I work near a boots and asked them if they could get teva in for me... the answer is no 😞 So I do go Lloyds pharmacy and they get it in for me. I went through nearly every brand and teva seems to be the best, not brilliant, but better than the rest.
Would love to know what Wil!iam101 thinks about buying Novaldex online. What are his thoughts re this? X
Oopppps sorry just saw it was Carol who sent the link - thanks Carol xx
Hi William, I am post menopausal, but as I cldnt tolerate the ananzstrozole oncologist wanted me to try tamoxifen. I struggled with this too. My oncologist wrote to gp and said I should be prescribed Nolvadex tamoxifen but gp said not manufactured and gave me teva, struggled on this too. When I saw oncologist last week he said mol added is def still available so I go to see my gp (new lady) this Thursday and will def show her the link Foxyferret has sent.
I am 2 years 4 months from first surgery and am NED but worry I am tempting fate by not taking the tamoxifen. Will see what gp says and may consider buying the nolvadex on line for myself to see if it makes a difference.
thanks Foxyferret for the link
Not sure if you're interested but apparently you can buy Nolvadex online. It's about 38/39 pounds for 3 month supply. Might be worth it for quality of life and peace of mind.
Good luck & best wishes
It should still be manufactured by AstraZeneca UK Ltd, but not sure. Give them a call on 08007830033 or e-mail email@example.com. You might only be able to get it on a private prescription, but again I'm not 100% sure.
If you're having trouble with teva, a lot of people find that relonchem is a good alternative, unfortunatly it is out of stock but should be back by mid October.
Arimidex is usually indicated for treatment of hormone receptor-positive advanced breast cancer but can be used in early invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It can also be used in postmenopausal early invasive breast cancer who have had 2-3 years of tamoxifen treatment, maybe why your GP refused to prescribe it for you. Most people find that Wockhart is the worst of the brands and few get along well with it. Your pharmacy can order any brand of tamoxifen from a generic Prescription, but if the prescription states a brand, they can only give you that brand. Ask your GP or ONC to prescribe generic and hopefully the relonchem will work out better for you.Good Luck.
May I ask if you are premenopausal as Anastrazole should not be used in premenopausal women without a biochemichally defined lutenising hormone or follicle stimulating hormone level if there is any menopausal doubt, maybe that's why you didn't get on with it. It can also diminish bone density and added risk of fractures.
Going to throw another brand in to see what the fantastic William101 can advise!!! 😀😀😀
I finished treatment Dec 14 and my onc wanted me to start ananstrozole in Jan 15 managed 15 days with horrendous side effects. He said I could try Arimadex but my gp refused to prescribe it. onc tried for 12 months to get me to try Tamoxifen but was too scared to until my surgeon said please give it a go, my onc said he wanted me to use Nolvadex due to severe side effects of the ananstrozole - my gp said Nolvadex no longer make it. So I went on the generic Teva brand
i tried for 6 weeks and suffered badly so stopped.
Can the wonderful William tell us if this is true.
you may regret the day you posted on here William as we ladies have lots of questions re our hormone therapy prescriptions
THANK YOU FOR BEING SO OPEN 😄
The cost of the brand makes no difference to the pharmacy, if they endorse the RX with the brand given the NHS pays for it anyway, and you're right about the cost less than £2 per pack!! Independent Pharmacies will try and rip you off at every opportunity.
Just wanted to add my praise of Boots - they bothered to take note of my docs request for the Accord brand when the doctor's pharmacy refused to order it as they said it was too expensive - just seen somewhere that it costs less than £2!! Arrrgh. Big thank you Boots.
Check with the BNF (British National Formulary) you can find it online, gives all herbal and medicinal interactions.
To be honest some are brilliant, some don't really care and if you get a locum you might as well talk to the wall. Most of us try to do our best under pressure, but certain drugs and conditions you have to take the time to deal with it as best you can. And you get people complaining because they've got conjunctivitis!
I work for Boots. All they have to do is pick up the phone to their supplier Unichem and ask for Teva brand, even on a generic prescription as long as its endorsed with the brand given and the NHS pays for the cost of the drug and the dispensing fee, they are just being lazy. Next time you go in tell them to phone unichem in front of you, if they phone before 11am it will be with them in the afternoon delivery. It's shocking they've not offered to do this for you. I have a shelf full of Teva in my dispensary. Some meds do go mcs (Manufacturer cannot supply) from time to time but never for very long.
Go to your Boots pharmacy and tell them you are having trouble with WH, many people do. All they have to do is phone their supplier (Unichem) and order teva or relochem, if they say they can't then complain to the store manager and just say the magic phrase "GPHC" and you will get the brand you want (if it's in stock at suppliers, some meds do go out of production from time to time) Even on a generic prescription all the pharmacy have to do is endorse it with the brand given. I'm a Pharmacy Tech for Boots and i do it all the time, it costs us nothing apart from a 2 min phone call. They are just being lazy and extremly unprofessional.
Yes if the GP prescribes generic tamoxifen then the pharmacy will give you what they have. But a good pharmacy will order your preferred brand for you if you explain you don't get along with teva or wockhart ect.
I have a patient who can only take relonchem and i order it for her even from a generic RX, as long as the precription is endorsed with the brand it makes no difference, they just can't be bothered.
I've had WH consistently for the past few months and they are definitely the least agreeable, nothing major but odd days of feeling sickly and having palpitations, today I've picked up my repeat prescription and these are of no specific brand from what I can see, just says Genesis Pharmacy on the side so god knows what they will do!
I am having a skin rash on WH , have been told to try Teva Brand but although it's listed no one even a large Boots only stock WH . Has WH paid a back hander to the suppliers so that they only stock this brand or is this so cheap that margins are better alround for using it. I think that its a disgrace that we are made have only one choice. I now don't know what to do except go back onto WH and watch out for the skin rash does anyone have any ideas where you might get another brand in the UK?????
Sorry but can't recommend re lack of sleep as I had disturbed nights on tam and also now with anastrozole -think it's par for the course with all hormone therapies.But can say that as much exercise as you can cope with and things like blackout curtains and going to bed same time every night does help.Also try not to have caffeine after lunch time although as a coffee and tea addict I find that hard!
Hugs and best wishes x
Hi I've tried 3 different brands, WH, Teva & Relonchem, the anxiety is definitely worse on WH. Teva and Mylan are supposed to be the best so maybe ask your chemist if they can get these in for you. Good luck
Thanks for letting me know, I have stopped the sage, do you know of anything that helps with the sleep. Have changed brand again as hated the wind caused by Teva. Jules
Please can anyone who has changed tomoxifen brand due to acute anxiety please can you let me know if your anxiety symptoms decreased and what brand you used. I am really suffering with this thank you
There are quite a few authorities - have a look online or check with the BCN-THAT indicate there may be an interaction between tamoxifen and sage which makes the drug less effective.Sorry if I have worried you but I
feel it is worth pointing out.Same applies to grapefruit
A friend advised me that Tamoxifen comes in various brands something I was unaware of and the doctors don't tell you this either. I was having problems sleeping and the notorious hot flushes at all hours of the night and day, the only positive was weight loss not gain. Having changed to Teva I am now sleeping through the night and the hot flushes have disappeared. Slight weight gain is a bonus considering the other 2 are not longer happening. I also take Sage supplement from Holland and Barrett as this is supposed to help with the sleeping pattern.
I have been adviced by my McMillan nurse to go onto Nolvadex (Tamoxifen).
But none of my local chemists stock it.
Can anyone help?
Is it still being made?