Stock up on medicines and stay a step ahead of the winter bug.
Most of us will have a cold this winter, and some of us will have the flu, so it’s important to be well-prepared in case these viruses attack. With the right self-care these illnesses can be managed quickly and effectively, and in most cases a trip to the GP would prove unnecessary. You may however want to visit your local pharmacy, where you can get advice on which over-the-counter medicines to buy.
Even a minor illness such as a cold, headache or diarrhoea, can disrupt your daily routine. Keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home is a great way to manage the impact such an illness will have on you and your family.
Key tip: Always follow the directions on medicine packets and NEVER take more than the stated dose.
Key medicines to stock up on over the winter period include:
Key tip: Always keep medicines out of sight and reach of children. A high, lockeable cupbpoard in a cool, dry place is ideal.
Whilst all medicines should include instructions on how to take them, don’t forget that your local pharmacist, where appropriate, can give advice on how and when to take medicines. Instead of booking an appointment with your GP, you can see your local pharmacist anytime – just walk in!
Dr Tim Spicer Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group said: “As we approach the festive period it is important to keep your house well-stocked with medicine as the likelihood of catching a cold or flu increases. This will save a panicked trip to your local pharmacy and allow you the best chance of keeping on top of your daily routine whilst taking care of yourself or your family.”