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How old do you have to be to buy medicine in the UK?

I’m 15 and am hoping to buy Beechams All-in-One, or something similar at either a pharmacy, a supermarket or somewhere like Boots. I was wondering if there’s an age restriction, and whether the fact it contains alcohol (or another ingredient) will mean I’m too young to buy it?
(By the way I can’t get an adult to buy it for me as my parents are out all day)

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3 Responses to “How old do you have to be to buy medicine in the UK?”

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  3. bella said :

    It is up to individual pharmacists to decide at what age they sell OTC medicines to children. However, some pharmacy companies may have specific company policies that restrict the sale of OTC medication to children.

    General rule is 16, but if you picked them up at a supermarket with your shopping it would probably be ok.
    You could ask your local pharmacist.


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