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Useful Medicines

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses. All are quite cheap and worth stocking at home. Keep them in a box or cupboard with a lock, or store them well out of the reach of children. Remember that your local chemist can give you advice about medicines.

Paracetamol or Ibuprofen Tablets

For adults and children over 16 years. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises. Ibuprofen should be avoided if you have asthma or have been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer.

Paracetamol Mixture

For relief of pain or fever in young children.

Junior Nurofen

For relief of pain or fever in children can be used in conjunction with paracetamol if it is either ineffective or not effective enough. Please note Junior Nurofen can only be used every 6-8 hours up to 3 times a day.

Menthol Crystals

Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs

Antiseptic Solution

One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.

Calamine Lotion

For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites and stings and sunburn.

Dressing Strips

For minor cuts 3” Wide Crepe Bandage To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints

Gauze Swabs

For cleaning cuts and grazes

Ear Thermometer

To measure body temperature


For removing splinters

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