Hi everyone who's posted,
I started on the standard 1 month supply but my doctor agreed to give 2 months supply of tamoxifen and thyroxine without any quibbles.
I can understand one month when you start but seems a bit strange once you have been on the med's for awhile. Have you asked in the context of it making life easier (given the frequency of other med appointments, less trips to GP surgery or chemist, less impact re fatigue etc) - it sounds like you alll have. Maybe try again and see if your doctor has a change of heart?
Hi mm I'm taking letrozole and thyroxine and the gp will only prescribe a month although having said that I have never asked so maybe they would we don't pay for the prescriptions so it wouldn't make any difference not quite sure love judi xxx
Since starting them 2 years ago, I've always received 2 months supply of both anastrozole and thyroxine. I also ask for Teva brand of anastrozole whenever I place my request for repeats and to-date haven't had any problems with them supplying it (I've always had continuity in the brand of thyroxine although I've never requested a particular one). Personally, as we're on these things for 5+ years, I can't see why we couldn't be given a longer supply! From what you are saying, I feel extremely fortunate that I can simply do an online request to my docs and collect exactly what I want from my local pharmacy. Good luck.
Thanks everyone for your replies.
I shall ask if I can have 2 months supply of Anastrazole when I see doctor tomorrow. Already been told it's 1 month only for Thyroxine though so not too optimistic. Think a financial reason must be why.
Rubycat I have already had problems with keeping on the same brand. I want to stay on TEVA for Anastrazole but a few weeks ago I was told by my surgery (they do in house prescriptions) that they had changed providers and so could no longer give me the same brands of my my tablets each month (if I continued to get my prescriptions from them I would be given anything which had come in). I decided to get my prescriptions elsewhere to keep the continuity of the brands as I know about the differing brands and effects as have had problemswith Thyroxine. They also said they were not allowed to specify a particular brand on the prescription either! Bascially I now have to collect paper prescriptions each time fromthe doctors and then go round several different chemists to find one who can get the brand I want. I have found Boots are very helpful and the best.
The whole thing is quite stressful and time consuming as always at the doctors getting prescriptions and then at chemists! 😞
I take Thyroxine and get 2 months supply, but only 1month of letrozole. Plus other medication, am always at the chemist x
I've been getting 2 months anastrozole since the beginning 2 yrs ago, so ask your doc if they would oblige. I did find that the various brands provided different side effects - you may have none at all - but keep a note of the brand and any side effects you do have. When you find one which really suits you, ask doc to name that brand on your prescription. Here's hoping for no side effects for you. xxx
I used to get my tamoxifen two months at a time. Some while ago that changed to one month. It's really stupid, as I don't pay for my prescriptions, being a cancer patient, but the NHS now has to pay twice the admin costs to process these prescriptions. Not joined up thinking at all. I'd like to know what jobsworth manager thought that one up.
I asked for, and get, 2 months at a time, as it is a real drag having to go to the pharmacy every month and you have to plan ahead for holidays.. In a few months i might ask for three months at a time and see what they say. Good luck. xx
Just wondering if anyone is able to get more than a months supply of their prescriptions at a time? I have been told only allowed 1 month of Thyroxine at a time and just wondered if that rule applied to Anastrazole etc too?
What is others experience? Would be nice to get more as always seem to be at the chemists! 😮