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Over the Counter Medication

Prescribing of over the counter

medicines is changing

In 2017/18 over £1.5M was spent on prescriptions in Buckinghamshire for items that can be bought over the counter. So from October 2018 your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for certain medicines that are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket, even if you qualify for free prescriptions.

*Visit for exceptions.

This applies to treatments for these conditions:

    • Acute sore throat

    • Minor burns and scalds

    • Conjunctivitis

    • Mild cystitis

    • Coughs

    • Colds and nasal congestion

    • Mild dry skin

    • Cradle cap

    • Mild irritant dermatitis

    • Dandruff

    • Mild to moderate hay fever

    • Diarrhoea (adults)

    • Dry eyes/sore tired eyes

    • Mouth ulcers

    • Earwax

    • Nappy rash

    • Excessive sweating

    • Infant colic

    • Sunburn

    • Infrequent cold sores of the lip

    • Sun protection

    • Infrequent constipation

    • Teething/mild toothache

    • Infrequent migraine

    • Insect bites and stings

    • Travel sickness

    • Mild acne

    • Warts and verrucas

Further information can be found at

OTC Patient Booklet.pdf

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