You can buy medicines without needing to see
your doctor. These are called over-the counter
medicines. These are safe and effective as long
as you follow the directions that come with them.
This section gives useful information about safety
and how to get the best from medicines you buy.
If you have any questions or concerns about over-the-counter medicines which are not covered in this site, you should talk to your local pharmacist, GP or practice nurse.
You can also call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or in Scotland, NHS 24 on
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