Wherever you're going this summer don't forget your medicines

Don't forget your medicines

One way to be health-wise this Summer is to make sure you have some over the counter remedies for common seasonal illnesses at hand.

Have a think if any of the following would be useful to you and your family:

  • paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief (Read the packaging or speak to your pharmacist to check it's suitable for you)
  • antihistamines to help allergies, hay fever or insect bites
  • antidiarrhoeals and oral rehydration sachets for diarrhoea
  • indigestion remedies such as an antacid
  • mild laxative for constipation
  • a first aid kit
  • sunscreen
  • medicines specifically for children (your pharmacist can advise on the most suitable ones)

Remember that medicines go out of date, so don't overstock. Always follow the advice on the pack, and if your symptoms persist (or are severe) seek further advice.

Find out more about medicines

Be prepared for travel abroad

Taking medicines abroad

If you're taking regular medicines, make sure that you have enough to last for your whole trip, even if your return is delayed by a couple of days.

If you're going for a long time, check whether you can get the medicines you need in the country you are going to, as your doctor can normally prescribe only a limited amount. The trade names of some medicines may vary from country to country, so it helps to record the drug (generic) names of your medicines, as well as the trade (brand) names.

Timing of medicines

If you’re travelling across international time zones, it’s likely that the shift in time will affect when you take your regular medicines.

  • If there are only a couple of hours of time difference, you may want to continue taking the medicines at the same times you have been (UK time).
  • If there’s a greater difference from UK time, you may end up taking your medicines at inconvenient times of the day or night.

It may be easier to gradually adjust the times that you need to take your regular medicines to fit in with the local time. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you to plan adjusting the times of your medicines.

Visit the Fit for Travel website.

If you run out of medicines

If you do run out of your regular medicine in Scotland, and your GP practice isn't open, there are ways to get an emergency supply. Use our self-help guide for advice if you're having difficulty getting the medicine you need when your GP practice isn't open.
Self-help guide: Accessing medicines

Find your nearest pharmacy

Wherever you're staying in Scotland, it's a good idea to find out where your nearest pharmacy is.

Use Scotland's Service Directory to find your nearest pharmacy, their opening times and the services they provide.

Find your nearest pharmacy