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Health Advice - Medicine Cabinet

We feel it is important that all households should keep a reasonably stocked medical cabinet at home to deal with minor ailments. Remember all medicines should be stored in a box or cupboard with a lock and kept well out of the reach of children. Always check the expiry date on medicines and do not keep them for future use, as they lose their effect or become dangerous.

Remember that your pharmacist can give advice about medicines

Sedative Cough Linctus For dry or painful coughs
Antiseptic Cream For sores, grazes and septic spots
Antiseptic solution Dilute in water & use to clean cuts and grazes
Calamine lotion For use on dermatitis, and on insect bites & stings and sunburn to soothe
Cotton Wool For cleaning minor cuts & grazes
Tweezers For removing splinters
Plasters For cuts
Thermometer For checking fevers
Indigestion Remedies For relief of heartburn and indigestion pains
Crepe Bandage (3 inch) For sprained joints & for holding dressings in correct place
Paracetamol Tablets For general pain relief in adults
Paracetamol Liquid For relief of pain and/or fever in young children
Soluble Aspirin Tablets For adults or children over 12 - good for headaches, colds & sore throats
Ephidrine Nose Drops For runny noses in children over 1 year. Do not use for more than 4 days.
Vapour Rub For steam inhalation, stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub into chest and on nose
Antihistamine Tablets/Ointment For relief of inflammation from itches/rashes and allergic reactions caused by body's over production of histamine. Useful in allergy reactions such as watery eyes, sneezing, swelling and for insect bites. Recommend to use newer brands which are less sedative
Rehydration Solution For replacing fluids and salts lost due to vomiting or diarrhoea

Visit Medicine Chest Online - a directory of medicines and food supplements that are available 'over the counter' (OTC) from your pharmacist. Use this site to find products that might help treat or relieve symptoms and to seek advice on self-medicating safely and health maintenance, both important elements of self-care.

NHS UK Department of Health NHS West Sussex