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1mg coated Pred

Please can anyone tell me how to find out the cost of 1mg coated Pred versus 1mg uncoated plus Lanzoprazole?

I have been taking 2 x 2.5 coated, no Ppi for 4 weeks and now no bloated stomach. I am reducing 5 to 4.5 DSNS method so asked for 1mg coated instead of my usual uncoated to be told at chemist "no such thing". I quoted the findings from this site (re your good selves), then told "erm well difficult to get them and not cost effective". I said I would not be taking Lanzoprazole so one less cost. I have to ring back tomorrow to see what they will do.

So I'm hoping to find out what the difference in cost will be, much appreciate any answers.

Thank you.

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I copied this from one of PMRpro ’s posts a while back. Probably not this years figures, but proves you’re right in your thinking:

Uncoated pred:

1mg tab, 28=76p.

5mg tab, 28=86p.

Coated pred:

1mg, 30=£1.91.

2.5mg, 28=£1.14.

5mg, 28=£1.18.

Omeprazole

10mg, 28=£7.90.

20mg, 28=£6.18.

40mg, 7=£6.20.

plain pred plus omeprazole costs significantly more than giving enteric coated pred

there is an extra dispensing fee for the pharmacy.

I had it ready in my phone to show my G.P., but unexpectedly he didn’t argue and prescribed gastric resistant pred. Anyway, if your doc prescribed it, it’s not the pharmacist’s job to change it. I’ve already had that convo with my pharmacist: if Dr prescribes PLAIN, they have to issue plain, and vice versa. My pharmacy hasn’t expressed any difficulties in obtaining them (Kent) and have them as stock, not even having to order them in (so far!).

Like you I had real issues with PPI, bloating. Both GP and rheum then wanted me on Ranitidine, anything over 75mg gave me diarrhoea. So now on GR coated, and reflux/indigestion improved within days.

Good luck!

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Wow brilliant, thank you so much for this. Taken photo for my proof!

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Just for your info, and to keep you one step ahead of the chemist...my GR 1mg tablets are from Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Avonbridge House, Bath Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2BB

Now I wouldn’t know that unless I was looking at a box of these ‘non existent’ tablets, would I?

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Got it!

Many thanks Soraya!

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The figures we were given 3 years ago were that 30 tablets gastro-resistant pred cost £1.86, 30 tablets plain pred £1.31. 30 tablets PPI also cost £1.86. Each of those scripts comes with a dispensing fee that the NHS has to pay the dispensing chemist and which can vary from 70p upwards.

Who did you go to? If you can, find an independent chemist and avoid Boots (I won't even cross the threshold!).

I don't care if it isn't "not cost effective". If it removes a medical problem - that is worth gold.

And I'm sure you will find this thread of interest:

healthunlocked.com/lupusuk/...

Full instructions!!!! And your GP can provide you with a private script for the tablets if necessary - but they cannot charge you for it if you are registered with them (they would be providing the service anyway).

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It's Manor Park Pharmacy, which is in the surgery, so I think will be independent.

Thank you so much for all this help and soraya has come up trumps as well, so I'm armed to the teeth and will find another chemist if necessary !

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I wouldn't be too sure - bet they have the doctors looking over their shoulders to save money!!!!

But I would go to a few chemists and enquire. Trouble is it is a bit difficult to let the fingers do the walking...

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Yes I think they might well be!

Many thanks.

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Thanks to the info from this group, I now have both 5mg and 1mg gastro resistant tablets on my repeat prescription. My GP didn’t question it, I’m pleased to say. I’m wondering if I can stop taking Omeprozole now? Leave it for a while I think.

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There is also a 2.5mg gastro resistant tablet - very useful for reducing too as you can't cut them.

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Ooh yum! I do like a bit of beeswax with my pred :)

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No worries there then!

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🤗🐝

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