Deprescribing

Over The Counter Medicines

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Guidance from the Northern Ireland Department of Health (DoH (NI)) and the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) advises GPs not to prescribe medicines that can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) by patients when they are being used to treat minor conditions or self-limiting illnesses.

Patients are encouraged to self care and seek advice from their local community pharmacist to help manage minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses.
 
A list of conditions and examples of medicines that are readily available and should be bought OTC has been drawn up by DoH (NI) and HSCB and are available in the links below:  

  Prescribing of Medicines for Minor Conditions and Self-limiting Illnesses   

 Referral to Local Pharmacy - No Prescription Required

Additional resources on over-the-counter hayfever medicines and painkillers can be found by clicking on the links on the left hand side.