Over-The-Counter Medication

We are under mounting pressure to ensure we are using NHS resources responsibly.

We will be increasingly asking you to buy medication that is readily available over the counter.

This is already established practice in other health centre within the locality.  We would be grateful for your support in this.

Further to this, NHS England has introduced guidance regarding Over-The-Counter medication.

For examples of products we would ask you to buy, please click the following link.

Over-The-Counter Medication List 

What Should Be In Your Medicine Cabinet

Health Professional urge the public to keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

Health professionals across Morecambe Bay are urging people to ensure they have a fully stocked medicine cabinet at home.

A well-stocked medicine cabinet can help treat many common illnesses and ailments and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society recommends you include the following in your medicine cabinet:

  • a first aid kit including bandages, plasters, thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape for dressings and tweezers.
  • Pain relief such as Aspirin, Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for aches, pains and high temperatures.
  • Oral rehydration salts to replace lost minerals and fluid after a fever or vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets to relieve symptoms of diarrhoea (though these will not help with the underlying cause).
  • Antihistamines which can help with allergies.
  • Indigestion relief remedies.

Dr Alex Gaw the Clinical Chair for NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Our advice to people is to ensure their medicine cabinets have everyday remedies for minor illness as well as ensuring they have any regular medication they may require for any ongoing conditions they may have."

"Don't forget your local pharmacy can help with many ailments such as coughs, colds, eczema, hay fever or period pain."

"They can give advice and where appropriate recommend medicines."

Better Care Together has also created a film with Dr Jim Hacking discussing what should be in your medicine cabinet. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dzdXLfVsyU

If you're not sure which over-the-counter medicines to take with your regular medication, you can talk to a pharmacist for advice. 

What Should Be In Your Medicine Cabinet

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