Nobody likes being under the weather, especially this time of year. Help you and your family stay well with a bit of healthy know-how.
Check you have medicines at home
One way to prepare for summer is to make sure you have some over-the-counter remedies for common illnesses. Your pharmacist can advise you on the best medicines for you and your family.
Good things to have include: paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief (check the label or speak to your pharmacist to check it’s suitable for you), anti-histamines to help allergies, anti-diarrhoeals for diarrhoea, indigestion remedies such as an antacid, mild laxatives for constipation, a first aid kit which includes plasters, bandages and antiseptic wipes for cuts and scrapes, medicines specifically for children (your pharmacist can advise on the most suitable ones to keep in the house)
Remember to always follow the advice on the pack and do not get too much as medicines go out of date.
If you rely on regular medicines, you should check you have enough for the summer holidays. If you need to order more medicines, make sure you order only what you need and in plenty of time.
If you run out of your regular medicine, and your GP practice is closed, there are ways to get an emergency supply.
Use our self-help guide for advice if you’re having difficulty getting the medicine you need.
Managing common illnesses
Use NHS Inform self-help guides to manage common illnesses like flu, sore throat, diarrhoea and many more.
NHS Pharmacy First Scotland
If you have a minor illness, a pharmacist can give you advice and provide non-prescription medicines free of charge if you are registered with a GP practice in Scotland or you live in Scotland.