What you need in your medicine cabinet for winter


Be prepared this winter by making sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked. There is a variety of items we can have at home to treat minor illnesses such as pain relief medications, lozenges, cold and cough syrups, antihistamines, and much more. Speak to your local pharmacist for more information including how long symptoms are likely to last and checking that any of the medicines you are buying are ok with any prescribed medication you may take.

Examples of medicine cabinet items:

Pain relief medications: Paracetamol or Ibuprofen are all effective in treating minor ailments such as: headaches, minor aches/pains, period pains, Inflammation from arthritis or sprains, the common cold, reducing your temperature.  

Lozenges, antiseptic sprays/mouthwash, and paracetamol: these are great for treating symptoms of a fever, cough or sore throat.

Antihistamines: these can be in the form of tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops and are great for treating insect bites, allergic reaction, itchy rashes, itchy eyes and hay-fever (note: some antihistamines can cause drowsiness. Please check with your local pharmacist for further information).

Anti-diarrhoea, constipation and indigestion remedies: There are a variety of products you could buy over the counter to help relieve your symptoms. Speak to your pharmacist for more information.

Note: please read and follow the patient information leaflet available with each over the counter medication or speak to your pharmacist for more information.