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Medicine Cupboard

Taking care of yourself and your family


A well-stocked medicine cupboard is a must-have for every household.

We asked doctors, nurses and pharmacists to tell us what could be in yours. All the items listed can be bought over-the-counter from a chemist or supermarket – you don’t need a prescription.

  • Calpol and baby ibuprofen; head lice treatments (if you have children or visiting children)
  • Sticking plasters of various sizes
  • Cough medicine
  • Throat lozenges e.g. Tyrozets
  • Paracetamol tablets
  • Ibuprofen tablets
  • Aspirin tablets
  • Hay fever tablets
  • Eye drops
  • Insect bite and sting cream
  • Anti-histamine e.g. Piriton
  • Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
  • Antiseptic fluid (e.g. Dettol; TCP)
  • Sterilising fluid or tablets (e.g. Milton)
  • A roll of crepe bandage
  • Dressing tape
  • Safety pins of various sizes
  • Tubigrip bandage in various sizes
  • Small scissors and Tweezers
  • Indigestion remedies (liquid or tablet e.g. Gaviscon)
  • Diarrhoea remedies (e.g. Immodium)
  • Constipation remedies (e.g. Senokot)
  • Thrush cream
  • Haemorrhoid cream (e.g. Anusol)

Update your supplies regularly – medicines have a use-by date.

Take any unused items to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.

Click here to download an information leaflet (PDF, 2.70MB)

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