Low Priority Prescribing

There are certain medication used for minor ailments, which are in nature self limiting, so the NHS does NOT prescribe these. These medicines are called Low Priority Prescribing. Please do not ask the doctor or nurse for these and see your pharmacist.

Did you know that common treatable ailments account for a fifth of GP appointments and are costing the health service £2 billion annually.

Here is the list of the Low priority medicines:

  • Antihistamines for Hay Fever
  • Cough mixtures (except for Terminally Ill)
  • Nasal Decongestants for Hay Fever or Colds
  • Vaginal Thrush Treatments
  • Threadworm Treatments
  • Antacids for Indigestion
  • OTC Migraine treatments including Sumatriptan 50mg
  • Wart Treatments (except for sexual health and GUM)
  • Topical Antifungals for Athletes Foot
  • Mouth Ulcers (except for immunocompromised and terminally ill)
  • Vitamin C and Multivitamins
  • Head Lice Treatments
  • Antiperspirants
  • Cold Sore Treatments
  • Sunscreens
  • Topical NSAIDs
  • Ear Wax Removers
  • Minor Acne