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The Department of Health NI policy is to “reduce the prescribing of medicines for the treatment of minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses which may be purchased at low cost without the need for a GP appointment or prescription”. Patients are encouraged to self-care and seek advice from their local community pharmacist to help manage minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses.

Over-the-counter  paracetamol and ibuprofen can be purchased at relatively low cost from community pharmacies or other retail outlets.

Paracetamol and Ibuprofen Prescription Cost Information Poster Do you really need a prescription for over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol and ibuprofen? Download