What should I keep in my medicine cabinet?
Your Pharmacist can advise you what to keep in your medicine cabinet but the following is a general guide:
Oral Pain Relief
Paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin are the most common pain killers. Aspirin and Ibuprofen also reduce inflammation. Do not give aspirin to children under 16 years of age.
These help allergies and runny noses and are available as tablets and liquids.
Sore throat remedy
General pain relief is recommended e.g. paracetamol. Adults may gargle with soluble aspirin. Throat lozenges and sprays may also ease symptoms.
Many different types are available. These will either stop a cough or loosen it.
Make sure you drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids for the first 24 hours. Your pharmacist can also recommend rehydration drinks, which you add to water.
Various different types are available. A simple antacid will relieve the majority of symptoms.
E.g. Senna can be tried for constipation.
It is important to drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic liquids. There are specific rehydration remedies available from your pharmacy which includes paracetamol.
There are children's varieties available for most of these medicines, ask your pharmacist. We would recommend having both paracetamol and ibuprofen available in liquid form in addition to a liquid antihistamine.
Note: Always follow the instructions on medication so that you know who can have the medication and how much to give.
NHS Direct Health and Medical Information
Nottinghamshire County Teaching PCT
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust
Tel: 01623 673555
Central Notts Clinical Services,
Ransom Wood Business Park,
Southwell Road West,
Mansfield, Notts NG21 0HJ