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to not understand inconsistency in pharmacies!

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kittylester Sat 24-May-14 14:20:45

Ages ago, DH was prescribed diclofenac for the slight residual pain he has after his hip replacement. After the scare about diclofenac he stopped taking that and started taking ibuprofen instead.

Yesterday, I tried to buy ibuprofen at Sainsbury's and, like an idiot, I owned up to wanting them for DH and the other medication he takes (including BP tabs) and the pharmacist refused to sell them to me.

Today, I went to the Boots in our village to collect my BP tabs and I also asked for the biggest box of ibuprofen and was told 'Make sure you read the leaflet before you take any'. confused

I know the reasons for not selling them, and I know I should have lied in Sainsburys blush, but surely there should be some consistency confused

kittylester Sun 25-May-14 10:11:55


nightowl Sun 25-May-14 10:01:06

Sorry kitty blush

Not woken up properly yet.

kittylester Sun 25-May-14 09:20:55

That was my point really nightowl - that there was inconsistency in how the situation was handled!

nightowl Sun 25-May-14 08:04:24

Am I the only one who is quite relieved that some pharmacists are actually checking whether some medications are appropriate/ safe/ the best option. As others have suggested, GPs are often rushed and not necessarily checking fully when they give out prescriptions. Pharmacists are perhaps better qualified in this area.

My OH's medication got in a right old mess after years of tinkering by successive GPs and made him very ill, to the point where for several months he thought he was dying. It was actually a new Consultant (not a pharmacist) that sorted it all out but it did show how GPs are not necessarily the best people to fully understand how certain medications can interact.

PRINTMISS Sun 25-May-14 07:47:13

Is this all going on because people are 'minding their backs' in case something awful does happen, and they might be sued for selling something which causes a serious reaction, and the person using the substance was not warned of any such thing?

JessM Sun 25-May-14 06:33:18

Because thrush is not "normal" in over 60s maybe and you should see your doctor?

annodomini Sat 24-May-14 22:45:52

When I tried to buy a Canesten oral and cream duo for thrush, I was told they couldn't give it to the over 60s. I had no problem getting it in New Zealand.

storynanny Sat 24-May-14 22:37:39

Kitty, diclofenac gel is amazing. Sold or prescribed as voltarol. It has greatly reduced the arthritic pain in my knees.
Ps Derby is where I went to school.

yogagran Sat 24-May-14 21:49:21

I've been able to buy migraine relief nasal spray that is normally only available on prescription from here:

rosequartz Sat 24-May-14 21:20:14

Yes, I think I did, but everyone just said yes, fine. Until I read something recently on the internet I thought it was fine hmm.

But could not buy mild hydrocortisone cream!

JessM Sat 24-May-14 21:09:09

Always best to ask the GP and the pharmacist to check? "is it OK for me to take these with xxx ?"

rosequartz Sat 24-May-14 20:59:50

Well, my GP has prescribed antibiotics for me which I have found are contra-indicated if I am on a certain medication - and the GP is well aware that the hospital has prescribed that medication for me. hmm

bikergran Sat 24-May-14 20:21:43

When I go for stuff for DH (cough medicine etc ) things that he has been having for yrs)I am now prepared...
Is this for yourself ---- yes!liar grin
are you on any medication --- no!!liar grin

Just have to make sure I don't go to my regular chemist where I get mine and DH perscriptions!

Ana Sat 24-May-14 19:48:48

rosequartz, I had that experience too, but in Boots! I just went in the next day and said I wanted it for my back - no problem...hmm

JessM Sat 24-May-14 19:42:18

agus no idea what supervise and validate might mean in this context.

rosequartz Sat 24-May-14 19:36:17

A chemist in Tesco refused to sell me a mild hydrocortisone cream because I said I wanted to use just a little on my face.
She said it would thin the skin and could damage it. Doctors routinely prescribe a much stronger cream for eczema with just a warning not to use too much! Why is it available off prescription if it is so harmful?

positivepam Sat 24-May-14 19:31:26

I agree that it wouldn't stop a determined suicide but, possibly may stop someone who might have just been thinking about suicide and who might have just acted on impulse. That persons life might be saved by the fact they could not buy a large quantity at once. As JessM said, it is a horribly slow death and the pain the person suffers can be horrendous so if any deaths can be prevented then surely that is a good thing. I just think if you need long term Paracetamol you could ask your G.P to prescribe it.

Grannyknot Sat 24-May-14 17:37:42

You can buy whatever you like from an online pharmacy UK based, as long as you fill in an assessment form. This site even has "My Favourites":


Agus Sat 24-May-14 17:27:46

I can only speak of my experience in France where pharmacists are required to have a 6-9 year degree as opposed to 4'years in Britain.

The French degree qualifies the pharmacist to supervise and validate all prescriptions.

Ana Sat 24-May-14 17:23:10

That's true, Jess, but limiting the number you can buy at a time isn't going to prevent a determined suicide - they'll just go to several different outlets.

JessM Sat 24-May-14 17:17:32

Quite aka including India I believe. I remember being DH being given over the counter antibiotics once in Spanish pharmacy.
I think pharmacists ought to be careful - probably more careful in lots of cases. Lots of drugs interact with other drugs. How many people do actually read all that small print on the leaflet? (Only the ones with really good eyesight) and they are often not written in lay person's terms.
Paracetamol is a dangerous drug that people use to commit suicide. It is a horrible death as it damages the liver and victims take days to die.

Agus Sat 24-May-14 17:15:09

It can be a good thing if you know which antibiotic you require for your condition.

I have done this a few times in France.

Aka Sat 24-May-14 17:04:08

Crossed posts Kitty that was not addressed to you!

Aka Sat 24-May-14 17:03:28

This is Not A Good Thing.

kittylester Sat 24-May-14 17:03:06

Hard luck to your DH Ann - jubilation here! I come from Derby! sad