Drug Cabinet: your heart medications explained including frequently asked questions and possible side effects
People with cardiovascular disease may be prescribed a low dose of aspirin to help prevent blood clots. Watch our animation on how aspirin works, possible side effects and answers to common questions.
Warfarin is the most widely prescribed anticoagulant (a drug which reduces the risk of blood clots forming) in the UK. Find out why you might take it, possible side effects, and what you need to know if you take warfarin.
Have you been prescribed ACE inhibitors? Read what they are what they do, how they work, their possible side effects and more.
For over 50 years, warfarin has been the drug of choice in preventing AF-related strokes, but a new type of anticoagulant offers more options. Doireann Maddock finds out more from Dr Matt Wright.
Beta blockers are among the most important drugs used by cardiologists. Watch our animation on how beta blockers work and read about side effects.
ARBs treat heart failure and high blood pressure and may be prescribed following a heart attack. Read what they are, how they work, their possible side effects and more.
Antiplatelet medications, such as aspirin and clopidogrel, are commonly used to reduce the risk of heart attack. An expert answers some common questions.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) suppress stomach acid and are often prescribed to heart patients. We hear why from Professor Pali Hungin.
Insulin can help people with diabetes manage blood sugar levels and avoid other issues. Consultant physician Dr Amanda Adler explains how it works and how to take it.
We take medicines every day – but do you think about where they come from? Most modern drugs are created in the lab – but some have unusual or downright bizarre origins.
Derived from the purple foxglove plant, Digoxin was first used to treat heart complaints 200 years ago. Dr Ross McGeoch tells us about modern uses for the drug.
Dr Amanda Adler explains oral medications that can control your blood glucose levels, which is critical to managing type 2 diabetes.
These medicines are commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure and angina. An expert answers some common questions.
Antibiotics save lives, but resistance to them is increasing. Dr Nicholas Brown, Consultant Medical Microbiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, tells us when you need them and when you don’t.
Painkillers are some of the most commonly used drugs. We explain what these medicines, including paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, morphine and codeine, are used for and possible side effects.
From whether branded tablets work better to taking them during pregnancy, we answer your questions about over-the-counter painkillers.
Nitrates are a tried-and-tested treatment for angina, but it’s important to be informed about their usage and potential side effects.
Statins are drugs that lower your body's cholesterol level reducing your risk of heart disease. Professor Richard Hobbs answers some of the most common questions relating to statins, including side effects and safety.
Living with a heart condition can affect your mental health. For some, antidepressants can help. An expert explains how they work, possible side effects and how to tell if you're depressed.
Some abnormal heart rhythms can be treated with medication. Consultant cardiologist, Dr Martin Lowe, explains all.