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Since May 2018, the NHS released a list of medicines that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets which can no longer be routinely prescribed by GP surgeries.

An information leaflet is available here and more information can be found on the CCG website here.

The list of items and conditions for which you will not normally be able to have a prescription is below.

Items of limited clinical effectiveness

Probiotics     Vitamins and minerals

Self-limiting conditions

Acute Sore ThroatCold SoresConjunctivitisCoughs and Colds and Nasal Congestion
Cradle CapHaemorrhoidsInfant Colic

Minor conditions suitable for self-care

Mild CystitisContact DermatitisDandruffDiarrhoea (Adults)
Dry Eyes/Sore (tired) eyesEarwaxExcessive sweating (mild – moderate hyperhidrosis) Head Lice
Indigestion and HeartburnInfrequent ConstipationInfrequent MigrainesInsect bites and stings
Mild AcneMild Dry SkinSunburn/Sun ProtectionMild to Moderate Hay fever/Seasonal Rhinitis
Minor Burns and ScaldsMinor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever. (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)

Mouth UlcersNappy RashPrevention of dental cariesRingworm/Athletes foot
Teething/Mild ToothacheThreadwormsTravel Sickness TabletsWarts and Verrucae

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