After waiting many weeks to see a consultant endo. I went to Hull on 24th Feb. I needed to see a consultant to sign off on changing my lio from Pharma as I'd had problems with Pharma for almost 18 months. There was no consultant endo present!!! I had to see a very new Registrar, who had no knowledge what so ever but did her best to help me.
I have been a vegetarian for over 40 years and wanted a vege friendly lio tablet.
The registrar said that I should take an Alliance Health Care gluten and lactose free tablet, which was also vege friendly. She found it online. I was very happy. She sent a fax to my gp.
My gp wrote me a prescription for this the next day. Then my problems started. I had assumed that A.H.C. was a manufacturer but they are a distributor. As the registrar had asked my gp to give me 20mg tablets, I ended up back with my usual Pharma tablet. Neither my gp nor Tesco pharmacy had heard of a lactose and gluten free lio tablet.
I got the strength corrected from 20mg to 25mg and 5mg and tried again.
I was given Sandoz 25mg tablets ( Austrian and non vegetarian ) and Perigo 5mg tablet ( U.S.A. and vegetarian) Pharmacist told me, they could ask for vege tablets but would have to accept what came in. They probably would not know if the tablets are/are not vege. I would also get a different brand potentially every time. I would need a named brand ONLY prescription if I wanted vege and/or the same tablet every time.
It took five weeks to sort this out. I now have a prescription for Perigo ONLY in both my required strengths. My gp faxed this to Tesco a couple of weeks ago. Last Wednesday, I telephone and was told that they had obtained Perigo in both strengths. Yesterday, on collection I found I had Sandoz again in 25mg and the correct Perigo 5mg. The pharmacist ignored the "Perigo ONLY" request and gave me Sandoz "as you had it last time". I told them that this was not acceptable.
Tesco are now trying to get hold of Perigo 25mg - they say A.H.C. only supply 5mg but they have said they will look into obtaining 25mg. The are also trying another "specials" company _ Lexon (I think). I am going to Germany early next Saturday morning and will run out whilst I'm there. Pharmacist told me to take 12 a day of the 5mg tablets but that only gives me another eight days and it is a really expensive option so doctor definitely will not be happy!
I know that Perigo 25mg is available from the <online pharmacy> but can Tesco pharmacy obtain it from there for me on the NHS? I know I can buy it from them myself with a prescription but it is really expensive and well beyond my budget.
Does anyone know where Tesco can obtain Perigo 25mg for me?
Does anyone know of any other make of vege lio that is easier to obtain? I would really prefer to have Perigo as it's strength can not legally vary as much as European lio.- it has to be + or - 5% instead of 10% here.
I would be really grateful for any help or suggestions.
Thank you in advance.
I have been a vegetarian for more than forty years, so really wanted a vegetarian lio. My local Tesco pharmacy I have, at last got my gp to give me a prescription for Perigo ONLY in 25mg and 5mg strengths.
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