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Compliance Packaging:

Do you find it hard to remember if you've taken your medicines? Are you worried about a member of your family who may be finding it hard to keep track of what to take and when? Do you find it hard to open pill bottles or read their labels? Do you have children who need to take medication to school sometimes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then compliance packing may help. Your tablets and capsules are dispensed into a convenient, safe and reliable pack instead of bottles and boxes. The packs are labeled with the time and day to take each medicine - no more guesswork!

ECP (Emergency Contraceptive Pill):

Contraceptive failure or having unprotected sex can be a stressful situation. The risk of pregnancy can be reduced by taking the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). The ECP is most effective the sooner it is taken. As getting to the Doctor is not always possible or practical our accredited ECP pharmacists are available to provide you with a consultation and are able to dispense the ECP if it is appropriate for you.

The ECP’s effectiveness:

The emergency contraceptive pill will be most effective if you take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Taking the ECP within 24 hours is best, but it can prevent pregnancy if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

The ECP has been shown to prevent:

  • 95% of expected pregnancies when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex
  • 85% if taken within 25 - 48 hours
  • 58% if taken within 49 - 72 hours

It’s important to note that the ECP does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you have any concerns speak with your Unichem Pharmacist, doctor or family planning clinic.

Possible side effects:

You may experience the following side effects but they should resolve within a few days:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting

If vomiting occurs within three hours of taking the ECP, another dose should be taken immediately.

Your next period will probably come at the expected time, but it may be early or late, and it could be heavier than usual.

You should make an appointment to see your doctor immediately if:

  • Your next period is unusually light or heavy, more than 5 days late or, if you’re taking oral contraceptives and there is no bleeding in the pill-free interval
  • If you have any lower abdominal pain

Some precautions to take:

Contraception, It’s recommended that you use a barrier contraceptive (condoms) until your next period.

If you use a contraceptive pill, keep taking the hormonal pills as normal and use additional barrier protection for seven days. If you have less than seven hormonal pills left in the packet, you should continue with the next pack and omit the seven day break or placebo (sugar) tablets.

Pregnancy: The emergency contraceptive pill is generally safe to take while breastfeeding, but check with your Pharmacist or doctor if you are concerned.

UTI (Urinary Tract Infection):

Urinary Tract Infections are often referred to as cystitis or bladder infections.  Urinary Tract Infections cause women considerable discomfort and we have pharmacists on staff  who have undertaken appropriate training are able to offer effective treatment where appropriate. They will work through a thorough checklist to ensure certain criteria are met before supplying the medicine. The treatment, a three day course of trimethoprim 300mg tablets, is available to women between the ages of 16 and 65 who are not pregnant and who have not taken a course of antibiotics within the previous six months.

Quit Smoking - Nicotine Replacement Therapy

NRT replaces nicotine in your body to reduce your desire to smoke while you quit. NRT comes as patches, gum or lozenges and we can help put together the right NRT program for you.

You' can speak with one of our friendly pharmacists to access this service.

Contraceptive Dispensing 

Our trained pharmacists can sell up to six months supply of a selected contraceptive if you have been prescribed the same type of oral contraceptive within the last 3 years  and have not developed any risk factors. A private consultation with the pharmacist is required.