Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of short-term, minor health concerns.

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

The team of qualified healthcare professionals at your local pharmacy can offer clinical advice to safely and effectively manage minor health concerns. This includes:

  • Acute sore throat
  • Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea (adults)
  • Dry eyes / sore tired eyes
  • Infant colic
  • Infrequent constipation
  • Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mild acne
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Excessive sweating
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Head lice
  • Cradle cap
  • Earwax
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Mild cystitis
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Mild dry skin
  • Mild irritant dermatitis
  • Mild to moderate hay fever
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Minor pain, discomfort and fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
  • Teething / mild toothache
  • Threadworms
  • Travel sickness
  • Prevention of tooth decay
  • Ringworm / athletes foot
  • Sunburn
  • Sun protection
  • Warts and verrucae

For more information and support, visit nhs.uk/OTCmedicines.