Winter will soon be upon us and unfortunately with the change in climate comes ‘flu’, bronchitis and other associated illnesses. For those compromised individuals who have not yet had their ‘flu’ vaccinations I suggest that it’s not too late. ‘FLU’ Vaccines are available through M-KEM’S Clinics. (Travellers are definitely advised to be vaccinated). A wide range of immune boosters and vitamins are available at M-KEM.

In addition to specific ‘FLU’ preparations available on prescription (which should be taken very soon after symptoms appear) Complementary medicines e.g. Septogard and products for symptomatic relief of runny nose, cough and aching muscles and joints are available. The usual antibiotics are taken for the after effects which could result, e.g. bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis but not for the actual ‘flu’

Many products are advertised but I do caution as numerous harmful side effects can occur. M-KEM’s Pharmacists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer such queries. M-KEM’s innovative browsing buzzers avoid long waits in a queue at the dispensary. M-KEM carries a wide range of complementary medications, many of which have no side effects whatsoever. This does not mean, however, that ANY body may take ANY of them at ANY time.

As regards over the counter prescription cough and cold preparations, the most common side effect is drowsiness, especially for those behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Drowsiness may be of such a nature that the person is not even aware of it.

The opposite effects occurs in certain other preparations, thereby keeping the patient awake as a result of which, drowsiness occurs the following day, leading to similar problems (as mentioned above). Preparations for runny noses and coughs which neither result in drowsiness or over-stimulation are available at M-KEM.

Patients on blood pressure medications, diabetic patients and pregnant women may take medication for colds etc. but these are restricted.

Lastly, I would like to caution patients taking any medications, whether it is prescription, complementary, or so called ‘natural’, not to combine these without consulting their pharmacist or doctor.

The M-KEM Pharmacists and I remain available to assist you at all times. I wish you a healthy winter.

Hylton Mallach & Business Partner Gillian Watson