Fibromyalgia Action UK

Tramadol becomes a controlled drug from 10th June 2014

Hi All,

I don't know how many of you will be affected but I know I am not the only fibromite who is prescribed tramadol as a matter of routine as little else touches my pain.

This morning I saw the emergency GP about this horrific pain in my back and loins which has stopped me being able to function for 3 days now, and she prescribed diazepam to relax the muscles, and topped up my tramadol supplies too, but told me that from 10th June 2014, tramadol was becoming a controlled drug and would no longer be available on repeat prescription and will be much harder for me to come by. She acknowledged my needs hadn't changed and I still required it, but that I'd have to have an appointment whenever I wanted some in order to justify the prescription. To me this came as a blow as getting an appointment is really difficult, and they only prescribe enough for 11 days, so I'd be going back at least twice a month just for a script. A right royal pain in the @rse :( has anyone else heard this?


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Hi there jigsawcat :)

Thankyou for bringing this to our attention, this subject was discussed earlier in the week so here's the link if you'd like to take a look at that. It will affect many people but as far as we worked out between us it will not be affecting repeat scripts as such but the electronic prescription service as the system doesn't include it until 2016.

Kind regards

:) xxxsianxxx :)


Hi my friend, yes, as sian says we discussed this during the week and as she say's it won't really kick in fully until 2016. However there may be some surgeries who run different systems but it should only be a matter of getting a script signed off by a GP which they should be able to achieve without too much hassle. I have MST on repeat, and there never seems to be a problem with that and it's a CD, the only thing one has to remember is to take some form of identification with you when signing for CD's as you will be asked for it.

How are you doing my friend? I do hope that the tonsillitis is on the way out ? Oh and do give our sleek and shiny friend a big cuddle from me :-)

Sending lots of positive healing vibes your way :-)

Foggy x



yes I had heard about this. Like you, Tramadol works really well for me and I don't know what I will do if my GP stops it.




Oh dear, all my scripts are electronic, bum........



Hi I am on tramadol have been for about 7years now what happens now?x


Hi andy :)

This link takes you to an article from PULSE magazine on 12 March 2014 | By Caroline Price

It discusses the tighter prescribing rules on Tramadol and I thought you may be interested to read it :)

Hope this helps you a little :) and also the link I have give in my reply to jigsawcat above has a link to the other debate about it which was at the weekend which may be of interest to you.

:) xxxsianxxx :)


Hi Jigsawcat

I think that we are probably going to see a lot more of this and policies emerge that are stricter on possible medication misuse and overdosing? Do you remember a few years ago a law was put in place to restrict the size / amount of Paracetamol that you could purchase at a single time? I think these laws are just extensions of this?

I genuinely hope that you are feeling well today.

Ken x


I hadn't heard that so tanks for bringing it to our attention. as regards o needing to see doctor can you not ask them to do a phone appointmet and do it that way. I have had C Ds prescribed from phon pp.




Hi I moved off of tramdoll to morphine MST eight years ago and morphine as you know is a controlled drug. I always get a months worth and just intsial the blue box in the corner of the prescription form .I do not have to see the doctor at all as it on repeat and has been all this time so either my GP is a bit lax or yours is cautious .


oh I get mine on a monthly repeat but I am now being put on co dydramol as I am immune to tramadol as been on it from 2005


i asked at my gp surgery and i can get it on repeat i have 6 monthly script that go to local chemist i ring chemist a few days before i need them and are ready to collect wnen i go for them this will carry on as usual as long as i don't try to over order on themas the usage is tracked.lilian


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