Over the Counter Medicines
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 minor health concerns. Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.
Why is it changing?
The NHS spends £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be boughtover the counter, such as paracetamol. Reducing the amount the NHS spends on these medicines will mean that more money is available for people with more serious conditions.
How your local pharmacy team can help you?
Pharmacists can give clinical advice and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. If your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.
What if my symptoms don’t improve?
Your local pharmacy team can tell you how long to expect the symptoms of your condition to last. If they haven’t improved after this time or you start to feel a lot worse, you should:
• Go back to the pharmacy for further advice • Call NHS111 • Contact your GP
This applies to treatments for the conditions listed below. Some of which contain links to related patient self care leaflets.
You can find out more about this change to prescription policy by either:
- Or download one of the NHS Patient Information Leaflets:
Over the counter leaflet
Over the counter leaflet - easy read
- Or view the NHS Self Care Video
Looking after you and your family How ready are you?
Looking after you and your family How ready are you? - With Subtitles
Patient Self Care Information and Leaflets
Preventing Blood Clots in Hospital leaflet.
Knee Osteoarthritis Exercise leaflet.
Hip Pain from Osteoarthritis Exercise leaflet.
Adrenaline auto-injectors - advice on use leaflet.
Fungal Nail Infections leaflet
Temperature and Fever in Children leaflet
Vitamin D Insufficiency leaflet
Vitamin B12 and Folate & Dietary Sources: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-B.aspx
Lowering your Cholesterol: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthyhearts/Pages/Cholesterol.aspx
Exercises to manage Pain of Arthritis: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/exercises-to-manage-pain.aspx