Remedies can be prepared in many different dosage forms - tablets, pills, granules, crystals, powders, soft tablets and liquid. There is no difference in efficacy for the various forms, and the choice is usually governed by personal preference and/or dietary requirements. Other formulations such as injections and eye drops also exist - these are very specialised and, in the UK, are classed as prescription-only medicines.

Solid dosage forms should not be handled. Generally, it is easiest if the dose is shaken into the cap and then into the patient’s mouth. Powders can be placed directly on the tongue. A dose is one tablet or powder, or enough granules to cover the base of the cap.Your mouth should be free of other tastes - it is best not to take remedies within 30 minutes of food, drink, tobacco, toothpaste or sweets. Remedies are absorbed from the mouth. Therefore, it is best to suck them and not to swallow them with water. Liquid remedies should be held in the mouth for several seconds prior to swallowing.

A brief guide to storage

Keep remedies in the container in which they are supplied.

Keep remedies away from strong-smelling substances eg camphor, perfumes,
paints and disinfectants and also away from high temperatures and
direct sunlight.

If any remedies are spilled, dispose of them immediately. Do not put them
back in the container. If you should touch the end of a liquid dropper, rinse it
thoroughly before replacing it into the bottle.

If stored and handled correctly, homeopathic remedies should have no
expiry date. However, we recommend that our remedies should be kept no longer than
2 years from the date of preparation.

Do not stop any orthodox medication unless advised to do so by the
practitioner who prescribed them.