Medicine Chest

The following tables contain useful medicines and dressings that could be kept in a home medicine chest. All are quite cheap to buy in pharmacies, and worth keeping at home for minor illnesses.

Family Medicine Chest Contents:

General Items:
Scissors Tweezers
Thermometer Travel Sickness Pills
Your Doctor's Emergency Telephone Number
Record of last Tetanus Vaccination
General Pain Killers:
For Adults E.g. Aspirin, Paracetomol, Ibuprofen
For Children Paracetamol suspension (E.g. Calpol etc)
Note: Aspirin should never be given to anyone under the age of 16 years old.
Cuts & Grazes:
Plasters Gauze Dressing
Sticky Tape Cotton Wool
Antiseptic Cleansing Solution Antiseptic Cream
Tubigrip or Crepe Bandage
Eyebath Sterile Water or 'Optrex'
Insect Bites & Stings, Allergies & Sunburn:
Antihistamine Tablets Hydrocortisone Cream
Insect Repellant Spray  
Stomach Upsets & Indigestion:
Electrolyte Replacement Sachets (for dehydration) Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets (Not for Children)
Tablets for Indigestion (E.g. Magnesium trisilicate)  
Calamine Lotion
Cough Mixtures:
There is no evidence that cough mixtures work so we rarely prescribe them and suggest you save your money ! Soothing drinks can be made.
Mouth Ulcer Treatments:
Mouth Ulcers: Choline Salicylate Gel (E.g. Bonjela) may help.