A quick reminder to keep your medicines stocked this winter - 27 November 2017

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A quick reminder to keep your medicines stocked this winter

With Christmas just a month away, Bay Health and Care Partners agree now is the perfect time to review the contents of your medicine cabinet .

A properly stocked medicine cabinet can help you to treat many common illnesses and ailments. Making sure you have these items now will save you the worry if you need them over the coming months.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society recommends you include the following in your medicine cabinet:

  • A first-aid kit including bandages, plasters, thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape for dressings and tweezers.

  • Pain relief such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen for aches, pains and high temperatures.

  • Oral rehydration salts to replace lost minerals and fluid after a fever or vomiting and diarrhoea.

  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets to relieve symptoms of diarrhoea (though these will not help with the underlying cause).

  • Antihistamines which can help with allergies

  • Indigestion relief remedies

Ben Fell, Resident Pharmacy Manager and Local Pharmaceutical Committee Representative for Lancashire encourages people to double check their supplies.

"Many of us get a minor illness from time to time over the winter period and you’ll be relieved if suffering, if you have a properly stocked medicine cabinet that helps you get back on your feet quickly. It is worth checking the medicines you have at home to make sure they are still appropriate and still in date."

Ben continued: "Remember your pharmacist is an expert who can advise you about any medications you have been prescribed which might affect your choice of product. We want you to enjoy this season so pop in to your local pharmacy where we're always on hand to help. No appointment needed."

"So act now and save yourself that terrible feeling of having to drag yourself to the pharmacy when you feeling really poorly. Always be prepared. "

Dr Jim Hacking, executive GP, has created a film explaining what should be in your medicine cabinet at the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dzdXLfVsyU

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