Tonight I have put a question regarding a RED CARD, withdrawn medication.

How many of us when taking our medications record any serious contraindications.

This does not really need to be by your GP you can do this on your own right, although it is best to do it via your GP, This can help doctors and hospitals keep an eye on anything that is showing up that is a source of concern, you are not rocking the boat or upsetting the apple cart. This can prevent problems that can be fatal I do not want to be extreme here although this information can be very useful to organizations like NICE or other patients that are not fortunate enough and have had very serious problems with this assumed medication.

So it is up to us we are the customers here if you purchased a bad pie would you not take it back, it is just a thought

All the best


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  • Hi Bob, Where do you live? If I ate a bad pie I would be sick !! I have never heard of the RED CARD allert system In the UK there is a Yellow Card system for the GPs to complete if a patient suffers any adverse reactions It goes to a government dept for the Commision on Human Medicines. I did ask a drug company how often GPs report any adverse reactions and was told that it is rare !!!

    We seem to be talking a lot tonight, or rather, me, A side effect of the Fentanyl patches I use !!!

    Regards Moggiemay

  • Hello moggiemay

    I thought I had replied last night, I understand you live North of the border,

    We live just outside Berwick now and Hazel and I come from competing Border Riever Clans, battles still commence.

  • Hi Bob thanks for your message. I am a Dundonian but I live in West Lothian.

    My niece is a Pharmacist and I get info from her, I will ask her about the Red Card I find that the Drs give you medication but never check any side effects and when I read the leaflet it says do not take this if you have this or that, We cant win

    I am also a retired Senior Nurse who doesn;t have good PC skills. I thought you were a Yank without a sence of humour when I mentioned the train Station, my wicked sence of humour

    Kind regards Moggiemay

  • Hello moggiemay

    Sorry about what I said about train, I was just being sarcastic.

    All the very best


  • The RED CARD is when their is a problem and the drug is withdrawn

    The yellow card is filled in to report a contraindication so they can keep an eye on what is going on as you will see when you read the instructions in the packet.

    The yellow card system seems to be used up here in our surgery, according to our doctor.

    They may be out of the ordinary.

    I live way up on the Scottish border, you from Lancashire

    All the best


  • I've used the yellow card scheme for one medication.

  • I would like Drs to check for adverse reactions with your other meds before they prescribe anything new for you. The following is true: my then Consultant at District Infirmary asked my GP to prescribe Duloxetine for me. He was insistent. I looked it up on Medscape (comprehensive medical reference/ updates/ news for Doctors, thought to be a reliable source by the profession) and found Duloxetine was contraindicated for me because it has "potentially fatal" reactions with TWO of the meds I am on!

    Medscape is available to all as an App for smartphones and tablets, is free, and is updated regularly. I have left that consultant!

  • It has saved me from adverse medication events to be familiar with my meds. True story: I asked an orthopaedic surgeon for a neuropathic painkiller: he offered me a) co-codamol: not neuropathic and contains Paracetomol. I was already of the max dose per day (4g) of Paracetomol. He would have overdosed me. B) He then offered Tramodol. Not neuropathic, and I had been over all meds with him and he had it all written down. I was already on max dose per day of Tramodol. I had to stop him overdosing me, twice! Should I report this, and if so how?

  • Hello

    We all should report medicine problems to our GP because it prevents far to many complications

    All the best


  • My flare-ups of intolerable pain in foot, toes + leg were diagnosed as Neuropathic pain,

    & Co Codamol 30 / 500 was prescribed along with 75 mg Amitryptyline. This combination definitely works, and fairly quickly, esp. the Co codamol. Paracetamol on its own does nothing for me. Annoyingly, of course, the Codeine sends me to sleep, so I can't take it during the day. But I met other people in hospitals who take Co-codamol for their neuropathic pain.

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