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Kevin Watts BSc(Hons) RN, BSc(Hons), BSc(Hons), MInstChP, Dip Pod Med.

Member of the Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists

Podiatrist & Nurse



As practitioners who care for the lower limb and associated structures, we are all responsible to take a full medical history of our patients. An important part of this history concerns us listing and having a basic knowledge of medication. The areas that we need to understand are; drug use, contraindications and possible side-effects.

If a patient is on a certain medication then this can give us an indication of their health and well-being. Different types of medication can indicate different conditions but if the medication strength is increased / decreased, can all provide part of a valuable picture. Many patients are on medication that may impact on our treatment procedures and preparation such as anticoagulants.

The Author has set out to provide a basic template of medication that can allow for quick and easy reference by the practitioner. The list is certainly not exhaustive, but does include many drugs that we may come across whilst in practice. All information has been taken from various sources and if there is any doubt about a medication, then it is very important to investigate it. Medication information sources can be   drug information leaflets, robust pharmaceutical publications such as the British National Formulary (BNF) and suitably qualified medical professionals. Online sites can be used but do so with caution.


Thanks to Steph & Louise at the Fane Foot Clinic in Peterborough,

for their valued input and constructive criticism.



The list does not provide all details about the medication but does provide a basic knowledge. This knowledge can be built on and the list added to as the practitioner identifies new medication. It is important to remember that some side-effects may effect different patients to varying degrees, whilst others may not experience side-effects at all. This document is to be used as a ‘memory jogger’ only, not for formal advice for a patient, not to recommend or to prescribe from. It is aimed as a fun, knowledge building exercise.


Adacal-D3Contains vitamin D and calcium for healthy teeth and bones.Allergic to peanut, soya, vitamin D or calcium carbonate.Constipation, rash, wheezing, swelling etc.

Kyowa Kinn Ltd (2017).
ApixabanTo prevent blood clots from forming in the body.Hypersensitivity, hepatic disease, abrupt discontinuation, prosthetic heart valve etc.May cause bleeding and swelling, tiredness due to anaemia, nausea etc.

Bristol-Myers (2019).
AllopurinolGout, kidney stones, reduces Uric acid build upAvoid alcohol, people with infections, care= diabetes, heart failure, high BP, ChemotherapyMay impair reactions, driving.

Teva UK, (2019).
AmitriptylineSymptoms of depression.Patients who have shown prior sensitivity. During acute phial Infarction.All patients must be monitored for suicide risk.

Crescent Pharma Ltd (2019).
Amlodipine (Calcium channel blocker)Widens blood vessels / improves blood flow. Used for high BP, angina and coronary diseasePatients must be 6yrs+, certain other blood pressure medications especially simvastatins.Oedema, palpitations, fatigue, flushing (reddening of limbs) wheezing, breathlessness etc.

Actavis (2018).
Atenolol (beta-blocker)To treat angina and hypertension.Cardiogenic shock, 2nd, 3rd degree heart block.Cardiac failure, fatigue, Cardiac failure, fatigue, bradycardia, dizziness and cold hands and feet.

Crescent Pharma Ltd (2016).
AmiodaroneAntiarrhythmic.Only used for arrhythmias. Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, constipation,

Accord Healthcare Ltd (2017).
AmoxicillinAntibiotic for chest infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, ear infections.Allergic reaction, liver / kidney problems etc.Diarrhoea, may cause nausea and vomiting.

Multipharm (2019).
AspirinPain relief, swelling and pain reduction, anti-inflammatory, blood thinner etc.Generally safe to take 16years+.Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, bleeding more difficult to control etc.

Aspar Pharmaceuticals Ltd (2018).
AtorvastatinTo lower bad cholesterol & fats such as LDL Avoid alcohol, high cholesterol foods.Muscle breakdown, liver function, may increase blood sugars.

Pfizer Ltd (2019).
BaclofenMuscle relaxation and reduces muscle spasms, pain and muscle stiffness.Chronic kidney disease, disorders of neck and sphincter mechanism etc.Drowsiness, may affect balance etc.

TEVA UK Ltd (2016).
Bisoprolol (beta-blocker)Hypertension, affects the heart & circulation for better blood flow.AV block, slow heart rhythm.Fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, fever, chest pain etc.

Sandoz Ltd (2019).
BendroflumethiazideA diuretic used to treat high blood pressure. Reduces oedema. Addison`s disease, hypercalcaemia, hyponatraemia etc.Dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, headaches etc.

Accord (2020).
BumetanideDiuretic which increases urination, to fight oedema.Low salt diet, kidney problems, first 3 months of pregnancy etcDehydration, low BP, high blood sugar levels, muscle cramps, joint pain etc.

Teva UK Ltd (2018).
BuscopanRelieves muscle cramps in the stomach, intestine, bladder etc.Enlarged bowel, paralytic / obstructive ileus etc. Dry mouth, increased heart rate, may effect urination etc.

Sanofi (2019).
Certirizine HydrochlorideAn antihistamine for hay fever reliefAllergic reaction to product or hydroxine, breastfeeding.Drowsiness, alcohol / tranquilisers may increase drowsiness.

Fannin (UK) (2015).
Co-AmoxiclavAntibiotic (used in combination) for respiratory tract infection, UTIs, dental, joint & bone infections. Drug allergy to penicillin, liver / kidney problems etc.Rash, nausea / vomiting, diarrhoea, thrush etc.

Milpharm Ltd (2018).
Codeine (opioid)Pain medication for mild / moderately severe pain.Allergic to drug, severe bronchial asthma or hypercarbiaBloating, chills, blurred visions, dizziness, constipation, tachycardia etc.
ClopidogrelPrevention of atherosclerotic events in peripheral heart disease.Active bleedingAbdominal pain, diarrhoea, gastro-intestinal bleeding etc.

Torrent Pharma UK Ltd (2018).
Co-CodomolMixture of Paracetamol & Codeine. Treats aches / pain, muscular pain, headaches. Usually taken other drugs do not work.Codeine and Paracetamol must not be taken together due to excess dosage.Skin rash, sensitivity, shortness of breath, sedation and dizziness etc.

Mercuary Pharma (2018).
CitalopramAntidepressant.Poorly controlled epilepsy.Dry mouth, anxiety, drowsiness,
Dry mouth, anxiety, drowsiness nausea, sleep problems etc.

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd (2017).
CarvedilolHigh blood pressure, heart failure.Asthma, cardiogenic shock, bradycardia etc.Nausea, peripheral coldness etc.

Milpharm Ltd (2017).
ColchicinTo treat gout. Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF).Pregnancy and breast feeding, Avoid grapefruit. Kidney / liver problems.Allergic reaction,
Stomach ache, bloody stools etc.

Accord (2019).
ColecalciferolVit D to help calcium absorption / low phosphate levels in bloodHigh calcium levelsAllergic to medication, rash etc.

Swiss Caps GmbH (2019).
Deltaparin (injection)
To treat / prevent blood clots from forming.Severe liver / kidney failure, trauma, with other medication such as aspirin, warfarin etc.Injection site reaction, haematoma, itching, allergic reactions etc.

Pfizar Ltd (2015).
DigoxinUsed to treat heart failure, AF by making the heart beat stronger.Intermittent heart block, 2nd degree heart block, VF, myocarditis etcDizziness, fainting, fast / slow heartbeat, blood in stools etc.

Accord (2018).
DiltiazemCalcium channel blocker for high Blood pressure, angina and certain heart arrhythmias, hyperthyroidism.Low blood pressure.Dizziness, weakness, tiredness, nausea, flushing etc.

Sanofi (2018).
DiazepamMuscle relaxant, anxiety and for difficulty sleeping etc.Allergic reaction, mental illness, severe sleeping problems, alcohol and drug abuse etc.Drowsiness, confusion, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, etc.

TEVA UK Ltd (2019).
DoxazosinHypertension, to improve urination in men (benign prostate hyperplasia)Micturition syncope, postural hypotension, overflow bladder, anuria.Chest pain, arrhythmias, hypotension, nausea, muscle complaints etc.
DexamethasoneCorticosteroid medication for rheumatic problems, skin diseases, asthma, allergies, chronic obstructive lung disease etc.Avoid live virus vaccinesBlurred vision, rapid weight gain, mood changes, and acne, dry and thinning skin etc.

Trotwood Pharma Ltd (2017).
EdoxabanInhibitor of activated factor X thus preventing prothrombin being converted to thrombin which prolongs clotting time.Active bleeding, gastro-intestinal ulceration, high risk of bleeding etc.Anaemia, haemorrhage, nausea, skin reactions etc.

Daiichi Sankyo UK Ltd (2019).
EpleneroneAldosterone blocking agent. Aldosterone produced by the body to control blood pressure and heart function. Used for heart failure etc.Kidney / liver disease, medication containing lithium, tacrolimus or cyclosporin for skin conditions.Nausea, vomiting, itching, back pain,
Dehydration, sore throat etc.

Accord Healthcare (2019).
Ferrous SulfateHelps to treat and prevent Iron deficiency.Sickle cell anaemia, stomach ulcer etc.Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, wheezing etc.

Actavis (2019).
Ferrous FumarateTo increase iron levels to maintain red blood cell production. To prevent iron deficiency anaemia.Stomach / duodenal ulcer, inflammatory bowel conditions, ulcerated colitis etc.Heartburn, nausea, vomiting,
Darker stools, diarrhoea / constipation etc.

Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd (2015).
Folic AcidType B Vitamin which helps the body to make new cells and helps to prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. Used to treat certain types of anaemia.May need tests to satisfy Folic Acid use if you have Kidney disease, infection, pernicious anaemia (B12 deficiency) and alcoholism.Appetite loss, nausea, bloating, bad taste in mouth, sleep disturbance, depression etc.

Crescent Pharma Ltd (2018).
FinasterideTo treat urinary problems concerned with enlarged prostate.Allergic to medication and not for use by females.Chills, cold sweats, confusion, dizziness, light-headedness when standing.

Cipla (EU) Ltd (2018).
FlucloxacillinTo treat skin and soft tissue infections. Respiratory tract infections etc.Contraindications to other meds, penicillin allergy.Rash, itchy skin, purpura (black heads on the skin) etc.

Milpharm Ltd (2017).
FurosemideOedema.Dehydration, hypovolaemia, renal failure, liver cirrhosis, may effect blood pressure.Gout, dermatitis, electrolyte disturbances, bone marrow depression, tinnitus / hearing loss, hypersensitivity etc.

Crescent Pharma Ltd (2016).
GabapentinFor nerve pain and epilepsy.Drug allergy, pain drug dependency.Sleepy, dizziness

Brown and Burk UK Ltd (2017).
GliclazideTreats type2 diabetes, lowers blood sugar through increasing insulin production.Drug allergy, ketoacidosis, breast feeding, need to stop pre-surgery.Hypoglycaemia, lethargy, dizziness, headaches etc.

Milpharm Ltd (2017).
Isosorbide MononitratePrevents angina / chest pain in coronary heart disease patients, nitrates widen blood vessels.Aortic stenosis, cardiac tamponade, cardiomyopathy, anaemia etc.Arrhythmias, flushing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, hypotension.

Relochem Ltd (2016).
HaloperidolAntipsychotic for schizophrenia. Normally taken at night.Dementia, Parkinson`s, central nervous conditions.May feel drowsy or less alert.

Crescent Pharma Ltd (2019).
LansoprazoleReduces stomach acid, heart burn, indigestion etc.Liver problems, allergic reaction to other meds, pregnancy & breast feeding.Headache, diarrhoea, stomach pain etc.

PLIVA Pharma Ltd (2017).
Lisinopril (Ace inhibitor).Used to treat hypertension and increase survival after a heart attack.Drug sensitivity.Dizziness, hypotension, increased blood urea. Headaches etc.

Actavis (2017).
LevothyroxineHelps to support / replace hormone secreted by the thyroid.Thyrotoxicosis, Increased pulse, increased BP, fever, fainting, difficulty / laboured breathing etc.

Actavis (2018).
LorazopamFor anxiety & sleep related problems.Chest / breathing problems, liver & kidney problems etc.Sleepiness, drowsiness etc.

Genethics Europe Ltd (2018).
LoratadineTreats hay fever, conjunctivitis, eczema, hives, food allergies etc.Severe liver failure, known allergy etc.Headaches, feeling tired / drowsy, nausea etc.

Teva Uk Ltd (2016).
LosartanHigh blood pressure and heart failure, to protect kidneys if you have kidney disease and diabetes.Allergic reaction, low blood pressure.Anaemia, hypoglycaemia, postural disorders, vomiting and nausea etc.

APL Swift Services Ltd
MebeverineRelief of IBS, is anti-spasmodic and relaxes muscles around the gut.Paralytic ileus.Rashes but rare.

Mylan Products Ltd (2016).
MetforminFor treating Type 2 diabetes, lowers blood sugars, improves how the body uses insulin.Hypersensitivity, chronic heart failure,
Severe renal disease.
Nausea, loss of appetite, metallic taste in mouth, diarrhoea etc.

Consilient Health ltd (2010).
NicorandilUsed to prevent and treat Angina chest pain. Increases blood flow to the heart.Hypotension, heart failure, kidney problems, pulmonary oedema etc.Headaches, weak / dizziness, nausea, hypotension etc.

Dexcel Pharma Ltd (2016).
NitrofurantoinAntibiotic for UTIs and kidney infectionsDiabetes, kidney disease, anaemia & vitamin B deficiencyNausea, headaches, appetite loss, etc.

Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd (2019).
OdansetronSleeping tablet to treat insomnia.Allergic reaction, liver or kidney problems, myasthenia (muscle weakness) etc.Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, constipation etc.

Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd (2019).
OmeprozoleAcid reduction in stomach, for indigestion, heart burn, acid reflux.Medication allergy.Nausea, constipation, stomach pain etc.

AstraZenecar Ltd (2017).
ParacetamolTreats pain & fever / pyrexiaKnown allergy, Patients-50kg – 500mg. Above 50kg can take 1g. Do not exceed daily dose.Nausea, vomiting and constipation.

Galpharm Healthcare Ltd (2019).
PrednisoloneA corticosteroid – for allergies, skin infections / disorders, blood disorders.Infections, breast feeding, pregnancy,Stomach issues, insomnia, increased restlessness etc.

Co-pharma (2017).
ProzacRestores chemical imbalance in the brain to reduce depression, anxiety or OCD.Drug allergy, suicidal thoughts must be closely monitored may need medication review.Fidgety, restlessness, anxiety, diarrhoea, headaches, irregular heart rate etc.

Accord (2019).
PregabalinFor nerve pain, epilepsy, anxiety.Medicine addiction, allergic reaction, pregnant, breast feeding, poor kidney function etc.Headaches, sleepiness, diarrhoea, increased appetite.

Generics (UK) Ltd (2018).
Quinine SulphateNocturnal leg cramps & Malaria.Optic neuritis, tinnitus, Haemoglobinuria.Abdominal pain, hearing loss, skin reactions etc.

Wockhardt UK Ltd (2018).
For treating / preventing blood clots in certain patients with AF. Initial treatment of DVT, pulmonary embolism.Drug allergy, kidney problems caused by liver disease, liver problems, brain surgery, TIA etc.Mild bleeding, allergic reaction, black / tarry stools, shortness of breath, headaches, chest pain, fatigue etc.

Bayer AG (2019).
RivastigmineImproves function of nerve cells to the brain. Used to treat dementia.Known allergy, comes as a tablet or patch. If allergic to patch must not take oral.Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, depression.

Rosemount Pharmaceuticals Ltd (2019).
RanolozineChronic angina (chest pain), improves blood flow to the heart.Medication allergy,
hypotension etc.
Constipation, dizziness, nausea, light headedness etc.

Menarini International (2017).
RamiprilUsed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Often prescribed following a heart attack. Helps to prevent strokes / heart attacks and kidney problems. Medication allergy,
hypotension etc.
Pregnant, can cause low blood sugars so diabetics need to regularly check BMs.
Dry irritating cough, dizziness, light headedness, hypotension etc.

Crescent Pharma (2018).
SimvastatinTo lower cholesterol I you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Prevents heart disease and strokes.Drug allergy, do not take with grapefruit,
Very few side-effects.

Crescent Pharma (2018).
SpirolactoneFluid retention, oedema in heart failure, Reduces salt absorption & maintains potassium levels.Drug allergy, hypotension etc.Irregular heartbeat, dizziness, constipation, headaches, nausea etc.

Accord (2020).
StemitilCorrects chemical imbalances in the brain which in turn helps to prevent nausea and vomiting.Adrenal tumour, dementia patients as can increase stroke risk, breast feeding as can be passed on to the infant etc.Low bp, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, skin rashes, shaking / twitching etc.

Sanofi (2015).
TamsulosinReduces tension in the smooth muscle of the prostate & urethra, allowing Severe liver function, hypersensitivity, postural hypotension etc.Constipation, nausea, rash, weakness, vomiting etc.

Actavis (2017).
Trajenta (Linagliptin)To treat Type 2 diabetes mellitusMedication allergy, pancreatic problems.Headaches, nausea, joint pain, back pain etc.

Boehinger Ingelheim (2019).
TramadolTreats moderate to severe pain.Allergic reaction, suffer with seizures, kidney / liver problems etc.Unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, tiredness, drowsiness etc.

Milpharm Ltd (2018).
WarfarinAnticoagulant: used to treat blood clots and DVTs, pulmonary embolism and stroke prevention in those with AF.High INR, pregnancy, high blood pressure.Heavier bleeding, joint pain & swelling, red / brown coloured urine, black / bloody stool.

Sun Pharmaceutical (2019).
ZopicloneSleeping tablet to treat insomnia.Allergic reaction, liver and kidney problems, myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness) etc.Metallic taste in the mouth, dry mouth, daytime sleepiness.

Merkle GmbH, Graf-Arco Strase (2018).



Accord Healthcare Ltd, (2017) Amiodarone 100mg Tablets, Amiodarone 200mg Tablets (Amiodarone Hydrochloride) [Leaflet]. North Harrow: Accord Healthcare Ltd.

Accord Healthcare Ltd, (2019) Colchicine Tiofarma 500 mcg Tablets [Leaflet]. North Harrow: Accord Heathcare Ltd.

Accord Healthcare Ltd, (2019) Eplenerone 25mg film-coated tablets, Eplenerone 50mg film-coated tablets [Leaflet]. North Harrow: Accord Healthcare Ltd.

Accord, (2020) Bendroflumethiazide 2.5mg and 5mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Barnstable: Accord.

Accord, (2018) Digoxin 62.5 mcgs, 125 mcgs and 250 mcgs tablets [Leaflet]. Barnstable: Accord.

Accord, (2019) Prozac Fluoxatine 20mg Capsules (Fluoxatine Hydrochloride) [Leaflet]. Barnstable: Accord.

Accord, (2020) Spirolactone 25mg, 50mg and 100mg tablets [Leaflet]. Barnstaple: Accord.

Actavis, (2018) Amlodipine 5mg and 10mg tablets Amlodipine mesilate monohydrate [Leaflet]. Barnstaple: Actavis.

Actavis, (2019) Ferrous Sulfate 200mg tablets [Leaflet]. Barnstaple: Actavis.

Actavis, (2018) Levothyroxine 50 micrograms and 100 micrograms tablets [Leaflet]. Barnstable: Actavis.

Actavis, (2017) Lisinopril 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg and 20mg tablets [2017]. Barnstaple: Actavis.

Actavis, (2017) Pamsvax XL 400 micrograms Capsules tamsulosin hydrochloride [Leaflet]. Hafnarfjour: Actavis.

APL Swift Services (Malta) Ltd, (2018) Losartan potassium 25mg film-coated tablets [Leaflet]. Birzobuggia: APL Swift Services (Malta) Ltd.

Aspar Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (2018) Aspirin Tablets 300mg [Leaflet]. London: Aspar Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

AstraZeneca UK Ltd, (2017) Losec MUPS 10mg gastrointestinal tablets / 20mg gastrointestinal tablets / 40mg gastrointestinal tablets omeprazole [Leaflet]. Luton: AstraZeneca Ltd.

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, (2017) Citalopram 10mg film-coated tablets Citalopram 20mg, Citalopram 40mg [Leaflet]. South Ruislip: Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, (2020) Naproxen Tablets BP 250 mg Naproxen Tablets 500 BP mg [Leaflet]. South Ruislip: Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.

Bayer AG, (2019) Xeralto 10mg film-coated tablets rivaroxaban [Leaflet]. Leverkusan: Bayer AG.

Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, (2019) Trajenta 5mg film-coated tablets Linagliptin [Leaflet]. Rhein: Boehinger Ingelheim International GmbH.

Bristol Laboratories Ltd, (2018) Doxazosin 1mg, 2mg and 4mg [Leaflet]. Berkhampsted: Bristol Laboratories Ltd.

Bristol-Myers, (2019) Eliquis 2.5mg film coated tablets apixaban [Leaflet]. Dublin: Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer EEIG.

Brown and Burk UK, (2017) Gabapentin Brown and Burk 100mg Capsules [Leaflet]. Middlesex: Brown and Burk Ltd.

Cadila Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Ltd, (2019) Odansetron 4mg and 8mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Harrow: Cadila Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Ltd.

Cipla (EU) Ltd, (2018) Finasteride 5mg film coated tablets [Leaflet]. Surry: Cipla (EU) Ltd.

Co-pharma, (2019) Predisolone Tablets BP 1mg and 5mg [Leaflet]. Watford: Co-pharma.

Consilient Health Ltd, (2010) Glucient SR 500mg prolonged-release tablets metformin hydrochloride [Leaflet]. Dublin: Consilient Health Ltd.

Crescent Pharma Ltd, (2019) Amitriptyline Tablets 25mg [Leaflet]. Overton: Crescent Pharma Ltd.

Crescent Pharma Ltd, (2016) Atenolol Tablets 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg [Leaflet]. Overton: Crescent Pharma Ltd.

Crescent Pharma Ltd, (2016) Furosemide Tablets 20mg and 40mg [Leaflet]. Overton: Crescent Pharma Ltd.

Crescent Pharma Ltd, (2018) Folic Acid 5mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Overton: Crescent Pharma Ltd.

Crescent Pharma Ltd, (2019) Haloperidol Tablets 0.5mg, 1.5mg. 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg [Leaflet]. Overton: Crescent Pharma Ltd.

Crescent Pharma Ltd, (2018) Ramipril 1.25mg, 2.5 mg.5mg.and 10 mg [Leaflet]. Overton: Crescent Pharma Ltd.

Crescent Pharma Ltd, (2018) Simvastatin 10mg, 20mg & 40mg [Leaflet]. Overton: Crescent Pharma Ltd.

Daiichi Sankyo UK Ltd, (2019) Lixiana 15mg, Lixiana 30mg, Lixiana 60mg film coated tablets [Leaflet]. Plaffenhofen: Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH.

Dexcel Pharma Ltd, (2016) Nicorandil 10mg Tablets & Nicorandil 20mg [Leaflet]. Daventry: Dexcel Pharma Ltd.

Dexcel Pharma Ltd, (2019) Risperidone 0.5mg, 1mg, 2mg, 3mg, 4mg, 6mg Film-coated [Leaflet]. Daventry: Dexcel Pharma Ltd.

Fannin (UK) Ltd, (2020) Cetirizine Hydrochloride 5mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Wellingborough: Faninn (UK) Ltd.

Galpharm Healthcare Ltd, (2019) Paracetamol 500mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Braunton: Galpharm Healthcare Ltd.

Generics UK Ltd, (2018) Alendronic Acid 70mg Tablets sodium alendronate [Leaflet]. Potters Bar: Generics UK Ltd.

Generics UK Ltd, (2018) Pregabalin Mylan 25mg hard capsules [Leaflet]. Potters Bar: Generics UK Ltd.

Genethics Europe Ltd, (2018) Lorazepam 1mg and 2.5mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Nicosia: Genethics Europe Ltd.

Kyowa Kinn Ltd, (2017) Adacal –D3 Chewable Tablets Calcium carbonate (1500) and vitamin D3 (400I.U) [Leaflet}. Kyowa Kinn Ltd.

Menarini International, (2016) Renexa 375mg prolonged release, 500 prolonged release, 750 prolonged release Ranolazine [Leaflet]. Luxambourg: Menarini International.

Merkle GmbH,Ludwig-Merkle-Strasse, (2018) Zopliclone 3.75 mg, 7.5mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Blaubaran: Merkle GmbH.Ludwig-Merkle-Strasse.

Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (2015) Ferrous Fumarate 210mg Tablets [Leaflet]. London: Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (2019) Macrobid 100mg Prolonged-release Capsules Nitrofurantoin [Leaflet]. London: Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (2018) Zapain 30mg, 500mg Tablets Codeine Phosphate / Paracetamol [Leaflet]. London: Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Milpharm Ltd, (2019) Amoxicillin 250mg Capsules and Amoxicillin 500mg Capsules (Amoxicillin) [Leaflet]. South Ruislip:

Milpharm Ltd, (2017) Carvedilol 3.125mg, Carvedilol 6.25mg, Carvedilol 12.5mg, Carvedilol 25mg film-coated [Leaflet]. South Ruislip: Milpharm Ltd.Ltd.

Milpharm Ltd, (2018) Co-amoxiclav 500mg/125mg film-coated tablets (Amoxicillin / Clavulanic acid) [Leaflet]. South Ruislip: Milpharm Ltd.

Milpharm Ltd, (2017) Gliclazide 80mg Tablets (gliclazide) [Leaflet]. South Ruislip: Milpharm Ltd.

Milpharm Ltd, (2017) Flucloxacilllin 250mg Capsules BP, Flucloxacillin 500mg Tablets [Leaflet]. South Ruislip: Milpharm Ltd.

Milpharm Ltd, (2018) Tramadol 50mg capsules Tramadol hydrochloride [Leaflet]. South Ruislip: Milpharm Ltd.

Mylan Products Ltd, (2016) Colofac Tablets 135mg Mebeverine hydrochloride [Leaflet]. Potters Bar: Mylan Products Ltd.

Noumed Life Sciences Ltd, (2018) Ranitidine 150mg Tablets, Ranitidine 300mg Tablets (ranitidine hydrochloride) [Leaflet]. Maidenhead: Noumaed Life Sciences Ltd.

Pfizer Ltd, (2015) Deltaparin Fragmin 10,000 IU/0.4 ml, 12,500 IU/0.5ml [Leaflet]. Kent: Pfizer Ltd.

Pfizer Ltd, (2019) Atorvastatin 10mg, 20mg, 40mg & 80mg film-coated tablets [Leaflet]. Kent: Pfizer Ltd.

PLIVA Pharma Ltd, (2017) Lansoprazole 15mg gastro-resistant tablets, Lansoprazole 30mg gastro-resistant tablets [Leaflet]. Castleford: PLIVA Pharma Ltd.

Relonchem Ltd, (2016) Relosorb XL 60mg Tablets Isosorbide 5-momnitrate [Leaflet]. Widnes: Relonchem Ltd.

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (2019)  Rivastigmine Rosemont 2mg/mL Oral Solution [Leaflet]. Leeds: Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Sandoz Ltd, (2019) Bisoprolol Fumarate 1.25mg, 2.5mg, 3.75mg and 7.5mg Film coated Tablets [Leaflet]. Camberley: Sandoz Ltd.

Sanofi, (2019) Buscopan 10mg tablets (hyoscine butylbromide) [Leaflet]. Guildford: Sanofi.

Sanofi, (2018) Tildiem 60mg Modified-Release Tablets Diltiazem hydrochloride [Leaflet]. Guildford: Sanofi.

Sanofi, (2015) Stemetil 5mg Tablets prochlorperazine maleate [Leaflet]. Guildford: Sanofi.

Swiss Caps GmbH, (2019) Fultium-D3 800 IU Capsules (Coleraciferol) [Leaflet]. Huddersfield: Internis Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (2019) Warfarin 0.5,1,3 and 5mg Tablets (Warfarin Sodium) [Leaflet]. Hoofddorp: Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

TEVA UK Ltd, (2019) Allopurinol 100 and 300mg tablets [Leaflet]. Eastbourne: TEVA UK Ltd.

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TEVA UK Ltd, (2018) Bumetanide 1mg and 5mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Eastbourne: TEVA UK Ltd.

TEVA UL Ltd, (2019) Diazepam 2mg, 5mg, and 10mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Eastbourne: TEVA UK Ltd.

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Trotwood Pharma Ltd, (2017) Dexamethasone 500mcg Dexamethasone 2mg Tablets [Leaflet]. Odiham: Trotwood Pharma Ltd.

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Whether you are a Podiatry member or are looking to join us, we want to ensure you’re aware of what The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (IOCP) has to offer by answering some of your frequently asked questions and reminding you of the key benefits of our membership and insurance.

Q: Are members of the IOCP HCPC registered?

A: Yes. Membership of the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is only open to practitioners registered with the Health and care Professions Council (HCPC) who meet the HCPC conditions for registration. Members may use the protected titles of Chiropodist and/or Podiatrist.  As a condition of membership it is mandatory to undertake to adhere to the Institutes strict code of ethics and professional conduct which is supplementary to the requirements of the HCPC.

Q: What makes you different to other organisations?

A: The Institute is a democratic organisation with the election of officers both local and national being decided bi-annually by members. All members therefore play an active role in their own affairs. For more than 80 years the Institute, and its precursor the Joint Council of Chiropodists, has followed an independent line at the forefront of the profession it serves, for the progress and well-being of both the profession and the public.

Q: As an individual member do my opinions count? Do I really have a voice?

A: We are a truly  democratic organisation managed for members by a democratically elected executive board of members, who are themselves active clinicians , we listen and act upon your feedback.  Each member has a voice, as a member with us you are able to raise concerns and or queries at Regional levels or at our National AGM where there is a designated question time for members to raise questions. In addition, you can always contact the full-time staff at Head Office who operate under the direction of the elected board.

Q: Can I be a member of the IOCP and have membership elsewhere?

A: Yes. The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is open to ALL HCPC registered professionals.

Q: What designatory letters can I use after my name?

A: If you are a full member of the IOCP and HCPC registered you can use MInstChP. Fellows can use FInstChP and consultant fellows of the Institute Faculty of Podiatric Medicine FPodM.

Q: How much of my membership fee does the institute spend on paying staff and directors instead of using it for the direct benefit of members?

A: We naturally have to have full – time administration staff who are paid the average wage for such jobs. Staff numbers are kept to the bare minimum necessary to look after member’s needs. All directors and other officers are voted in biannually from the membership, by the membership. They volunteer their services freely and receive no payment for such services nor payment for loss of earnings when on IOCP business, they may claim actual ‘out of pocket’ expenses for items such as travel to meetings and basic overnight accommodation in a Travelodge or similar, but that is all.

Q: Does the IOCP support Foot Health Practitioners (FHP)?

A: The IOCP acknowledges the valuable support FHP’s provide to our profession and although we do not allow FHP’s membership of the IOCP we do support their work through The College of Foot Health provided each individual can demonstrate a level of recognised training, practice and ethics that meet high standards.

Q: What do you insure?

A: Our insurance is bespoke to your needs. We currently offer 4 levels of cover which ranges from basic Podiatry skills to diagnostic ultrasound and Cryoanalgesia Treatment. Please see our Insurance page

Q: I want to use leading-edge therapies that seem to fall outside the usual podiatry indemnity insurance products, can the IOCP help me?

A: With a background stretching back some eighty years from our founding in 1938 as The Joint Council of Chiropodists of Great Britain and Ireland, we have vast experience of the changes in the level of practice in Chiropody / Podiatry and Insurers value the excellent claims record of our responsible membership. We have what many regards as the widest range of ‘standard’ indemnity insurance cover in UK podiatry and our specialist brokers can usually offer individually tailored quotations for the ‘different’ therapies via specialist underwriters.

Q: I qualified as a Chiropodist but also have qualifications in Reflexology and applying Paraffin Wax to the Hands and Feet.  Is there an insurance policy to cover all 3 or do I have to keep them separate?

A: We have a comprehensive range of professional indemnity insurances that are appropriate to individual levels of practice, there are 4 standard levels of cover, all you need to do is choose which one covers your needs and pay the appropriate premium. In addition we may be able to facilitate bespoke underwriting for therapies and procedures that may lie outside the mainstream.

Q: Do I have to attend all of the education/courses at our National Training Centre, as I live over 7 hours away?

A: Not at all, although we run many specialist courses at the Nation Training Centre many are also run regionally.  You can access these via our website, contacting Head Office or there will be details in your Podiatry Review.

Q: Are there any opportunities to meet up with like-minded individuals for educational, trade and social events?

A: Regional seminars or great for this purpose or you may like to attend our National AGM at the NEC in Birmingham this year.

Q: Can I get questions answered out of office hours?

A: We have an excellent support network through either regional support links or try our members only forum.

Q: Are there any opportunities as a member to expand my knowledge and broaden my horizons?  As an experienced practitioner of 30+ years I would like to give something back.

A: The IOCP have a team of hard-working National Officers, who stand for a period of 2 years.  We are always looking for new, energetic and hardworking members to continue to ensure the smooth running and longevity of the organisation.   The criteria is a minimum of 5 years as an IOCP member and they must be H.C.P.C. Registered.


  • MaPP . The Medicines and Procedures Panel is led by an experienced chair and includes senior academics, consultant Podiatrists, Podiatrist Independent Prescribers and Podiatric Surgeons. It can provide measured and considered advice to members who may wish to have guidance on new or novel therapies, therapeutic agents or other treatments.
  • We work hard to bring you all the latest industry news and work with various trade partners to offer special rates and benefits for members, as well as with key organisations to inform you of the latest MUST attend events!
  • Free “find a practitioner” listing on our website
  • Quarterly issues of our Podiatry Review, which can contribute towards your CPD.
  • Business Support from our advice partners.
  • CPD courses requested by you!