Below is a list of useful medicines and dressings which are available without NHS prescription. All are quite inexpensive and worth stocking at home.
Keep all medicines locked-up and out of the reach of children.
Paracetamol / Aspirin: For adults or children over 18. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
Paracetamol or ibuprufen syrup: For relief of pain or fever in young children
Diarolyte powder and imodium tablets - for diorrhoea / gastro-enteritis
Gaviscon and rennies - for acid/indigestion and heartburn
Sedative Cough Linctus: For dry or painful coughs - but not coughs caused by common colds.
Menthol Crystals: Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.
Vapour Rub: Again, for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest and nose
Antiseptic Solution: One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.
Antiseptic Cream: For treating septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.
Calamine Lotion: For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites and stings and sunburn.
Dressing Strips: For minor cuts.
3" Wide Crepe Bandage: To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.
Gauze Squares: For cleaning cuts and grazes.
Thermometer: For fevers
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