Taking care of yourself and your family
YOUR MEDICINE CUPBOARD
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.
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