Medicines information

The information in this section describes medicines, how they are given and some of their possible side effects.

If you have any questions or concerns about medications, please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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Actikerall® to treat warts

Actikerall® is a clear solution to be applied to the affected area of skin – 1g of Actikerall® contains 5mg fluoroucil, which destroys some skin cells and 100mg salicylic acid, which makes skin shed more easily. Its full name is Actikerall® 5mg/g + 100mg/g cutaneous solution.

Adalimumab injections

Anti-TNF medicines, such as adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab, act against a protein in the blood called Tissue Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNFα). This protein can cause inflammation when it is present in large amounts in the blood.

Barium 

Barium sulphate is a thick, white liquid that shows up well on x-rays. It is used in various diagnostic tests, such as Upper GI contrast studies and Contrast enemas. It is also used to highlight parts of the digestive system for certain interventional radiology procedures.

Bowel cleansing at home 

Bowel cleansing solutions (also called bowel preparation) is used to clear the bowel before a procedure at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). This allows the doctor to see the bowel wall during colonoscopy and similar procedures. The solutions used are senna, Picolax® or CitraFleet®. 

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