OTC Medication

We need your help

Our Health Service has a limited budget. Spending money on treatments for minor illnesses reduces the money available to treat more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Self-managing minor illnesses will also help free up GP appointments.

The items we will no longer be able to prescribe are


Anti-inflammatory gels or creams e.g. ibuprofen gel, diclofenac gel

Oral Painkillers e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen

Antifungal creams e.g. clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine

Anti-viral creams e.g. acyclovir 5%

Colic drops e.g. infacol, Dentinox Colic Drops, Colief, Gripe Water

Cough Bottles

Lozenges and sprays for sore throats

Nasal Decongestants e.g. pseudoephedrine tablets, decongestant sprays and drops

Oral rehydration solutions e.g. Dioralyte

Antidiarrheal medicines e.g. loperamide

Laxatives e.g. Fybogel, bisacodyl, lactulose and senna

Drops for softening ear wax

Lacquer for fungal nail infections

Haemorrhoid creams, ointments and suppositories e.g. Anusol

Hay fever and allergy treatment such as Oral antihistamines e.g. cetirizine, loratadine, chlorphenamine

Antihistamine creams

Steroid nasal sprays e.g. beclomethasone, fluticasone

Head lice lotions and sprays

Indigestion and heartburn remedies such as Maalox, Mucogel and gaviscon

Infant feeding milks e.g. comfort milk, lactulose free formula for colic and reflux

Nappy rash barrier creams like metanium, sudocream, Zinc and Castor oil cream

Mouthwashes e.g. chlorhexidine

Sunscreens (unless for approved conditions)

Threadworm treatment

Vaginal Thrush treatments

Vitamins and minerals unless in line with an approved condition)


Eye supplements e.g icaps, Ocuvite, Macushield, Viteyes

Gamolenic Acid/ Evening Primrose oil

Glucosamine containing products

Gluten free non staple foods e.g. buiscuits, muffins, sausage rolls

Omega 3 Products





Cod Liver Oil


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