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Your NHS can pay up to ten times more for medicines for short-term minor ailments if you choose to get it on prescription. It's cheaper, quicker and easier to buy them yourself from a pharmacy - they can also give you advice. Medicines are also available from shops such as supermarkets.

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You don't need to go to your GP practice for medicines for short-term minor ailments. It is cheaper to buy medicines yourself, they can cost from as little as 20p. Better still, you don't need to make an appointment or travel to your GP practice - you can pick them up when it's convienent for you. 

If you are unsure about which medicines to buy, you can visit your pharmacist for free advice. Pharmacists are experts on medicines and minor ailments. They can give you advice on how to manage your condition and which medicines would be the most effective. 

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A - Z of health conditions

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Information about changes to treatment or medicines on the NHS

In December 2017, the NHS asked prescribers to stop or greatly reduce the prescribing of some medicines. This was because they are either, not as safe as other medicines, not as effective as other medicines or, more expensive than other medicines that have the same effect. A list of these medicines and treatments are below. Click on each for a patient information leaflet which explains more.

Co-proxamol | Dosulepin | Doxazosin | Glucosomine | Herbal treatment | Homeopathy | Immediate release fentanyl | Lidocaine plaster | Liothyronine | Lutein and antioxidant supplements | Omega 3 fatty acids | Once daily tadalafil | Perindopril arginine | Rubefacients | Targinacta | Tramaceta | Travel vaccines |Trimipramine

You can read more about the changes in this patient information leaflet.

 

Further information 

Download the patient leaflet here

Find out more about reducing medicines waste here.