I recently answered a question about the reluctance of GP's to prescribe Cynomel and other T3 drugs due to cost. I have just spent a few months in France (back in UK now) and discovered I was able to buy Cynomel at the chemist, without a prescription, for 3 euros (30 tablets x 0.025mg). I went to 2 chemists and was able to buy a pack at each, no problem (although only 1 pack at a time). I mentioned that I was spending a day in Bordeaux and would see if it was the same there. Well, I went to 3 separate chemists there and none of them had any in stock (one did offer to order some for that afternoon but I wasn't going to be there long enough) so maybe this is to do with the shortage people have mentioned?
I intended to try other chemists in the last couple of days there but unfortunately ended up in the emergency department of the local hospital with severe (ie. agonizing) pain in my left kidney area. My GP (I use to go to him when living there) sent me straight to hospital where I had an MRI, blood tests, urine tests etc.as well as having dye injected to show any kidney problems. I think it was a kidney stone as the pain went from awful (4 hours of it) to nothing in a second but hospital said they couldn't see one so it wasn't that. Anyway, the reason I mention this is because when I arrived at the hospital (the pain had completely gone and I felt as right as rain but my doctor insisted I still went) I had to go through all the health questions and the doctor was appalled when I said that I was taking Levothyroxine (50 mcg) and Cynomel (12.5 mcg) per day - she said that nobody should EVER take both. I was intrigued as there definitely seems to be a consensus on here and other sites that it is fine to take both. I am self-medicating the Cynomel until I see my own GP next week, I will stick with it but definitely mention it to her.
Basically do not all rush to Calais to buy Cynomel as it appears to be in short supply and I was just fortunate to get some at smaller, rural chemists. My husband returns to France for a week in October and I will ask him to buy some for me - I will let you know how he gets on.