Prescribing is Changing

New Prescribing Policy in Dudley

Prescriptions for self care medicines are no longer available from your GP. These include:

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Head lice lotion
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Cough syrups
  • Nasal congestion sprays
  • Sore throat products
  • Vitamin supplements

Help us to help the NHS save money.

Buy these over the counter at your local pharmacy, shop or supermarket or via the minor ailment scheme.

Ibuprofen 200mg x 16 tablets

  • Cost to you – 25p*
  • Cost to the NHS – £40.78*

Sore throat spray 30ml

  • Cost to you – £6.99*
  • Cost to the NHS – £47.82*

* – Costs are based on typical over the counter costs vs GP consultations, pharmacy dispensing, dispensing fees, container allowances and drug costs.

Prescribing of Over the Counter Medicines Is Changing

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of short-term, minor health concerns.

Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.

The team of qualified healthcare professionals at your local pharmacy can offer clinical advice to safely and effectively manage minor health concerns. This includes:

  • Acute sore throat
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Coughs, colds, and nasal congestion
  • Cradle cap
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea (adults)
  • Dry eyes/ sore tired eyes
  • Earwax
  • Excessive sweating
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Head lice
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Infant colic
  • Infrequent constipation
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mild acne
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Mild cystitis
  • Mild dry skin
  • Mild irritant dermatitis
  • Mild to moderate hay fever
  • Minor pain, discomfort and fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Prevention of tooth decay
  • Ringworm/ athletes foot
  • Sunburn
  • Sun [rotection
  • Teething/ mild toothache
  • Threadworms
  • Travel sickness
  • Warts and verrucae