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MEDICINES FOR SELF-CARE

Your GP practice has been advised to no longer prescribe these medicines. You may seek healthcare advice from your community Pharmacy or practice, which may include a recommendation for you to self-care by purchasing your own medicines:

  • Pain killers for minor aches and pains including Soluble pain killers ( high salt content)
  • Hay fever preparations and Nasal decongestants (and Sterimar)
  • Cough and cold remedies
  • Tonic, vitamin, and health supplements eg Vitamin D
  • Treatments for non-serious constipation or diarrhoea
  • Ear wax removers (a few drops of olive oil is just as good as anything on prescription)
  • Treatments for minor facial spots
  • Threadworm tablets
  • Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes
  • Slimming preparations (except within national guidelines)
  • Creams, gels, oils and dressings for minor sprains, sports injuries and scars
  • Indigestion remedies for occasional use
  • Creams for bruising, tattoos, varicose veins and scars and hair removal creams
  • Nappy rash barrier creams and Antiperspirants
  • Head lice lotions and shampoos (wet combing is recommended)
  • Topical treatments for vaginal thrush and athletes foot
  • Treatments for fungal skin, nail infections and dandruff
  • Moisturisers, bath additives and sun creams for minor skin conditions
  • Foods and toilet preparations except where clinically indicated e.g. cakes, mixes & biscuits; ready-made thickened juices; soya milks
  • Homeopathic remedies
  • Travel medicines

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Below is a list of useful medicines and dressings. All are quite inexpensive and worth stocking at home.

Keep all medicines locked-up and out of the reach of children.

Paracetamol / Aspirin: For adults or children over 12. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.

Paracetamol Mixture: For relief of pain or fever in young children

Sedative Cough Linctus: For dry or painful coughs - but not coughs caused by common colds.

Menthol Crystals: Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.

Vapour Rub: Again, for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest and nose

Antiseptic Solution: One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.

Antiseptic Cream: For treating septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.

Calamine Lotion: For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites and stings and sunburn.

Dressing Strips: For minor cuts.

3" Wide Crepe Bandage: To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.

Gauze Squares: For cleaning cuts and grazes.

Thermometer: For fevers

 

 

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