Over The Counter Medication

The following medication can be purchased from a Community Pharmacy and will not be routinely prescribed by the practice for self-limiting conditions:


  • Paracetamol tablets / caplets / capsules / suspension
  • Ibuprofen tablets / capsules / suspension
  • Co-codamol 8mg/500mg tablets / capsules
  • Topical analgesics: ibuprofen, diclofenac, methyl salicylate

Cough and Cold:

  • Decongestants
  • Simple linctus
  • Sore throat treatments
  • Normal saline nasal sprays / drops

Antihistamines and Allergy:

  • Oral antihistamines: chlorphenamine, cetirizine, loratadine, acrivastine
  • Allergy and steroid nasal sprays: beclomethasone / fluticasone (*18 years and over)
  • Allergy eye drops: sodium cromoglycate, nedocromil

Vaginal Thrush (16 to 60 years; maximum 2 episodes in 6 months):

  • Clotrimazole cream and pessaries
  • Fluconazole 150mg capsule


  • Constipation: lactulose, senna, docusate, bisacodyl (tablets and suppositories), ispaghula husk, glycerine suppositories
  • Diarrhoea: loperamide, rehydration sachets

Haemorrhoids (Cream, ointment and suppositories):

  • Local anaesthetics and astringents: lidocaine, benzocaine, cinchocaine, zinc oxide
  • Corticosteroids: hydrocortisone


  • Emollients
  • Corticosteroids for short courses (15g, 7 days treatment): Hydrocortisone 1% (*10 years and over), clobetasone (*12 years and over)
  • Fungal treatments (topical): clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine, ketoconazole
  • Fungal nail paints - warts and verruca: salicylic acid, freeze treatment

Heartburn & Indigestion:

  • Antacids and alginates

Cold Sore Treatments:

  • Aciclovir cream

Teething & Mouth Ulcers:

  • Teething gels and pastes
  • Mouth ulcer treatments

Head lice and Threadworm treatments

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