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Re: Ritalin and UK prescriptions

Posted by Abby on October 29, 1999, at 19:32:06

In reply to Re: Ritalin (carol), posted by Jeff on October 28, 1999, at 21:59:50

I'm American, but spent about 8 months living in England and had to get a sertraline prescriptin (Zoloft US) (Lustral UK). The annoying thing about the Lustral is that the pills aren't scored to break in half.

In the US pills are poured into a pharmacist bottle with a label for dosing instructions (although they come prepackaged, and they're just transferring them to make it look like they are performing an important function. I'm not knocking pharmacists; I've found some to be very knowlefgeable and helpful, but if the manufacturers put the pills in small bottles, why do I need an orange one with the pharmacy label on it?)

In the UK prescription drugs and common pain killers come in boxes with the pills individually wrapped, the way that cold medicine is in the US. So, it might be hard to get a regular NHS physician or one in private practice to write a week-long script. The story might be different if you're in a university medical center.

It's too bad that bupropion (Wellbutrin) is unavailable in the UK. Have you thought about trying venlafaxine?

Good luck!





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