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elliptic's version from 2018-03-30 04:37

Some common antibiotics

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Cephalexin500mg (12.5mg/kg) 6hrly. Can use 1g (25mg/kg) 12hrly instead. Decreases renal clearance of metformin.
Augmentin875+125mg (22.5+3.2mg/kg) 12hrly.
Amoxycillin500mg (12.5mg/kg) tds - double that for pneumonia.
Trimethoprim300mg daily for 3 days (UTI)
Di/Flucloxacillin500mg (12.5mg/kg) 6hrly.
Doxycycline100mg (2mg/kg >8yo) bd. IECOPD: 200mg, then 100mg daily for 5 days total. Acne/rosacea: 50mg/d.
Bactrim160+800mg (4+20mg/kg) 12hrly.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin500mg (12.5mg/kg) 6hrly.
Clindamycin450mg (10mg/kg) 8hrly.

Some other drugs

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FexofenadineUrticaria: 180mg/d. Rhinitis: 120mg/d (single or divided dose).
ValaciclovirVZV: 1g, 8hrly for 7 days. HSV: 500mg bd for 5-10 days (primary) or 3 days (recurrence).
Alendronatealendronate 70 mg orally, once weekly on an empty stomach.
Denusomabdenosumab 60 mg SC, once every 6 months
Which women get cyclical combined HRT?LMP <2 years ago. Oestrogen orally or transdermally + progestin orally. Oral- Femoston 2/10. Transdermal- Estalis Sequi.
Which women get continuous combined HRT?LMP > 2y, or withdrawal bleeding becoming lighter on cyclical combined HRT. Oral- Angeliq 1/2 (not on PBS). Transdermal- Estalis continuous.

And some more

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Dabigatran (for non-valvular AF)150mg bd (or 110mg bd if >75 or higher risk for bleeding). Use warfarin if eGFR<30.
Rivaroxaban (for non-valvular AF)20 mg daily, or 15 mg daily if eGFR 30-49.
BPH medicationsalpha-blockers, eg. prazosin 0.5mg nocte for 3 nights, then bd for 14 days, then 1mg bd. tamsulosin 0.4mg daily. 5alpha-reductase inhibitors: dutasteride 0.5mg daily. Or combination.
3 medication options for OAB.1. Antimuscarinic: Oxybutynin 5mg 2-3 times daily; max qid -- OR 3.9 mg/24 hours patch. 2. Vaginal oestrogen, 0.5 g cream, nightly for 2
weeks then twice per week. 3. Duloxetine 30mg bd increasing to 60mg bd after 4 weeks.

Some common antihypertensives

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Atorvastatin10-80mg daily.
MetoprololArrhythmia: tartrate 25-100mg bd. CCF: succinate CR 23.75mg daily, doubling q2-4w to max tolerated dose, max 190mg daily
Amlodipine2.5-10mg daily. Peripheral vasodilation (peripheral oedema, flushing, headache, dizziness), postural drop, tachycardia, palpitations, chest pain, gingival hyperplasia.
Candesartan4-32mg daily. ADR: high K, renal impairment.
Perindopril arginine5-10mg daily. (May initiate at 2.5mg/d). ADR: cough, high K, renal impairment, angioedema
Indapamide1.5mg CR daily.
methyldopa(first line in pregnancy) 125 mg orally, twice daily, increasing as required up to 500 mg 3 times daily

Some more drugs

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Scabies treatmentsPermethrin 5% cream (suitable for pregnant/breastfeeding; take special precautions if <6months) or benzyl benzoate 25% emulsion (dilute in children). Instructions for either: apply to dry skin from neck down. Under nails with nailbrush. Leave 8 hours and reapply to hands if washed. Repeat in 7 days.

Some diabetes drugs

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SulphonylureaGliclazide 40mg od-bd titrating to max 320mg/day in divided doses (divide doses >=160mg); or MR 30mg titrating to max 120mg/d
DPP4 inhibitorSitagliptin (Januvia), 100mg/d. ADR: rash, pancreatitis, nasopharyngitis.
SGLT2 inhibitorEmpagliflozin (Jardiance). 10mg/d, may inc to 25mg/d. ADR: dehydration, dizziness, DKA. Avoid use with loop diuretics.
GLP-1 mimetics / incretinsExanatide. Byetta 5mcg BD, can inc to 10mg BD after a month. Bydureon 2mg weekly. ADR: nausea, vomiting.

Some cutoffs

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Diagnostic cutoffs for COPDFEV1/FVC < 0.7, with <200mL bronchodilator response. Moderate COPD is FEV1 40-59% predicted.
Diagnostic cutoffs for asthmaFEV1/FVC < LLN for age. Moderate obstruction is FEV1 60-80% pred. FEV1 improves by 12% from baseline (and >200mL in adul
Triggers for stepping up to preventers in asthmaSymptoms > 2x/month. Waking from symptoms > 1x/month. Any steroids in 12 months (adults only).
Diagnostic cutoffs for T2DMFBG > 7 (on two occasions if asymptomatic; 5.5-6.9 is indeterminate). HbA1c > 48 or 6.5% on 2 occasions. 2 hr OGTT: >7ᶠᵃˢᵗᶦⁿᵍ / >11.1² ʰʳ

Some asthma/COPD drugs

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ICSFlixotide, inhaler comes in 50, 125, and 250 mcg; accuhaler comes in double those doses (100, 250, 500). Dose is generally 1 inhalation BD. Consider quadrupling doses during asthma flares.
ICS/LABA comboSeretide (fluticasone + salmeterol) 100/50, 250/50, 500/50 - one puff bd. Or Breo 100/25 or 200/25, 1 puff daily. [Other options: Symbicort, Flutiform, Breo]
LAMASpiriva respimat (tiotropium) 2.5mg, 2 puffs daily. [Other options: Seebri, Bretaris, Incrus]
LABAOnbrez (indacaterol) 1 puff daily. [Other options: Onbrez, Oxis, Serevent]
LABA/LAMASpiolto Respimat (tiotropium, olodaterol), 2.5/2.5mg 2 puffs daily. [Other options: Ultibro, Brimica, Anoro]

Standard vaccinations: childhood schedule.

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BirthHepatitis B (H-B-Vax II paediatric)
6 weeks, 4 months, 6 monthsDTPa+Hep B+IPV+Hib (Infanrix Hexa), Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13), and Rotavirus (Rotarix) at 6 weeks and 4 months only.
12 monthsMMR (Priorix) and Hib+Men C (Menitorix). ATSI also get Hep A (Vaqta paediatric). Children born <32wk or <200g get Hep B booster. Children at risk inc. born <28wk get pneumococcal booster.
18 monthsMMRV (Priorix Tetra) and DTPa (Infanrix). ATSI also get Hep A (Vaqta paediatric) and Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13).
4 yearsDTPa-IPV (Infanrix IPV). Children at risk inc. born <28wk get pneumococcal booster.
Live (routine) vaccinesMMR/V, Varicella, Zoster, Rotavirus, (BCG)

Standard vaccinations: adult schedule

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Year 7 studentsHPV (Gardasil 9, with booster at 6+ months; additional dose at 2 months if immunocompromised) and DTPa (Boostrix)
Year 10 students and 15-19 year oldsMeningococcal ACWY (Menactra)
Pregnant womenDTPa between 28-32 weeks gestation each pregnancy.
PneumococcalPneumovax 23. Non-ATSI aged 65. ATSI aged 50 and a booster 5 years later. There's an additional dose at 18 or time of diagnosis if at high risk (chronic cardiac/lung/liver disease, prematurity, diabetes, downs, smoking), then a booster at 5 years, then a booster after age 50 or 65 (5 years between doses). (So only 2 doses if diagnosed after routine 50/65 vaccination.) People at the highest risk (asplenia, immunocompromise, CSF compromise) also get a 13vPVC (Prevenar 13) first.
Zoster vaccineZostavax at age 70 (or a catchup dose for those aged 71-79).
Live (routine) vaccinesMMR/V, Varicella, Zoster, Rotavirus

Travel vaccinations

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Consider for most travellers, esp to developing worldHep A, Hep B.
Developing worldTyphoid, Rabies.
Developing world minus Eastern EuropeTB
South America and sub-Saharan AfricaYellow Fever
Sub-Saharan Africa (meningitis belt)Meningococcal
Asia, PNGJapanese Encephalitis
Live (travel) vaccinesOral typhoid vaccine, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, (BCG)

Viral exanthems

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Pruritic papules, vesicles, pustules, and crusted lesions. Predominantly face and trunk. Fever, headache, urti, nvdChickenpox
Widespread morbilliform erythema; starts on cheeks, spreads 1 day later to trunk and limb. Prodrome of malaise/anorexia; then conjunctivitis, cough, and coryza.Measles
Pale pink erythema; starts on face, spreads to neck, trunk, extremities. Asymptomatic, or slight fever, sore throat, rhinitis, malaise.Rubella
Mild toxic eryhema on face and trunk. High fever for 3-5 days, rhinitis, cough, irritability, tiredness. Febrile seizures in 5-15%.Roseola
Slapped cheeks, evanescent lacy erythema on limbs and trunk 1-4 days later. May have slight fever and headache.Fifth disease / erythema infectiosum
Flat, small blisters on the hands and feet + painful ulcers in the mouth.HFMD.

Adverse effects & monitoring of immunomodulators

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History, examination, and investigations before starting immunomodulatorsHistory of infections (inc HSV, HZV, TB); vaccination history; environmental risks (eg travel). Examine for signs of infection (pyoderma, scabies, lung, dental, sinusitis). Investigate: TV screening, Hep B + VZB, strongyloides serology, pap smear.
Vaccinations before starting immunomodulatorsUTD with routine vaccinations. Hep B if seronegative. VZV if seronegative and no reliable history of chickenpox.
Advice for someone starting immunomodulatorsavoid walking barefoot; avoid raw eggs/meat, unpasteurised dairy; go to travel medicine specialists for travel advice
Monitoring for TNF-alpha inhibitorsClinical review every 3-6 months
Monitoring for azathioprine / mercaptopurineBaseline FBC/LFT. FBC weekly then at increasing intervals (macrocytosis and lymphopenia common; don't always require cessation). 3 monthly LFT. Annual skin check.
Monitoring for methotrexateFBC, ELFT monthly (then every 1-3 months depending on risk of altered LFTs). Those with abnormal transaminases that don't normalise after stopping MTX may need fibroscan +/- liver biopsy.
Monitoring for cyclosporinFBC, ELFT, lipids and BP (CV check) at baseline. Annual skin check. Monitor as advised by specialist (usually not required).

AF / TIA / stoke / MI / CCF : long-term rx

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AFSend to hospital for rhythm control new/recent onset, reversible cause, heart failure, or bad symptoms. Rate control: metoprolol 25-100mg bd. Anticoagulation: CHA₂DS₂Vasc and HASBLED to decide between nothing, aspirin, warfarin, or dabigatran (110-150mg bd).
Stable anginaPRN GTN. Start a beta-blocker (eg atenolol 25-100mg daily), or if that's contraindicated, a calcium channel blocker (diltiazem CR 180-360mg/d). Can also start a GTN patch if required. Refer promptly to a cardiologist.
Secondary prevention after MIaspirin+clopidogrel, beta blockers, ACEi/ARBs, and statins
Secondary prevention after thrombotic TIA/CVAAntiplatelet (clopidogrel 75mg, or asasantin), Statins regardless of cholesterol level (NICE says atorvastatin 80mg/d), control hypertension aiming for SBP 120-130 (but not in the first 48 hours). Stroke foundation says to give everyone ACEI.
Secondary prevention after haemorrhagic CVAACEI +/- diuretics and BP control.
Heart failure (LVSD)ACE inibitors and beta-blockers. Spironolactone. If not controlled, replace ACEI with Entresto (36 hours washout). Loop diuretics for symptom control. Specialists may add ARB+ACEI, hydralazine, nitrate

Some risk assessment algorithms

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CHA₂DS₂Vasc scoreCCF/LV dysfunction, Hypertension, Age>75 (2 points), Diabetes, Stroke/TIA/thromboembolism hx (2), Vascular disease, Age 65-74, Sex female. Stroke risk in non-valvular AF. 2+: anticoagulate. 1: aspirin or anticoagulation (prefer latter). 0: aspirin or nothing (prefer latter).
HASBLEDHypertension (SBP>160), Abnormal renal or liver function, Stroke, Bleeding, Labile INRs, Elderly (>65), Drugs (aspirin or alcoholism). Score >3 indicates high risk of bleeding.
ABCD₂ scoreIdentify those at high risk of CVA in the 7 days post-TIA: high risk if score >3. Age>60; BP>140/9; Clinical features of unilateral weakness (2 points) or speech impairment without weakness (1 point); Duration >60 min (2 points), 10-59 min (1 point); Diabetes.

Psychiatric meds

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Risperidone (oral)Schizophrenia, mania: 0.5-1 mg nocte, increasing to 2mg nocte. Max daily dose = 6mg.
Risperidone (depot)Schizophrenia, bipolar prophylaxis: 25mg IM, every 2 weeks, titrating up to 25-50mg IM. Does not secrete drug for ~3 weeks so bridging oral antipsychotic therapy required in schizophrenia.
Escitalopram10-20mg daily. Note: PBS listed for GAD & social anxiety disorder.
Sertraline50mg/d, increasing to 100mg/d in 5-7 days as tolerated; max dose 200mg/d. Note: Best SSRI for pregnancy & breastfeeding. Also: PBS listed for panic disorder where other treatment has failed, and OCD.
QuetiapineBipolar depression: quetiapine 50 mg orally, twice daily on day 1, then 100 mg twice daily on day 2, then increasing to 150 to 300 mg, twice daily. Higher doses required in acute mania or schizophrenia, often no effect until 400mg bd.
Mirtazapine15 mg orally, at night, increasing according to tolerability and patient response. Maximum dose 60 mg at night
Duloxetine30-60mg mane, titrating to 60mg bd.
DiazepamAs a short term measure in adjustment disorder with anxious features, or in GAD in acute crises with unacceptable distress: diazepam 2 to 5 mg orally, as a single dose, which may be repeated, if required, up to twice daily. Max 2 weeks. Taper before stopping.
Propranolol(Non-generalised social anxiety disorder) propranolol 10 to 40 mg orally, 30 to 60 minutes before the social event or performance

Management of some skin conditions

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Chronic stable plaque psoriasis or hyperkeratotic psoriasis of palms/solesCoal tar 6% + salicylic acid 3% in aqueous cream bd for 1 month. Failing that -- or if only a few scattered plaques -- daivobet gel (calcipotriol 50mcg/g + betamethasone 500mcg/g) daily until skin is clear (~6 weeks).
Scalp psoriasisMethylpred aceponate 0.1% (advantan) daily for at least 2 weeks. If no results, switch to clobetasone shampoo (clobex) - massage onto dry scalp and leave on for 15 minutes before adding water and rinsing/lathering. Use for up to 4 weeks. When symptoms control, add coal-tar based shampoo.
Face/flexural genital psoriasisMethylpred aceponate 0.1% (advantan) daily until clear. Use LPC 2% + SA 2% in aqueous when withdrawing from steroids.
Risk factors for psoriasisstrep infection; sunlight usually beneficial but may exacerbate in some; local trauma to skin; post-pregnancy; stress; etoh/smoking; HIV/AIDS; change in climate
Scalp seb derm1. Standard shampoo daily. 2. Antiyeast shampoo twice weekly. 3. Add Advantan for 7 days. 4. Add coal tar emulsion/gel 1-2 times/week. 5. Replace antiyeast shampoo with clobex (clobetasone) shampoo.
Non-scalp seb derm1. Hydrocortisone 1% + miconazole nitrate 2% (Resolve plus 1.0) cream 1-2 times/day for 2 weeks. 2. Advantan + clonea (clotrimazole 10mg/g) cream 1-2 times/day for 2 weeks. 3. Tar cream (LPC 1-2% in aqueous for face/flexures genitals, LPC/salicylic 5+5% elsewhere) daily for 2 weeks.