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At what age can children buy over-the-counter medicines?

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At what age can children buy over-the-counter medicines?
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There is no legal age limit for buying over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

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.

Generally, most medicines that are suitable for adults are also suitable for children who are aged 12 and over. The exception is aspirin, which should not be taken by children who are under 16 years of age. You should also always check the instructions for the correct dosage for children as it may be different from that of adults.

There are also some situations where a pharmacist must not sell an OTC medicine to a child for their use, when the medication is not licensed for use in children of their age. For example, emergency contraception can only be sold to someone who is 16 year of age, or over.

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