Examples of Common Conditions that can be treated with Over the Counter Medication

These remedies are often cheaper than a prescription.  The pharmacist will be able to help you find the best medication if needed.

Mild Irritant


Emollients, Steroid creams. 



Antidandruff shampoos Antifungal 


Diarrhoea (adults)

Loperamide 2mg capsules Rehydration sachets, 


Dry eyes/Sore

(tired) eyes

Eye drops for sore tired eyes.


Drops containing sodium bicarbonate, hydrogen peroxide, olive oil or almond oil.

Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Aluminium chloride sprays, roll-ons, solutions.

Head Lice

Creams or lotions for head lice

Indigestion and Heartburn

Antacid tablets or liquids



Bisacodyl tablets 5mg Ispaghula Husk granules Lactulose 




Migraine tablets, Painkillers, Anti-sickness tablets

Insect bites

and stings

Steroid creams or creams for itching.

Mild Acne

Benzoyl peroxide products Salicylic acid 


Mild Dry Skin

Emollient creams, ointments and lotions 


Mild to moderate Hay fever/Seasonal Rhinitis

Antihistamine tablets or liquids. Steroid nasal sprays Sodium Cromoglicate eye drops 


Minor Burns and Scalds

Antiseptic Burns Cream, Cooling burn gel. 

 However more serious burns always require professional medical attention. Burns requiring urgent treatment include but are not limited to:

• all chemical and electrical burns;

• large or deep burns;

• burns that cause white or charred skin;

• burns on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals that cause blisters.


Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and /fever

Paracetamol 500mg tablets, Ibuprofen 400mg tablets, NSAID topical creams or gels Paracetamol Suspension 


Mouth Ulcers

Antimicrobial mouthwash 


Nappy Rash

Nappy rash creams 


Oral Thrush

Antifungal oral gels 


Prevention of dental caries

Fluoride toothpastes Mouthwashes 


Ringworm/Athletes Foot

Athlete's Foot Cream Antifungal creams or sprays 

 Exceptions are Lymphoedema or history of lower limb cellulitis.


Sunburn/Sun Protection

After sun cream Sun creams  

Exceptions are ACBS approved indication of photodermatoses

(i.e. where skin protection should be prescribed)


Teething/Mild Toothache

Antiseptic pain relieving gel Clove Oil



Mebendazole 100mg tablets 


Travel Sickness Tablets

Travel sickness tablets 


Warts and Verrucae

Creams, gels, skin paints and medicated plasters containing salicylic acid

dimethyl ether propane cold spray 

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