Over The Counter Medicines (OTC)

The information below relates to resources for the NHSE Over the Counter Medicines initiative for low value medicines

See NHSE information Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing 

See the links above for additional information relating to these conditions for which there is now guidance around self care.

Items of limited clinical effectiveness
Probiotics  Vitamins and minerals
Self-Limiting Conditions
Acute Sore Throat Cradle Cap (seborrheoic dermatitis – infants)
Infrequent cold sores of the lip Haemorrhoids
Conjunctivitis Infant Colic
Coughs and colds and nasal congestion Mild Cystitis
Minor Conditions Suitable for self care
Mild Irritant Dermatitis Sun Protection
Dandruff Mild to Moderate Hay fever/Seasonal Rhinitis
Diarrhoea (Adults) Minor burns and scalds
Dry Eyes/Sore tired Eyes Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever. (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
Ear Wax Mouth Ulcers
Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) Nappy Rash
Head Lice Oral Thrush
Indigestion and Heartburn Prevention of dental caries
Infrequent Constipation Ringworm/Athletes foot
Infrequent Migraine Teething/Mild toothache
Insect Bites and Stings Threadworms
Mild Acne Travel Sickness
Mild Dry Skin Warts and Verrucae
Sunburn due to excessive sun exposure


Last updated by: Joy Craine on 11-10-2018 20:12