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GP reacting rather oddly to prescription request!

hi everyone, I just had a new experience with my GP - emailed my repeat request as usual, but this time it was quite soon after my last request, as I have had a more unstable time the last couple of weeks and thus assiduously taking my oxis four times a day and never forgetting a dose of flixotide - so oxis lasting 8 days and flixotide 16 days. It takes a couple of days to get the prescription done by the GP and then I have to find time to pick it up and go to the chemists, all of which is fine with me but takes about a week in total generally so I was trying to allow for this ""lead time"" and be ultra-organised lol.

GP (not my usual one) writes on the top of my email printout ""Practice policy only to issue one preventer as it should last a month [!?] and requesting oxis too soon after last issued, needs asthma review"". I must say I am generally very happy with my GP and the whole practice, and I very rarely see them as am under consultant care for my asthma, but I think this guy can't count! 120 puffs in an inhaler at 8 puffs a day I'm sure comes out at 15 days plus a few extra puffs! I suppose it serves me right for suddenly being 100% compliant lol - I don't take lunchtime and early evening oxis if I have been really well all day as I get no bronchodilation and only side effects, so I quite often use only half the oxis I ""should"" according to my prescription and I guess they'd got used to that!

Anyone else been told they are using too many meds when they're actually just being ""good""? New experience for me! I will continue to be ""good"" and go to asthma review though not sure what they will suggest given that I have spent several years settling on a regime with my consultant.....

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Yes I have had similar - in fact I did have to actually show the surgery my calclations for ho9w long it will last - and it's worse when you have a holiday like Christmas to cover over too as need it sooner!

It's a penny counting thing!!! I mean hevaen forbid what will you do with an ""extra"" inhaler? Use it???


thanks Me, nice to hear I am not alone in this as in so many experiences! However I would defend this particular GP on the penny-counting front - the practice spends a vast amount of money funding my exceedingly expensive drug regime and nobody has ever so much as murmured or queried any of it, so I will definitely give him the benefit of the doubt and think he is concerned that my asthma is out of control and I am sitting at home overdosing on oxis!

I work for a money-obsessed NHS Foundation Trust so I don't have any illusions about the importance of finance in medicine these days, sadly, (if I get one more email about ""market share in teenage cancer"" (yes, really), or our ""financial recovery plan"" I think I'll scream), but don't want to be too cynical if I can help it!



You are certainly not alone , it took nearly a year for my Gp to finally get my scripts right after the last they were changed at RBH.

They did not seem to be able to comprhend that a symbicort inhaler with 60 puffs in wold only last me 10 days!! I am on the 400/12 and take 3 puffs x2 a day , they kept on giving me 2 inhalers which of course only lasted 20 days not the required 28 days they seemed to think it should!!!

I have had similar probs with pred and nebs too!! Thankfully after a rather long appt with one of the more able GP in my practice it is now sorted so please keep trying and if need be u will literally have to show them the basic equation !!! GOOD LUCK!


Hey EJ. Probably someone not au fait with your case, or that you're medically qualified yourself, concerned that your asthma is getting out of control - as you say. Plus not quite doing their maths....ah well, I suppose it does show that someone's thinking about issuing repeat scripts, rather than just signing them off.

I've had a similar thing with my GP surgery; once it's actually discussed with my regular GP, it's fine.


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