Overview

There are 3 classes of medicinein Singapore:

  1. prescription-only medication (POM): requires a prescription from a doctor
  2. pharmacy-only medication (P): may only be sold by qualified pharmacists
  3. general sales or over-the-counter medication (GSL)

Prescriptions for medications

To get a prescription for your medication, it’s easiest to go to a private or government medical clinic plus pharmacy.

Recent Questions

What factors explain why my cystic acnes are no longer responding to doxycycline, tretinoin, and clindamycin?

Thank you for the question. While oral doxycycline is an effective treatment for acne and cystic acne, there are various reasons why it may have stopped working. You may have developed antibiotic resistance to the doxycycline and this makes the treatment less effective. Other reasons may be the dose of the medication and you have to ensure that the medication is taken at the optimal dose. Sometimes, people do fail oral doxycycline treatment. While it is effective for most cases of acne and cystic acne, there are individuals who fail to respond to the treatment.

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Dr Colin Theng

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Is adapalene effective as an anti-ageing treatment?

Topical adapalene is an effective treatment for acne vulgaris. It is also an effective anti-aging treatment. Adapalene is a retinoid and it increases skin turnover and also stimulates collagen production. It can, therefore, help fade pigmentation on the face and fine wrinkles. In some people, Adapalene can cause dryness and irritation of the skin. I will often prescribe a moisturizer together with adapalene to reduce the irritation effects.

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Dr Colin Theng

Dermatologist

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