Useful Medicines

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses. All are quite cheap and worth stocking at home in readiness for minor illnesses. Keep them in a box or cupboard with a lock or store them well out of the reach of children. Remember that your local chemist can give you advice about medicines.

Paracetamol or Ibuprofen Tablets
For adults and children over 16 years. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises. Ibuprofen should be avoided if you have asthma or have been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer.

Paracetamol Mixture
For relief of pain or fever in young children.

Junior Nurofen
For relief of pain or fever in children can be used in conjunction with paracetamol if it is either ineffective or not effective enough. Please note Junior Nurofen can only be used every 6-8 hours up to 3 times a day.

Menthol Crystals
Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs

Antiseptic Solution
One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.

Calamine Lotion
For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bits and stings and sunburn.

Dressing Strips
For minor cuts

3 Wide Crepe Bandage
To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints

Gauze Swabs
For cleaning cuts and grazes

Ear Thermometer
To measure body temperature

Tweezers
For removing splinters