Medication

The management of chronic pain

WEBINAR: Register to hear Dr Giresh Kanji discussing the challenges related to managing chronic pain in primary care. Tuesday 21 November, 7.30pm.

Webinar: Antidepressants in primary care

WEBINAR: Associate Professor David Menkes and Professor Bruce Arroll discussed the evidence for the benefit for antidepressants in primary care, as well as cases to support key points.

Clozapine. Malignant constipation can kill

Clozapine is used for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Agranulocytosis and neutropenia are the usual concerns but there are more deaths from ileus/megacolon.

Webinar: Prescribing antipsychotics in primary care

Webinar with Associate Professor David Menkes. David is an academic psychiatrist with a background in psychology and pharmacology (PhD 1983, Yale), and a continuing interest in the optimal use and toxicology of drug treatments in psychiatry.

Webinar: Statins; who, when, where and why

In this webinar Dr Tony Scott, cardiologist talked about the use of statins in primary care and dealt with questions such as 'are all statins equal?' and 'how do you prescribe statins and maintain medication compliance?" 

Also covered was how to approach discussions around the size of the benefit to enable patients to be fully informed (re taking statins) and how to discuss potential harms eg., dementia, diabetes, fatigue and muscle aches.

 

Beta-blockers no longer first line for simple hypertension

Initiating treatment of hypertension with beta-blockers leads to modest CVD reductions and little or no effects on mortality (atenolol mainly studied).

Cannabinoids for pain management - Giresh Kanji

Dr Giresh Kanji talks about prescribing cannabinoids for pain management in primary care. Giresh is a musculoskeletal pain specialist who competed a PhD in chronic pain in 2013. He is currently performing a randomised control trial in chronic low back pain.

Intensive blood pressure control in the elderly - Bruce Arroll

Professor Bruce Arroll discusses the issues around intensive blood pressure control in the elderly. Bruce is a GP in south Auckland and professor of general practice at the University of Auckland.

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