approach is recommended when assessing patients...

December 2017

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

bpacnz recognises that the assessment and management of insomnia...

October 2017

I dream of sleep: managing insomnia in adults - Part 2

bpacnz recognises that the assessment and management of insomnia...

October 2017

Helping patients with epilepsy adhere to their medicines

People with epilepsy require good adherence to anti-epileptic...

September 2017

Managing patients with neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain results from a lesion or disease affecting...

May 2016

Melatonin: is it worth losing any sleep over?

February 2016

Melatonin: is it worth losing any sleep over?

Modified-release melatonin is an unsubsidised medicine that...

August 2015

Medicine updates

Two newly funded medicines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary...

December 2014

The role of triptans in the treatment of migraine in adults

Paracetamol or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)...

July 2014

The management of Parkinson’s disease: Which treatments to start and when?

The treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease usually involves...

February 2014

Managing patients with dementia: What is the role of antipsychotics?

Concerns have been raised, both in New Zealand and internationally,...

December 2013

Hazardous substances series: Pyrethroid toxicity and its management

Contributed by Dr Michael Beasley and Dr Wayne Temple, National...

December 2013

Multiple sclerosis: Managing shades of grey

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the central...

August 2013

H1N1 influenza vaccination and the risk of childhood narcolepsy

IN MARCH, 2012 A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE in the rate of childhood...

April 2013

The night time hustle: managing restless legs syndrome in adults

Restless legs syndrome is a common neurological disorder that...

December 2012

Sleep disturbances: managing parasomnias in general practice

The term "parasomnia" describes a group of sleep disorders associated...

November 2012

Silencing tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the ear or head,...

October 2012

A delicate balance: managing vertigo in general practice

Vertigo is a symptom, not a diagnosis. Although usually benign,...

September 2012

Prescribing atypical antipsychotics in general practice

The use of atypical antipsychotics such as quetiapine and olanzapine...

November 2011

Raynaud's phenomenon: a whiter shade to winter's pale

Raynaud's phenomenon is a circulatory disorder, characterised...

August 2011

The fear of enabling; misuse of prescription medicines

Misuse of prescription opioids is increasing worldwide and many...

June 2011

Investigating mercury toxicity

Although there are many potential sources of exposure to mercury...

November 2010

The pharmacological management of Alzheimer’s disease: The place of donepezil

From November 1, 2010 donepezil will be funded without Special...

August 2010

Snippets: Dextropropoxyphene & Donepezil

Donepezil to be funded on pharmaceutical schedule | Dextropropoxyphene...

July 2010

Snippets: Gabapentin Humalog & Tramadol

Humalog, Tramadol and Gabapentin

June 2010

Prescribing issues associated with anticonvulsant medications for epilepsy

The goal of successful pharmacological treatment in epilepsy...

November 2009

Having a senior moment?

Differentiating normal age-related memory loss from early onset...

September 2009

Five-minute back examination with neurological assessment

Instructions and illustrations for performing a quick examination...

June 2009

Medication-overuse headache: when the cure becomes the cause

Medication-overuse headache is a complex disorder best described...

September 2008

Pharmacological management of neuropathic pain

The treatment of neuropathic pain involves a different step-wise...

September 2008

The problem of pain memory: persistent central sensitisation pain

Pain memory occurs when the nervous system has become up-regulated...

September 2008

Managing insomnia

Insomnia affects many adults in New Zealand, however management...

June 2008

Dilemmas: Recognition and treatment of pain in elderly people

Chronic pain is common in elderly people, however it is often...

February 2008

Snippets: Drug information of topical interest

• Calcium Supplementation and the risk of myocardial infarction
• Use...

December 2007

Dear Dave

Do timolol eye drops cause cold extremeties and tiredness?Dave...

October 2007

Headache in primary care

Advice on diagnosis and management of primary headaches

August 2007

Parkinson's disease

Covers diagnosis and management of Parkinson's disease

August 2007

CARM Reports; Serotonin Syndrome and Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

Covers the symptoms and causes of Serotonin Syndrome and Neuroleptic...

February 2007

Dear Dave

Can smoking cessation affect the dose of antipsychotics?Do statins...

February 2007

Practice Debate: antipsychotics in the treatment of dementia

This article covers the role and safety concerns of antipsychotics...

February 2007

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