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Over the Counter Medicines

Guidance from the Northern Ireland Department of Health and the Health and Social care Board advices GPs not to prescribe medicines:

  • That can be purchased over the counter (OTC) by patients when they are being used to treat minor conditions or self-limiting illnesses or
  • Where there is no evidence base for their use

Please see the list of conditions and medicines below:


Patients are encouraged to self care and seek advice from their local community pharmacist to help manage minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses. Your GP will advise you of those conditions and examples of medication readily available and should be bought OTC.

Practice Closures


Monday 19th March 2018

In case of emergency you can contact the out of hours bureau on 02892 602204. This service is for medical emergencies only. Patients should not use this service to obtain repeat medication. 


(Site updated 14/02/2018)
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