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A-Z of Drugs

Propecia (Finasteride)

Published on 18th April 2018

What is Propecia? Propecia is a prescription only drug for men, used for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Propecia is a brand name used for the drug finasteride. Finastride was first used under the brand name Proscar to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP), also known as an enlarged prostate. It was noticed that a […]


Published on 17th April 2018

What is Viagra? Viagra is the brand name for a commonly recognised little blue, diamond shaped pill. It is a drug that helps men with impotence or erectile dysfunction. Viagra has now become available without prescription, it is hoped this will help many men who suffer from impotence but are embarrassed to seek help. Who […]


Published on 16th March 2018

What are Antibiotics? Antibiotics are commonly prescribed medicines used to treat or prevent all types of bacterial infections from mild conditions like acne, to life threatening conditions like pneumonia. They do not work against viral infections such as flu, common cold and chicken pox.  You are also unlikely to be prescribed antibiotics for mild bacterial […]


Published on 15th March 2018

What is Amoxicillin? Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that is used to fight bacterial infections such as, chest infections, tonsillitis, pneumonia, dental abscesses, ear infections, gonorrhoea, UTI’s (urinary tract infections) and for severe cases of Salmonella poisoning. There are many brands and forms of Amoxicillin available, it can come as capsules or as a liquid that you […]


Published on 21st November 2017

What is Aspirin?  Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid as its generic name is a common medicine that has many uses. The active ingredient in aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid, is a derivative of salicin, which occurs naturally in the bark and leaves of trees such as the willow tree. Aspirin in various forms has been in use since […]

Ibuprofen Painkiller

Published on 10th October 2017

What is Ibuprofen Ibuprofen is a commonly used painkiller which comes from a group of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Another drug commonly found in this group is aspirin. Ibuprofen can be used to ease mild to moderate pain, for example if you have any dental pain, back pain, headaches or period pains. Ibuprofen […]

Methedrome is also known as Mephedrone and Mephedrome

Published on 12th December 2015

Methedrome Methedrome is also known as Mephedrone,  Mephedrome, 4-Methylmethcathinone, 4-MMC, MMCAT, MEOW, MCAT, MEAOW, Bubbles and Plant Feeder. It is most commonly known on the street as ‘bubble’, other names for the drug are “drone” and “meow meow”. Mephedrone which can be bought over the internet is most commonly sold as a white powder (costing […]

Alcohol Information

Published on 29th July 2015

What is alcohol? Alcohol is found in drinks such as beer, lager, cider, wine, alco pops and spirits (whisky, vodka, gin, rum). All alcoholic drinks contain ethanol (pure alcohol). The strength, colour and taste of alcoholic drinks depend upon the amount of ethanol and the ingredients used, for example grapes, hops or grains. Alcohol has […]

EDDP – Metabolite of Methadone

Published on 28th July 2015

EDDP is the most important metabolite of methadone. It is excreted in the bile and urine together with the other metabolite EMPD. EDDP is formed by N-demthylation and cyclisation of methadone in the liver. The part of the unchanged excreted methadone is variable and depends on the urine’s pH value, dose, and the patient’s metabolism. […]

Drug Classification

Published on 28th July 2015

The 1971 Act (amended through the Criminal justice 2003 Act, which came into effect in 2004) divides drugs into three classes depending on the degree of harm deemed attributable to each drug. In turn the maximum penalties for being convicted of an offence under the Act are fixed according to the class of drug. The […]


Published on 15th May 2015

What is Subutex? Subutex or buprenorphine, which is its trade name, is one of a number of synthetic opiates that are manufactured for medical use and have similar effects to heroin and morphine. Subutex is mainly used today as a substitute for heroin, in an attempt to relieve some of the problems associated with heroin […]


Published on 15th May 2015

The most commonly used stimulants are amphetamines and cocaine. Cocaine is derived from the leaf of the coca plant (Erythroxylum Coca) and amphetamines are manufactured both legally and illegally. Most recently, the recreational use of Ecstasy has become common, particularly among young people who follow the club scene. Drugs include: Drug name Street name Amphetamine sulphate Speed Cocaine […]