Hello everyone, my name is Gustavo. I am new to the community so this is my first post, and it's actually a question. I hope you can help me with this.
I live in Mexico, in September I will be starting a 1 year postgraduate course in a HE institution in the UK. I was diagnosed with RA earlier this year, and I'm currently taking Leflunomide (20 mg) and Hydroxychloroquine (200 mg), one of each a day. I have several concerns since I am not familiar with the health system in the UK. My main concerns are:
Do you know if I can buy those two medicines at any pharmacy in the UK? (Are these controlled drugs in the UK? Would I need a prescription?)
Would I need to get examined by a doctor in the UK in order to get a prescription and, hence, buy my medication?
Who should I ask how much medication can I bring with me when first arriving in the UK? (Would I need to declare it when passing through customs?)
I am in contact with the international students support group in my university, but I though I may ask someone else for a quicker response.
I read on a similar post that it is recomended I bring a letter from my doctor stating my condition and the medicines I need. I also know I should get quarterly check-ups to make sure everything is ok, I can contact the NHS for that, right?
Thank you for your attention.
Gustavo Medina Vazquez