For a speedy recovery, self care is the best option when you have a minor illness or injury.
A well-stocked medicine cabinet means you’ll receive the right treatment immediately.
nhs24.com provides comprehensive health information and self care advice, including ways on how to treat common problems yourself.
A home medicine cabinet might contain the following:
Oral pain relief
Paracetamol and ibuprofen are the most common remedies. It is useful to have these in tablet and liquid form. Aspirin and ibuprofen also reduce inflammation.
(Remember, aspirin should not be given to anyone under 16 years of age)
Help allergies and runny noses. These are available as tablets and liquids.
Make sure you drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquid for the first 24 hours. Your pharmacist can also recommend rehydration drinks.
Various different types are available. A simple antacid will relieve the majority of symptoms.
A mild laxative
It is important to drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic liquids. Rehydration remedies (which include paracetamol) are available from your pharmacy.
Sore throat remedy
General pain relief is recommended e.g. paracetamol. Adults may gargle with soluble aspirin. Throat lozenges and sprays may also ease symptoms.
Many different types are available. These will either reduce a cough or loosen it.
Travel sickness tablets
Containing hyoscine or an antihistamine such as cinnarizine
Sunscreen SPF 15 (or higher for childen and vulnerable adults) and sunburn treatment e.g. calamine lotion.
There are children's formulations available for most medicines. Ask your pharmacist if there is a sugar free variety available, particularly if it's a regularly used medicine.