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Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?

It’s always best to be prepared. That’s why the advice from NHS Nottingham City CCG is to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet ready for times when you or your family are feeling under the weather.


Dr Hugh Porter, Clinical Chair of the CCG, said: “Having home remedies to hand means peace of mind and ‘self-care’ is often the best remedy in many instances. Common ailments such as colds, sore throats and coughs do not always need to be treated with a visit to the GP and antibiotics. Instead, the best cure is plenty of rest, keeping warm and having a suitable range of medicines in your cabinet.”

If you don’t already have them add these items to your next shopping list:

  • Pain relief: Paracetamol and ibuprofen are the most common painkillers and are available in tablet and liquid form. Aspirin and ibuprofen also reduce inflammation. Please note: aspirin should not be given to anyone under the age of 16.
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine: Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquid for the first 24 hours when symptoms appear to stay hydrated. Your pharmacist can also recommend rehydration drinks.
  • Sore throat remedies: Ask your pharmacist about sprays to ease soreness. Adults can also gargle with soluble aspirin to ease the pain.
  • Cough remedies: Ask your pharmacist about different types of linctus which will help coughs.
  • Plasters and bandages: It always pays to be well-stocked in the event of minor cuts and scrapes, especially if you have children. Ask your pharmacist about anti-allergy plasters.
  • Thermometer: Useful if someone develops a cold or a young child becomes ill. As a general rule a temperature of over 37.5ºC (99.5ºF) is a fever.
  • Antihistamines: Useful for allergies and runny noses. Ask your pharmacist about the different types available. Some antihistamines cause drowsiness and are not recommended if you are driving or operating machinery.
  • Antiseptic cream: A medicine cabinet essential for cuts, scrapes, bites and stings.
  • Laxatives: Constipation can occur at any time. Ask your pharmacist about the different laxatives available (tablets or sachets) and which are most suitable for your family.
  • Children’s medicines: A huge variety of remedies is available to treat a whole range of minor illnesses and conditions. Ask your pharmacist about sugar-free varieties if your child is taking one regularly.

For further health advice, visit the NHS Choices website at

Published: 23 February 2015