Over the Counter Medicines




A GP, Nurse or Pharmacist will generally not give you a prescription for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for a range of minor health conditions.

Instead you will be advised to purchase these directly with a pharmacy or in a supermarket.

Why can't I get a prescription for an over-the-counter medicine?


Frequently asked questions

I cannot afford to buy medication over the counter, what can I do?

Pharmacies in the Lewisham borough may be able to issue some acute medication free of charge. This is called the Pharmacy First Scheme.

If you answer yes to all the following points, you'll be eligible to get advice and treatment for free.

  • You are registered with a GP in Lewisham
  • You don't normally pay for your prescriptions
  • You are suffering from one of the conditions listed below:
  • Acne
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Cold Sores
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Cough/Cold/Flu/High Temperature
  • Cystitis in adult females
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ear Wax
  • Eczema, Dry or Itchy Skin
  • Haemorrhoids (Piles)
  • Hayfever
  • Head Lice
  • Indigestion/Heartburn/Tummy Upset/Vomiting
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mouth or gum swelling
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Nappy Rash
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Pain
  • Prevention of fever after vaccination
  • Sore Throat
  • Teething
  • Threadworms
  • Thrush
  • Warts and Verrucaes