Over the Counter Medicines

A range of medicines that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets, will no longer be routinely prescribed by GP surgeries.

These are medicines associated with a number of minor, short term health conditions, which either get better by themselves or you can easily treat yourself.

The change applies to medicines for a total of 35 conditions.

This includes:

  • Medicines for coughs
  • Colds
  • Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  • Mild to moderate hayfever
  • Mild cystitis
  • Nappy rash
  • Warts
  • Verrucas
  • Earwax
  • Head lice

It also applies to a range of vitamins and minerals, unless from medical tests it is clear that the person does not have sufficient natural levels.

For the full list, please visit the Gloucestershire CCG website: www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/otc