Free medication if you qualify. Apply for NHS Low Income Scheme.
Over the counter medicines (without prescription) for general illness, pain relief, minor injuries are available in England in most supermarkets, pharmacies, off licence shop.
The cost of a drug prescribed by a doctor is £9.15/item. Available at any chemist or pharmacy. Well known chains include Boots (www.boots.com) and Lloyd Pharmacy.
You can get free medication if
You are over 60 years of age.
You are under 16 years old.
You are a student and between 16 and 18 years of age
You are pregnant or have given birth in the last 12 months and have a valid Maternity Exemption – MatEx certificate.
You have a health condition and valid Medical Exemption Certificate – MedEx – for example diabetes, hormone disorders, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
You are registered in the low-income scheme – NHS LIS
You have a permanent physical disability that prevents you from moving without the help of another person and have a valid MedEx.
You are an inpatient in an NHS hospital.
How to apply for a Medical Exemption Certificate?
Ask your GP for a FP92A form,this must be signed by the treating physician. MedEx is valid for five years and needs to be renewed.
NHS Low Income Scheme – LIS
Free or discounted medication for anyone with low-income, this covers:
• prescription costs
• dental costs
• eye care costs
• healthcare travel costs
• wigs and fabric supports
Those who get income support, child tax credit, universal credit, are automatically registered in this system. If you are not registered, you can apply by filling in the application form – NHS-LIS.
Over the Counter medicines in England
Over the counter medicines (without prescription) for general illness, pain relief, minor injuries are available in England in most supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies and off licence shops.
The information on this site should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Use the following medicines at your own risk. We are not responsible for any negative effects you may experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to a doctor or a pharmacist beforehand. You can also check the ingredients, effects, and side effects of medicines on www.boots.com.
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List of common over the counter medications:
Pain killers: Neurofen (ibuprofen based), Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Aspirin, Alka-Seltzer (aspirin based), Anadin, Panadol for headache, migraine, toothache, flu, menstrual pain, muscle pain, fever, pain relief.
Cold & Flu hot drink powders or capsules: Lemsip, Beechams (paracetamol based) for Cold, flu, sore throat, chesty cough.
Sore throat: Lozenges, Strepsils, Lockets, Chloraseptic sray.
Nasal spray: Vicks first defense, Sinex, Sudafed
Chesty cough: Benylin syrup, Chesty cough relief
Mucus cough: Benylin Mucus cough, Lemsip cough max,
Dry Cough: Covonia dry cough relief,
Allergy, hay fever: Clarityn, Benadryl, Piriteze
Cold sore/Herpes: Zovirax
Heartburn, indigestion: Gaviscon, Rennie,
Stomach and abdominal cramps: Buscopan
Diarrhoea: Imodium, Enterosgel
Constipation: Senokot, Dulcolax, Senna Laxative
Haemorrhoids (piles): Anusol Cream, Germoloids,
Canestest Self-Test for Vaginal Infections
Thrush, Bacterial vaginosis: Canesten
Cystitis: Cystitis relief, CanesOasis
Athlete’s foot, Jock itch, Ringworm: Lamisil
Muscle or joint pain, back pain: Voltarol Gel, Ibuprofen and Codein, Solpadein, Flexiseq Gel
Motion sickness, nausea: Travel calm, Stugeron, Buscopan
Sleeping disorder: Nytol
Attention! Always read the leaflet for the risks and side effects, or speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Especially if you are taking other medications, have allergies or you are pregnant or breast feeding. You can also check the ingredients, effects, and side effects of medicines on www.boots.com website.
If you are experiencing severe rash, skin rash, swelling of the lips and throat, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea, ear tingling, blurred vision, confusion and unusual drowsiness, breathing difficulties, severe cough or other unusual symptoms you should immediately consult a doctor.