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Can you buy inhalers over the counter in Boots in UK?

(18 Posts)
oxocube Wed 28-Nov-07 20:32:35

I am visiting my parents tomorrow and my asthma has been really bad lately - my inhaler is pretty low and I don't have time to order a new one here. I heard that some inhalers eg Ventolin, are available over the counter. Is this true?

MrsRecycle Wed 28-Nov-07 20:34:46

Oh this happened to me when I was visiting my parents and didn't have one and had a really bad attack. I went to the chemist and they prescribed me an emergency one and just faxed my Doctors for the prescription.

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chocdonutyy Sat 27-Aug-16 17:43:46

If you have proof it is prescribed then you can get an emergency prescription from a pharmacy. Most supermarket ones are open at weekends.
A repeat slip, pharmacy label on box or sometimes just the inhaler, worth a try.

ScarletOverkill Sat 27-Aug-16 17:44:58

Asda sell the blue ones for £7 in their pharmacies

LockingJay Sat 27-Aug-16 17:45:50

I had the same experience as Mrs recycle. Went in to chemist explained and they gave an inhaler after contacting doctors surgery.

PitchFork Sat 27-Aug-16 17:46:16

no, salbutamol is prescription only.
I have heard that chemists might be able to give one inhaler as a stop gap. but not sure how that would work if away from home, i.e. not your usual chemist.

DottyGiraffe Sat 27-Aug-16 20:37:31

Yes, ASDA do and Superdrug do if you've got a copy of your prescription.

ASDA I didn't need a script but had a consultation with the pharmacist.

This was pre- electronic prescriptions though so maybe they can access those now, I don't know.

FruitCider Sat 27-Aug-16 20:42:29

Yes Asda dispense salbutamol without a prescription as a patient group direction.

Meliss134 Sun 28-Aug-16 22:02:50

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melanie342 Tue 13-Sep-16 17:59:34

I think it's easier if you can buy from this licensed u.k pharmacy without a previous prescription if you're approved by their easy online doctor consultation

Organisedchaosalways Wed 12-Apr-17 11:29:30

Do you know if they still sell them, it'll be cheaper than paying for the prescription

whifflesqueak Wed 12-Apr-17 11:33:39

organised I bought one for a fiver I think a couple of weeks ago.

was about 100 miles from home and my blue ran out. pharmacist was extremely helpful but I don't know if they'd allow it as a regular thing.

MozzchopsThirty Wed 12-Apr-17 11:34:22

Yes you can

user1497463748 Wed 14-Jun-17 19:54:57

You can buy over the counter on the Internet. There are online pharmacies that sell generic medicines. I ordered several times (site -, the only problem is that you need to wait for the delivery time.

maggiso Thu 15-Jun-17 23:45:22

i've bought ventolin under the emergency supply system - the pharmacist had to fax my go I think. I was very wheezy at the time. I don't know how that would work at a weekend perhaps sort out a new one tomorrow

JacintaB Wed 18-Oct-17 08:37:53

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