Can I buy antibiotics without a prescription?

The short answer is no.

Most antibiotics are prescription only and only prescribed for specific infections. This is because misuse and overuse of certain antibiotics has caused some bacteria to begin to build up a resistance to them.

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an example of a bacteria that has developed a resistance to many of the common antibiotics, such as penicillin.

PharmacyDirectGB do however offer an online consultation service for cystitis. Cystitis is an acute urinary tract infection which is normally treated with Trimethoprim 200mg twice a day for one week. It is unusual that this does not treat the problem immediately but if this is the case, alternative treatment should be sought from your GP.