Over The Counter Medications

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Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of short-term, minor health concerns. Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.

Many pharmacies are open during evenings and weekends, so they are a convenient place to get health advice instead of waiting for a GP appointment. Almost all pharmacies have a private consultation room. You can find your nearest pharmacy and get advice and information on how to treat a range of common ailments by visiting www.nhs.uk

GPs, nurses or pharmacists will also generally no longer prescribe probiotics and some vitamins and minerals. You can get these from eating a healthy, varied and balanced diet, or buy them at your pharmacy or supermarket.

Self-Care of Common Illnesses

The team of qualified healthcare professionals at your local pharmacy can offer clinical advice to safely and effectively manage minor health concerns. This includes:

Athletes foot
Acute sore throat
Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
Cradle cap
Diarrhoea (adults)
Dry eyes / sore tired eyes
Excessive sweating
Head lice
Indigestion and heartburn
Infant colic
Infrequent cold sores of the lip
Infrequent constipation
Infrequent migraine
Insect bites and stings
Mild acne
Minor burns and scalds
Mild cystitis
Mild dry skin
Mild irritant dermatitis
Mild to moderate hay fever
Minor pain, discomfort and fever
Mouth ulcers
Nappy rash
Oral thrush
Prevention of tooth decay
Sun protection
Teething and mild toothache
Travel sickness
Warts and verrucae

Be Prepared

Check your medicine cabinet and make sure you have the following basics to hand when you need them. Any out-of-date medicines should be returned to your pharmacy.

  • Painkillers (tablets and liquids), such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines for allergies
  • Rub-on painkilling gel
  • Oral rehydration sachets
  • Indigestion remedies
  • Laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine
  • Cream or spray to treat insect bites, stings, cuts and grazes
  • Plasters and dressings

By keeping a selection of essential medications at home you can treat common conditions in a timely manner, avoid unnecessary trips to see your doctor or visits to A&E. For more information visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk/OTCmedicines