Medicine Cabinet


We feel it is important that all families should keep a reasonably stocked medical cabinet at home to deal with minor ailments.

Please read the instructions and cautions on the medication before you decide to use them and consult your community pharmacist if in doubt.

Pharmacists can now sell antibiotic eye drops for clear cut cases of uncomplicated conjunctivitis.

 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 dates on medicines.

All these items are available for purchase at Hughenden Valley Pharmacy at Hughenden Valley Surgery or indeed at any pharmacy.

Suggested items for such a cabinet are:

  • Paracetamol tablets 
    Useful for headaches, fevers, colds, sore throats, painful bruises, aches and pains
  • Paracetamol mixture (ie Calpol, Disprol) 
    For relief of pain and fever in babies and young children.
  • Ibuprofen (tablets or syrup) 
    Also for pain and fever in adults and children.
  • Electrolyte sachets (Dioralyte)
    For use in diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Menthol or similar inhalants 
    For mixing with hot water to make steam inhalations for treating dry and painful coughs, catarrh and sinusitis.
  • Vapour rub/Karvol capsules 
    For relieving stuffy noses and dry coughs
  • Antiseptic solution 
    For cleaning cuts and grazes.
  • Antiseptic cream 
    For treating grazes, bites and septic spots.
  • Calamine lotion 
    For insect bites, stings, itchy rashes and sunburn.
  • Antihistamine tablets 
    For bites and itchy rashes.
  • Elastoplast 
    Dressing for minor cuts.
  • Crepe bandage 
    To support bruised and sprained joints.
  • Cotton wool 
    For cleaning cuts and grazes.
  • A Thermometer

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