Min.............sadly no advice forthcoming yet
Joanne..............the precriber is our GP with our neurologist's recommendations but I will phone the helpline to see what they suggest.Our pharmacist did not recommend cutting our 4mg into half.
Gus......I'm off tomorrow around all our local pharmacies to see if they have it, thanks for your suggestion.I thought that hospital pharmacies only dealt with in house prescribing on discharge from hospital and that you cannot just turn up with a prescription???
The best that our pharmacy could come up with today, after I went away with the date that I mentioned, was, we have a generic form of the medication, BUT, OH has to have Requip as generics don't work, they never have. I have accepted a week of the generic stuff and am just crossing my fingers now.Years ago it was stated on OH's medical records that Requip was not to be replaced with Ropinirole.
Additionally, yet another brand of Rivastigmine was the only option today, at our pharmacy,when we received the repeat prescription from the memory clinic.This will be the third brand that we have been given in the space of 6 months. How can we evaluate the efficacy of this medication when we get a different brand name every time!!!! Even the nurse at our review in the memory clinic last Monday agreed that generic forms may not be as efficient as the original.We have been there with Requip V Ropininirole years ago.I walked away with the prescription and said that I will go elsewhere.
PUK needs to intervene to ensure that PWP get the same form ANY drug that they are taking, every time, and not just what is the cheapest form, (that is what we were told at our memory clinic appointment this week, was the case).
It's just appalling that essential drugs for PWP are not avaaible at all times and those that are, are relegated to the cheapest generic offshoot, which is not always as efficient at controlling symptoms, due to what else is incorporated into it to pad it out.