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Managing your medicine during the coronavirus outbreak

Managing your medicine during the coronavirus outbreak

Please continue to order your regular quantities of medication as normal. There is no need to stockpile medication or order additional items that are not routinely required ‘just in case’.

Over ordering medication increases the chance of shortages and could temporarily prevent individuals from accessing necessary medication.

The Department of Health and Social Care has well-established procedures to deal with medicine shortages and is working closely with industry, the NHS and others in the supply chain to ensure patients can continue to access the medicines they need.

Please help maintain the supply chain by only ordering the medication you need when you need it. If you have a stable medical condition, please only order the medicines you currently require. Medication will be made available if/when clinically appropriate.

Ibuprofen

There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus worse. But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.

If you have no coronavirus symptoms and regularly take ibuprofen for pain relief, carry on taking it as usual. If you develop coronavirus symptoms, ask your doctor about changing to paracetamol instead.

Gluten Free

If you have specific dietary requirements such as gluten free, and currently having trouble buying ‘gluten free’ products in the supermarkets, you can eat most dairy products, fruit and veg, meat and fish (not breaded or battered), potatoes, and rice.

Pharmacies will not be able to obtain gluten free products any easier or faster than supermarkets. More advice at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coeliac-disease/treatment/