I am just going to tell you my medication saga but before I do I apologise to all the peeps who have much more to put up with. I just need to tell somebody who will understand my frustration!
Earlier in the year I was prescribed 240mgs of diltiazem. The pharmacist provided Adizem. I hated it, felt awful and had some weird symptoms. I asked my GP if I could have a lower dose. NO!
After a few months I found my pharmacist had provided Slozem instead. I was concerned because I had seen on s couple of websites that it is bad to change your make of diltiazem because they have different formulations. It was too late to complain so I shrugged and took the Slozem. I was delighted to find it suited me much better so I asked the duty pharmacist if I could always have Slozem. NO, you get what I have in stock. You'll have to ask your doctor to specify it.
I phoned the prescription lady. NO, you have to ask the doctor.
I phoned the doctor. NO, I did not prescribe any of these fancy things, I prescribed generic diltiazem. What is he playing at? Why don't you go to the Medical centre pharmacy? ( inconvenient and they never stock enough of my tablets so it is inconvenient twice over) Tell the pharmacist what I said and tell me what he said, I want to know! (Abridged version....)
Phoned pharmacist. Nice lady this time. NO, slow release diltiazem is not available as a generic in that strength, but it is bad to change makes so I will flag you up for Slozem.
Chickened out of speaking to doctor again and left message with prescription lady......