Silverbirch Medical Practice, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland

Stocking your medicine cabinet

We feel it is important that all households should keep a reasonably stocked medicine cabinet at home to deal with minor ailments. Remember all medicines should be stored in a box or cupboard with a lock and kept well out of the reach of children.

Always check the expiry date on medicines and do not keep them beyond this as they may lose their effect or become dangerous. Remember that your pharmacist can give advice about medicines.

Sedative cough linctus - for dry, mucous or painful coughs..

Antiseptic cream - for sores, grazes and septic spots.

Antiseptic solution - dilute in water & use to clean cuts and grazes.

Calamine lotion - for use on itchy rashes such as chickenpox.

Tweezers - for removing splinters.

Plasters - for minor cuts.

Thermometer - for checking fevers - particularly important if you have young children.

Indigestion remedies - for relief of heartburn and indigestion pains.

Crepe bandage (3 inch) - for sprained joints & for holding dressings in correct place.

Paracetamol tablets - for relief of pain and/or fever in adults.

Paracetamol liquid - for relief of pain and/or fever in young children.

Vapour rub - for steam inhalation, stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub into chest and on nose.

Antihistamine tablets/ointment - for relief of itches/rashes and allergic reactions caused by body's over production of histamine. Useful in allergic reactions such as watery eyes, sneezing, itching and for insect bites. Recommended to use newer brands which are less sedative.

Rehydration solution - for replacing fluids and salts lost due to vomiting or diarrhoea.

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