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Over The Counter Medication

Over The Counter Medication 

Some medications are no longer available on prescription, you will be advised to purchase these from your local pharmacy or supermarket.

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for certain medicines that are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket, even if you qualify for free prescriptions. This applies to treatments for these conditions:

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

For further information, click here to go to the NHS Website.



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