It is always a good idea to have a stock of ‘over-the-counter’ medicines and first aid items at home to deal with minor illnesses and injuries. All the following items are fairly inexpensive and are usually available from the NAAFI and local apotheke. In light of the developing Corona virus situation, check the contents your medicine cabinet today!
- Paracetamol and Ibuprofen: Good for headaches, colds, pain and fever. Available as tablets or liquid for children. See note below for information about COVID-19 and ibuprofen.
- Over-the-counter’ cough medicines: there is no good evidence on the effectiveness of over the counter cough medicines so their use is not recommended. However, they are available for purchase and can be used at your discretion. Most cough medicines should not be used for children under 6 years old, so check packaging for further information.
- Vapour Rub: for steam inhalations or to rub onto chest or nose. Useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs.
Even common medications such as these can be unsuitable for people with certain conditions so always read the leaflet and, if in doubt, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
First Aid Kit
- Antiseptic wipes and plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes
- Medical sticky tape
- Gauze pads and crepe (stretchy bandages)
- Thermometers - it is no longer recommended to use a glass mercury thermometer, your local Chemist will sell strips or digital thermometers for you to purchase.
- Tweezers – for removal of splinters and ticks, but never for removing foreign objects from the nose, ears or eyes. This job is best left to a trained medical professional.
Remember to keep medicines in a lockable box, cabinet or cupboard and store well out of reach of children. Check the expiry date of each item regularly and return any out of date medication to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
Questions? Ask your pharmacist: 05254 982 4985
(If the land line is out-of-action, call 0173 887 3534)
COVID-19 and Ibuprofen: We advise patients to keep a stocked medicine cabinet with self-care items such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Whilst these medicines are easily available in shops and widely used, there are always certain patients who shouldn’t use these drugs, or certain conditions where these drugs won’t be suitable. As a precaution, you should always read the leaflet enclosed with these medications, and if in doubt ask your pharmacist or doctor.There are some reports in mainstream and social media about cases of COVID-19 being worsened by ibuprofen. At the moment these reports are anecdotal and experts are divided on whether ibuprofen should be used in COVID-19 or not. Paracetamol should always be your first-line treatment for pain and fever. If this guidance changes, we will publicise it on the daily patient-wise update page, www.patient-wise.de. If you are already on anti-inflammatory drugs, for example naproxen, ibuprofen or diclofenac and would like to discuss any concerns, please call the LLP Pharmacist on 05254 982 4985.