Pharmacies have been dealing with thousands of extra patients each day across Northern Ireland due to coronavirus worries.
Community Pharmacy NI said that last week some pharmacies dispensed almost four times the amount of medication they normally would dispense in a week.
It has led to calls for the public to recognise the pressures on community teams.
Chief executive Gerard Greene said: "This issue has been compounded by the fact that a lot of GP surgeries have closed to the public and this has had the effect of shifting additional pressures into local pharmacies.
"We are also seeing many people seeking to purchase supplies of over the counter medications such as paracetamol and other analgesic medications.
"The public should not stockpile medicines and they should be assured that pharmacies are working hard to manage the stock levels."