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What to have in your medicine cabinet

What to have in your medicine cabinet

As part of Calderdale Council’s #resilience takeover week, organisations around Calderdale, including the CCG, are taking to social media tell people what it is that makes them resilient for the future.

We’re building resilience in frontline NHS services, including by improving access to GP services, but there are many things you can do to boost your own resilience, and take the pressure off NHS services.

For example, keeping a stock of over-the-counter medication at home can help you treat minor illnesses and conditions without the need to see a GP.


What to have in your medicine cabinet

There’s a wide range of self-care medication available in pharmacies, shops and supermarkets around Calderdale that can be used to treat common ailments and save you the trouble of a GP appointment. For advice on which medicines are suitable for you and your family speak to your community pharmacist.

It’s a good idea to have a stock of the following at home:

Pain relief – Painkillers like aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are highly effective at relieving most minor aches and pains, such as headaches and period pain, and the symptoms of colds and flu. Ibuprofen can also help reduce the inflammation seen in arthritis and sprains.

Antihistamine tablets – useful for dealing with allergies, insect bites and hay fever.

Oral rehydration salts – to help restore your body’s natural balance of minerals and fluid after a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting

Anti-diarrhoea tablets – can quickly control the symptoms of diarrhoea, although they don’t deal with the underlying cause. These shouldn’t be given to children under 12. Speak to your pharmacist for advice.

Indigestion treatment –to relieve stomach ache or heartburn

Sunscreen – ensure it provides UVA and it at least factor 15. Protect yourself further by wearing a hat and sunglasses, and by avoiding the sun between 11:00am and 3:00pm.

As with all medicines, always read the label to make sure they are suitable for you, and keep them out of the reach of children. Ask your pharmacist if you need any advice about medicines or are unsure if they are suitable for you to take.


For more information visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/firsthttps://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/home-remedies-for-common-conditions/-aid

For more information about kindness, resilience, and celebrating everything that makes Calderdale the place it is, visit the Vision 2024 web page.

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