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Self-medication is an important pillar of healthcare

… and as with treatment prescribed by a doctor, it should be undertaken on the basis of the available evidence. Evidence for Self-Medication (EfSM) presents compact reviews of relevant studies on OTC medicines and active substances in order to enable pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to provide the best possible – and evidence-based – advice on self-medication. 

 

All EfSM articles have been peer-reviewed. They are available in German and English, and some of them in other languages ​​as well.

Burden of impaired vitality in the general population and potential nutritional solution


A recent study based on the National Health and Wellness Survey, the world’s largest online database of patient-reported health outcomes, found that low vitality negatively impacts quality of life, daily activities and productivity. While dietary supplement solutions exist to prevent fatigue, the study also showed that people disengaged in self-managing their health have the lowest vitality level.

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Author: Anne-Laure Tardy, Lionel Noah, Thamiris Tavares and Caroline AmandEFSM: 2024;4:240008DOI: 10.52778/efsm.24.0008Date: 27.02.2024

Managing magnesium deficiency: Strategies for diagnosis and treatment


Magnesium (Mg) plays a vital role in maintaining bodily functions; in consequence, its deficiency has been linked to various chronic diseases. Diagnosis of Mg deficiency is challenging due to the absence of specific symptoms and its impact on health. Raising awareness to healthcare professionals can facilitate accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. This review delves into the role of M ...

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Author: Katarzyna Wielgus, Milana Dan and Thamiris TavaresEFSM: 2024;4:240001DOI: 10.52778/efsm.24.0001Date: 22.02.2024

Omeprazole vs. Poliprotect®

Clinical trial demonstrating non-inferiority of Poliprotect for heartburn and epigastric pain in patients without erosive esophagitis


A randomised, controlled, multicentre, double-blind and double-masked study confirmed the efficacy of Poliprotect®, a molecular complex of natural ingredients designed for the protection of the gastroesophageal mucosa, contained in the medicinal product NeoBianacid®. Poliprotect was non-inferior to the standard dose of omeprazole (20 mg/day) in the treatment of symptoms of non-erosive gastroe ...

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Author: Frederick HerbstEFSM: 2023;3:230055DOI: 10.52778/efsm.23.0055Date: 17.12.2023

Bioceramic materials emitting infrared radiation for musculoskeletal pain relief


Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders are the leading cause of chronic pain, physical, functional impairment and loss of quality of life. About one in three people worldwide is suffering from MSK pain. The biological effects of bioceramic materials as Infrared-C emitters on body tissues and their benefits to the self-management of MSK disorders, are the subject of current interest.

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Author: Bill Giannakopoulos, PharmD, Mohamed Amessou, PhD, MBA and Eva Koscova, MD, PhD, MBA, CVTI SREFSM: 2023;3:230049DOI: 10.52778/efsm.23.0049Date: 17.12.2023

Promoted to the highest evidence class: meta-analysis supports the evidence for EA 575® in treating…


In self-limiting diseases such as acute respiratory infections, patients primarily expect relief of their symptoms, the aim being to reduce suffering and thus improve their quality of life. The results of a meta-analysis of two studies conducted in line with recognized scientific standards show that the positive effects of the dry ivy leaf extract EA  575® are visible and subjectively noticea ...

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Author: Dr Lukas Uebbing and Dr Simon BraunEFSM: 2023;3:230041DOI: 10.52778/efsm.23.0041Date: 17.10.2023

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