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Welcome to common conditions, where we have taken the complaints you are more likely to suffer from, more frequently. You can treat many of these yourself with over-the-counter products.ALWAYS check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about your condition or treatment.

Common Conditions

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***Important*** the European Medicines Agency announced in September 2010 that rosiglitazone's (Avandia) licence will be suspended and the product will stop being available in Europe.

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Arthritis affects people of all ages, though one of the commonest forms, osteoarthritis is down to wear and tear. With osteoarthritis the cartilage breaks down in weight-bearing joints such as the hips, knees and the lower back.

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Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease is the single most common cause of death in the UK. It is the term used to describe the gradual narrowing of the coronary arteries which can lead to angina or a heart attack.

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Back Pain
There are many obvious causes of back pain such as lifting heavy loads incorrectly, bending the spine too much, having a fall or being overweight. Even standing up or sitting down for too long can account for many cases of back pain.

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Swine flu is a type of flu (influenza) that originated in pigs but can be caught by, and quickly spread among, humans. The single most effective way to stop or slow the spread of diseases such as swine flu is to prevent the spread of germs.

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Asthma is a very common condition, estimated to affect one person out of every 5 households in the UK. Currently, there are over 5 million people receiving treatment for asthma in the UK, of which over 1 million are children.

Asthma (adults) Asthma (children) Asthma (Baby and infant)

A migraine is a severe recurring headache and it is estimated that more than 6 million people in the UK are affected. The condition normally affects people in their 30s or 40s, but it can also develop in teenagers and adolescents. Women are more prone to attacks than men.

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Most people snore at some time during their life, and it is estimated that about a quarter of people are regular snorers. Men are about twice as likely to snore as women. Men over the age of 50 who are overweight are particularly likely to be affected1.

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