I got two weeks script from surgeon, and then two months each time from GP. On initial visit I was told that I had to see GP each time so they could check BP etc etc. But when trying to book app for next script just before Christmas I was told by the receptionist that I could get these on repeat and didn't need to see GP. (So much for non clinical staff not giving clinical advice!!). I too have an arrangement now with my pharmacy, they will organise repeat, pick up and have them ready for me every two months. I check my BP at home, but have been going to GP anyway as I developed froz shoulder symptoms and am now waiting to hear about my physio referral.
Interesting to read about acupuncture being prescribed - I asked my BCM about this, as I'd had it on my other side for froz shoulder, and was told I should avoid acupuncture because of possibility of lymphdema! Seems everyone has different opinions on everything!
I find it inconvenient to only have 30 tablets at a time too, but thought that was just the way it was prescribed. Now, thanks to you ladies I know different! I will be making an appointment with my GP to get this revised asap.
I will be interested to hear any replies as i am currently using Starflower Oil which has been helpful in reducing the number but still get flushes if i get anxious and night sweats. I am a lot warmer all the time, on cotton bedding, poor Hubby keeps digging out a little fleece blanket (from when our Son was little and having afternoon naps) as i keep turning the heating off.
Looking forward to replies.. Gilly x
As you say my GP sounds really thorough. I have been fortunate not to have been poorly before, apart from basic Chest infecion and some minor Gynae stuff, but i think you're right and i am lucky.
Unfortunately i have had to get to know him quite well over the last twelve months and he is very receptive to and happy to discuss my taking supplements such as Glucosamine (re. jpint pain etc) and Starflower Oil (Hot Flushes), although the PCT doesn't allow these items on Prescription.
I do hope the Hot Flushes settle for you after a while. Have you heard of the Knicker Magnet. I haven't used it personally but have seen a number of favourable comments from Ladies using it to prevent / moderate the Flushes.
Take Care. Gilly x
I commenced Tamoxifen in July this year and my GP has just increased my prescription to 2 months supply. Initially he would only give me one month at a time. His rationle is that he wanted to see me each time so we could discuss any side effects, check BP etc. He reckons it is a very effective but powerful drug and wanted to monitor it's efficacy along with any side effects in the early days.
Take Care Gilly x
I have a number of drugs on repeat prescription including Tamoxifen. I always get 30 days supply of all of them. This is because they have to be reviewed every so many weeks as they don't like to do what they did in the old days, give tablets out like sweets and not check up on whether they are still right for the patient. I also have a review every year of all my drugs. I know this seems odd, considering Tamoxifen was initially subscribed by my oncologist, but I was originally on Anastrazole and had to change to Tamoxifen. So they like to make sure they are prescribing me the correct meds to be on the safe side.
I have been on tamoxifen since June and my prescription is for 60. I have asked for that to be increased but I only ever see locums and they are reluctant to change it.
However at Asda they have taken my details and say that they will pick up my next prescription from the gp when it is due and text me when it is ready for me to collect, so will see if that works!