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Over-The-Counter Medication

             NHS England has introduced guidance regarding

Over-The-Counter medication. 

For examples of products we would ask you to buy, please see below.

 

 

Condition/Item

Example products

Probiotics

Probiotic sachets

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin B compound tablets, Vitamin C effervescent 1g tablets,

Multivitamin preparations.

Acute Sore Throat

Lozenges or throat sprays

Cold Sores

Antiviral cold sore cream

Conjunctivitis

Antimicrobial eye drops and eye ointment.

Coughs and Colds and Nasal Congestion

Cough mixtures or linctus,

Saline nose drops,

Menthol vapour rubs,

Cold and flu capsules or sachets.

Cradle Cap

Emulsifying ointment,

Shampoos

Haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoid creams, ointments and suppositories.

Infant Colic

Simethicone suspensions

lactase drops

Mild Cystitis

Sodium bicarbonate or potassium citrate granules

Contact Dermatitis

Emollients,

Steroid creams.

Dandruff

Antidandruff shampoos

Antifungal shampoos

Diarrhoea (Adults)

Loperamide 2mg capsules

Rehydration sachets,

Dry Eyes/Sore(tired) eyes

Eye drops for sore tired eyes

Hypromellose 0.3% eye drops

Earwax

Drops containing sodium bicarbonate, hydrogen peroxide, olive oil or almond oil.

Excessive sweating (mild – moderate hyperhidrosis)

Aluminium chloride sprays, roll-ons, solutions.

Head Lice

Creams or lotions for head lice

Indigestion and Heartburn

Antacid tablets or liquids

Ranitidine 150mg Tablets

OTC proton pump inhibitors e.g. omeprazole 10mg capsules.

Sodium alginate, calcium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate liquids.

Infrequent Constipation

Bisacodyl tablets 5mg

Ispaghula Husk granules

Lactulose solution

 

Infrequent Migraines

Migraine tablets

Painkillers

Anti-sickness tablets

Insect bites and stings

Steroid creams or creams for itching.

Mild Acne

Benzoyl peroxide products

Salicylic acid products

Mild Dry Skin

Emollient creams, ointments and lotions

Sunburn/Sun Protection

After sun cream

Sun creams

Mild to Moderate Hay fever/Seasonal Rhinitis

Antihistamine tablets or liquids.

Steroid nasal sprays

Sodium cromoglicate eye drops

Minor Burns and Scalds

Antiseptic Burns Cream,

Cooling burn gel.

Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever. (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)

Paracetamol 500mg tablets,

Ibuprofen 400mg tablets,

NSAID topical creams or gels

Paracetamol Suspension

Mouth Ulcers

Antimicrobial mouthwash

Nappy Rash

Nappy rash creams

Prevention of dental caries

Fluoride toothpastes

Mouthwashes

Ringworm/Athletes foot

Athlete's Foot Cream

Antifungal creams or sprays

Teething/Mild Toothache

Antiseptic pain relieving gel

Clove Oil

Painkillers

Threadworms

Mebendazole 100mg tablets

Travel Sickness Tablets

Travel sickness tablets

Warts and Verrucae

Creams, gels, skin paints and medicated plasters containing salicylic acid

dimethyl ether propane cold spray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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