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Unless there is an exceptional circumstance or a patient has a long term condition patients will need to buy the following self-care medicines over-the-counter:

  •  Pain killers for minor aches and pains
  • Tonics, vitamins and health supplements
  • Ear wax removers
  • Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes
  • Indigestion remedies for occasional use
  • Creams for bruising, tattoos, and scars
  • Hair removal creams
  • Moisturisers and bath additives for dry skin
  • Sun creams
  • Foods and food supplements
  • Pain relief cream/ointment for short-term use
  • Oral antihistamines for hay fever 
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets
  • Teething gels and mouth ulcer products
  • Vaginal moisturisers (for example lubricant gels and creams)
  • Warts and verrucae paints            
  • Heparinoid gel/cream
  • Antiperspirants        
  • Antifungal treatments (for example for athletes foot)
  • Treatments for bites and stings    
  • Treatments for cold sores  
  • Antibacterial eye drops
  • Treatment for diarrhoea     
  • Head lice treatments          
  • Treatments for infant colic 
  • Creams/ointments for nappy rash                       
  • Threadworm treatments
  • Treatments for vaginal thrush
  • Haemorrhoids treatment
  • Cough preparations           
  • Eye care products (for example blepharitis wipes)
  • Probiotics     
  • Treatments for mild acne   
  • Dandruff and cradle cap treatments        
  • Baby milks (unless a clinical need for a specialist milk)
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