The Consumer Health Information Centre
(CHIC) is an advice service set up to
help you understand more about health, including
hints and tips to stay healthy and ways to get
back on your feet when illness strikes.
There are many minor illnesses which, although
unpleasant, don't require a visit to the doctor.
So who do you ask for speedy advice on what to
do and if the bottle you have in the bathroom
medicine cabinet is still OK? How do you know
if the illness is pressing normally and if the
old wives' tales are really myths or useful tips?
Well, you can now get all this information from
the Consumer Health Information Centre. The Centre
gives you access to independent professional advice
through an expert panel of doctors, nurses, pharmacists
and consumer information experts.
This site will also give you advice on what over-the-counter
medicines are available to treat common ailments.
CHIC is run by the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) which is the UK trade association representing manufacturers of over-the-counter medicines and food supplements.
How to get advice
If you are suffering from a common illness e.g.
a cold, this website enables you to search under
your symptoms and will give you advice on how
best to treat them. Read the Feeling
Unwell section for more. If you would
like to know what over-the-counter medicines are
available to help relieve your symptoms go to
Your Symptoms section.
Sometimes you might want more in-depth information
to take away and read about common ailments which
can affect you and your family. The Health
Information section of this site has
detailed articles written by CHIC's professional
panel on the most common conditions which affect
us all day to day.
To get the best from over-the-counter medicines
it is very important they are used properly. Using
Medicines Correctly section of this site
gives useful information and reminders about safety,
and also gives practical advice about how to use
these medicines if you may be pregnant or taking
other medicines prescribed by your doctor.
For more information or
advice on taking over-the-counter medicines,
speak to a pharmacist.