Over The Counter Medicine

NHS England has introduced guidance regarding over the counter medication.

Please see below for examples of products we would ask you to buy:


  • Probiotics – Probiotic sachets
  • Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin B compound tablets, Vitamin C effervescent 1g tablets, Multivitamin preparations
  • Acute Sore Throat – Lozengers or throat sprays
  • Cold Sores – Antiviral cold sore cream
  • Conjunctivitis – Antimicrobial eye drops and eye ointment
  • Coughs, Colds and Nasal Congestion – Cough mixtures or linctus, Saline nose drops, Menthol vapour rubs, Cold and flu capsules or sachets
  • Cradle Cap – Emulsifying ointment, shampoos
  • Haemorrhoids – Haemorrhoid creams, ointments and suppositories
  • Infant Colic – Simethicone suspensions, lactase drops
  • Mild Cystitis – Sodium bicarbonate or potassium citrate granules
  • Contact Dermatitis – Emollients, steroid creams
  • Dandruff – Antidandruff shampoos, antifungal shampoos
  • Diarrhoea (Adults) – Loperamide 2mg capsules, rehydration sachets
  • Dry eyes/ sore (tired) eyes – Eye drops for sore tired eyes, hypromellose 0.3% eyedrops
  • Earwax – Drops containing sodium bicarbonate, hydrogen peroxide, olive oil or almond oil
  • Excessive sweating (mild – moderate hyperhidrosis) – Aluminium chloride sprays, roll-ons, solutions
  • Head Lice – Creams or lotions for head lice
  • Indigestion and heartburn – Antacid tablets or liquids,Ranitidine 150mg Tablets, OTC proton pump inhibitors e.g. omeprazole 10mg capsules, sodium alginate, calcium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate liquids
  • Infrequent Constipation – Bisacodyl tablets 5mg, ispaghula Husk granules, lactulose solution
  • Infrequent Migraines – Migraine tablets, painkillers, anti-sickness tablets
  • Insect bites and stings – Steroid creams or creams for itching
  • Mild Acne – Benzoyl peroxide products, salicylic acid products
  • Mild Dry Skin – Emollient creams, ointments and lotions
  • Sunburns/ sun protection – After sun care, suncreams
  • Mild to Moderate Hayfever/ Seasonal Rhinitis – Antihistamine tablets or liquids,steroid nasal sprays, sodium cromoglicate eye drops
  • Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever. (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain) – Paracetamol 500mg tablets,Ibuprofen 400mg tablets, NSAID topical creams or gels, paracetamol suspension
  • Mouth Ulcers – Antimicrobial mouthwash
  • Nappy Rash – Nappy rash creams
  • Prevention of dental caries – Fluoride toothpastes, mouthwashes
  • Ringworm/ Athletes Foot – Athletes foot cream, Anti fungal creams or sprays
  • Teething/ Mild Toothache – Antiseptic pain relieving gel, clove oil, painkillers
  • Threadworms – Mebendazole 100mg tablets
  • Travel Sickness – Travel sickness tablets
  • Warts and Verrucae – Creams, gels, skin paints and medicated plasters, containing salicylic acid, dimethyl ether propane cold spray