In line with NHS England’s guidance on conditions for which OTC (Over the Counter) items should not be routinely prescribed, Alpine House supports our NHS and will be ending the routine prescribing of antihistamines and nasal sprays for mild to moderate hayfever on prescription.
Hayfever can be managed by avoiding triggers or taking medication. If treatment is needed for mild to moderate hayfever, a wide range of medications can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets, usually being less expensive than a prescription. Your local pharmacist will gladly advise you on the most appropriate treatment.
There are a small number of circumstances in which an exemption will apply and a prescription may be provided:
- Allergic symptoms are severe and do not respond to various combinations of over the counter OTC medication
- OTC medication to manage allergic symptoms is not suitable for the patient
- The patient has perennial symptoms which require treatment throughout the year
We would appreciate your consideration of this prior to your next repeat prescription request. This action will help to cut costs for the NHS.