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:
- Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
- Dry eyes/ sore tired eyes
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Infrequent cold sores of the lip
- Mild to moderate hay fever
- Minor pain, discomfort and fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
- Prevention of tooth decay