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Enteric Coated 1mg Prednisolone

PMR Pro mentioned you could get the 1mg in the UK, I asked my pharmacist if they had them and he said no but to leave it with him and he would find out. We use the pharmacy at Tescos and find them excellent. He phoned me to say they were coming in so all I had to do was order them online....like I usually do for my meds.

When I went on line this time they had put a stop on all my medication until I saw a doctor! That could take up to three weeks, but when I phoned them they said I could have a telephone appointment in 8 days. That was yesterday It was OK really. The GP went through the list of things I take and said yes to the enteric coated 2.5 ( which I already use) and 1 mgs. and I asked him to take the Lansoprozole off as I did not find it was any good to me. So really not really costing any more. Now my data says next review date Nov 18!

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Good!

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Why do we all seem to have a problem with 1mg enteric coated pills? I order my prescription online and finally managed to get my surgery to add the word "enteric" to the 1mg dose. But when it reached the pharmacy it had reverted to the ordinary 1mg.

My pharmacist said a 1mg enteric pill didn't exist. I said that it did and that it was yellow (learnt that through health unlocked). He was sceptical but said he would check, which he did while I waited. Shock, I was right! He said he'd learned something, but couldn't dispense the pill until I had a revised prescription. So off I trotted to the surgery.

The doctor said that there was no different in the coated and uncoated pills as they all did the same job. I explained that the coated pills meant that I need not take lansoprazole. Having convinced the doctor of the need for coated pills a new prescription was duly written and delivered to the pharmacy.

Result, I now have a full set of enteric coated pills: 1, 2.5 and 5 mg. Success.

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Result!!!! These pills have been available for over a year - wonder how long it will take for the news to filter through!!!!

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I think they make a difference, Roy46. I am glad you managed to get them. May

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They do make a difference, May. I've had all 3 strengths of enteric-coated pred for months now. (Maybe my GPs and/or pharmacy are better than I thought!) I also take loads of other tabs (3 x diabetes, blood pressure, etc) and used to have terrible problems w dyspepsia, gastritis etc. A main culprit was Metformin, and there was a big improvement when I stopped that. But once I was on enteric-coated pred the difference was huge. I could stop Omeprazole, and then soon found that I hardly ever needed ranitidine (Zantac) or Gaviscon either. What a relief! As others have said - thanks to this forum.

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I have had all 3 dose sizes of gastro-resistant pred for at least 6 months. When I asked my lovely GP for the 1mg tablets, he said they didn't exist, but thanks to this forum, I told him they did and he was grateful to learn from 'us'! I weaned myself off Lansoprazole this summer. What a carry on! (That's a quote from a late friend of mine - as near as she ever got to swearing - a wonderful woman and she had GCA.)

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I have had the 2,5 for about a year but I was mixing with the ordinary 1mg Hope my gastric problems might be less now May

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