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Self Care

Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing.  Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter (OTC) medicines for a range of minor health conditions.

Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.

The team of health professional at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggests it is more serious, they will ensure you get the care you need.

Find out more about his change to prescription policy at

This applies to treatments for the following self-limiting and minor health conditions:   

  •     Acute sore throat
  •     Conjunctivitis
  • Coughs and colds and nasal congestion
  •  Cradle cap (Seborrhoeic dermatitis – infants)
  •  Dandruff
  •  Diarrhoea (adults)
  •  Dry eyes/ sore tired eyes
  •  Earwax
  •  Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  •  Haemorrhoids
  •  Head lice
  •  Indigestion and heartburn
  •  Infant colic
  •  Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  •  Infrequent constipation
  •  Infrequent migraine
  •  Insect bites and stings
  •  Mild acne
  •  Mild cystitis
  •  Mild dry skin
  •  Mild irritant dermatitis
  •     Mild to moderate hay fever/seasonal rhinitis
  •     Minor burns and scalds Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/or fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
  •  Mouth ulcers
  •  Nappy rash
  •  Oral thrush
  •  Prevention of dental caries
  •  Ringworm/ Athlete's foot
  •  Sun protection
  •  Sunburn due to excessive sun exposure
  •  Teething/ mild toothache
  •  Threadworms
  •  Travel sickness
  •  Warts and verrucae

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