Help required for private prescription wording - Thyroid UK

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Help required for private prescription wording

Kityfitz
Kityfitz
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I am increasingly concerned that my local GP will stop my Liothyronine and to this end have asked my Greek friend to send me some T3. Please can anyone advise me as to what the required wording of the prescription might be? Thank you as always for being a great forum and a huge support for Thyroid sufferers.

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SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator

I don't think a UK prescription will be filled in Greece. What is mentioned here about private prescriptions for T3 being filled outside the UK is for those sent to Germany. Details here

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/treatm...

Although T3 is supposed to be prescription only in Greece, occasionally an odd packet can be obtained from a pharmacy here or there.

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Kityfitz

Thank you for your reply. I am on T3 currently but remain constantly concerned that at any moment it will be stopped. When this occurred in 2017 I was ill for almost a year. I now rarely attend the surgery for any matter for fear that they will ‘review ‘ my medication. What a tragic situation we find ourselves in.

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SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator
in reply to Kityfitz

If you have been on prescribed T3 and have a clinical need, they can't stop it, or you can appeal. SlowDragon knows more about this.

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Babette

As long as we're part of the EU, prescriptions issued in the UK should be fine in another EU country (if the medication is available):

europa.eu/youreurope/citize...

I think the thing to watch is the dose stated - UK is 20mcg whereas some other countries are 25 mcg.

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helvella
helvellaAdministrator
in reply to Babette

Also, that the German Henning Thybon uses Liothyronine hydrochloride, whereas most (I think actually, all) other products uses Liothyronine sodium.

So long as it just says Liothyronine, it will be fine.

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BadHare

Your friend should be able to buy it without prescription.

Not all pharmacists stock it, & some say it doesn't exist, but s/he should be able to get one to order some if she's a local.

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Kityfitz
Kityfitz
in reply to BadHare

Thank you for you reply. It’s certainly worth a try. I am concerned that the cost of T3 in this country is the main driver behind the many reviews my medication attracts. Despite my prescription being Endocrinologist led.

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