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Keep a well stocked Medicine Cupboard Posted on 11 May 2022



During the winter months, it is always helpful – now more than even – to keep a well-prepared medicines cupboard, to support with self-care for common health problems.

Some essential medicines and products you should keep at home are such are:

  • Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-diarrheal medicines
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Indigestion treatment
  • First aid kit including plasters, bandages & a thermometer

When keeping medicines at home, remember:

  • Always follow the directions on medicine packets and information leaflets, and never take more than the stated dose
  • Always keep medicines out of sight and reach of children – a high, lockable cupboard in a cool, dry place is ideal
  • Check the expiry dates on medicines – do not use a medicine that's past its use-by date; take it to a pharmacy, where it can be disposed of safely

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Remember if you have children or grandchildren, it’s a good idea to keep a stock of medicines suitable for little ones too. In this video, local community pharmacist Mary Oaiya talks you through some of these essential items. 

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Pharmacists Can Help

Your community pharmacy should be your first port of call for all minor ailments and injury. They can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. If symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need and will direct you to where you need to go to receive the correct medical treatment.

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Don’t forget you can also order your prescription medicines direct from the NHS App.

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