Beta-blockers for cardiovascular conditions: one size does not fit all patients

Metoprolol succinate accounts for almost three-quarters of the beta-blockers dispensed in New Zealand. There is, however, little evidence to support the systematic use of metoprolol succinate over other medicines in this class.

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The bpacnz antibiotic guide: 2017 edition

The 2017 edition of the bpacnz antibiotics guide; Antibiotics: choices for common infections, is now available online. There are several new features of this guideline, along with some changes in advice.

Antibiotics: choices for common infections

The following information is a consensus guide. It is intended to aid selection of an appropriate antibiotic for typical patients with infections commonly seen in general practice.

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Pulmonary rehabilitation for people with COPD

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4% dimethicone lotion: a subsidised treatment for head lice

From 1 May, 2017, 4% dimethicone lotion can be prescribed fully subsidised for the treatment of head lice, which adds...

Bronchiolitis: when to reassure and monitor, and when to refer

Bronchiolitis is a lower respiratory tract infection, most often caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In severe illness...

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Phillipa Story

I have a couple of practical issues with flucloxcacilla:

  1. In young children, trying to achieve a frequent-dose medication on an empty stomach is often impractical.
  2. It is also difficult to arrange for midday doses at school/daycare.

Is it pharmacologically possible to do once or twice day dosing in a similar way to the dosing for amoxil with strep throat?

The bpacnz antibiotic guide: 2017 edition

The Editor

Is there anything missing from the guide that you would like to see included? So far we have a suggestion for entries on diverticulitis and dental infections.

Antibiotics: choices for common infections

Azeem Salih

Since the risk of AAA is high in those aged over 50 years with known cardiovascular disease and in certain population such as Māori, i think it worth lowering the target screening age for those groups OR set inclusion criteria for opportunistic screening.

Targeted testing for abdominal aortic aneurysm

Navin Sivalingam

highly interesting but somewhat unhelpful in terms of answering expectations of parents how long will it last? when will my child get better I only smoke outside the house

Cough in children

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