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

Sprains:

Tubigrip or Crepe Bandage

Eyes:

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)

 

Rashes:

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.