This website uses cookies to function correctly.
You may delete cookies at any time but doing so may result in some parts of the site not working correctly.

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 professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.

 

Find out more about this change to prescription policy at nhs.uk/OTCmedicines

 

This applies to treatments for these conditions:



    • Acute sore throat

    • Conjunctivitis

    • Coughs, colds and nasal congestion

    • Cradle cap

    • Dandruff

    • Diarrhoea (adults)

    • Dry eyes/ sore tired eyes

    • Earwax

    • Excessive sweating

    • Haemorrhoids

    • Head lice

    • Indigestion and heartburn

    • Infant colic

    • Infrequent cold sores of the lip

    • Infrequent constipation

    • Infrequent migraine

    • Insect bites and stings

    • Mild acne

    • Minor burns and scalds

    • Mild cystitis

    • Mild dry skin

    • Mild irritant dermatitis

    • Mild to moderate hay fever

    • Minor pain, discomfort and fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)

    • Mouth ulcers

    • Nappy rash

    • Oral thrush

    • Prevention of tooth decay

    • Ringworm/ athletes foot

    • Sunburn

    • Sun protection

    • Teething/ mild toothache

    • Threadworms

    • Travel sickness

    • Warts and verrucae

Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website