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29/07/2013 at 11:18
I'm spending a small fortune on Infant Gaviscon and SMA lactose free formula at the mo to fend off O's reflux. He is doing fairly well on this cocktail and im happy with how he is for now. The Gaviscon is getting hard to buy as Our pharmackeep gas started to say that he can't keep selling it over the counter to us. That we need to get it on Prescription. The formula is costing us over £30 a week, anit again getting hold of it over the counter can sometimes be tricky. They are often sold out.
does anyone know if the gp can refuse me a prescription? Am I entitled to demand it All on repeat prescription. Just to clarify I've started using this stuff on advice of the A&e paed and my Hv.
29/07/2013 at 11:34
Where are you buying the formula from? I ask because in our boots it's £5.69 for 430g (it looks to be slightly more at £5.99 online).. Aptimal comfort, normal formula is £10.99 for 900g so it's about the same price wise.. The tin is lasting us 15 feeds/3 days the same as normal formula.
Our doctor prescribed two to try on the advice of the HV, but then pointed out the above to me, and advised me to tell them I need 3 cans a week and the chemist will order and sell it to me.. So, no luck here getting it on formula, and TBH he has a fair enough point. The woman at the chemist also pointed out, they'd only prescribe max 2 at a time, so i'd constantly be at the chemist too - PITA! I would definitely expect them to prescribe the gaviscon though If its an issue re they won't sell it you otherwise.
When E was having upset tummy the chemist were not allowed to sell me rehydration stuff when I said it was for E, but I was allowed it on prescription.. Grr!
29/07/2013 at 11:36
I think they can argue it, but you need to go in armed with what you've been using, who suggested it, and that the pharmacist won't give any more without script. If they say no you really should consider a change of gp to be honest
29/07/2013 at 11:37
There is no reason for the gp to refuse you, esp if its on HV advice. Have they said no to you? Even if they have I would go back and explain you now know the gaviscon and formula is working so need a prescription. It's a medical condition and your lo is entitled to NHS treatment. S is on repeat prescription for gaviscon, though I'm going back to the gp for the third time tomorrow as it isn't working for us and I'd like something else prescribed.
29/07/2013 at 11:41
I've been getting it from our local chemists, and I'm think the bigger his feeds get the less amount of time a tub is going to last me lol!
29/07/2013 at 11:43
This is our issue - 5x7oz feeds a day plus it's having to go in any home cooking that I do too - I'm sure there is a reason for it, but why are the tubs so small? I know, as I've said price wise it's the same, but that' two cartons to cart when I go visiting instead of one... As I say, our doctor, quite fairly is of the opinion that it is, after all the same price as normal formula and I was happy to buy that.. I didn't know I could argue this, so haven't, but will be doing now!!
ETA: In my defence, E's LI is adding a lot to our foodbill as we are weaning, and LF items aren't exactly cheap, so getting it prescribed would benefit me!
29/07/2013 at 12:24
How could they refuse? I didn't even know you could buy infant gaviscon, we get everything on prescription including N's formula. Go see your GP!
29/07/2013 at 13:16
You should definitely be able to get the gaviscon. I couldn't buy it anywhere without a prescription when F started showing symptoms. Don't see why they should refuse you the milk as well, some people here get everything on prescription including sudocreme!
I also don't understand why the specialist tins are so small. Just results in more wastage when you can't get the very last bit out!
29/07/2013 at 13:41
I get infant gaviscon on prescription fine, L needed prescription formula but it took a long time before they gave it to me and had to try so many other things first. With what you've already tried/bought I think they would do you a prescription. I think P needs it too but doubt I'll get it on prescription as she's breastfed but i was advised to give formula top ups as the was losing weight then gaining very slowly but is so ill on formula so seems pointless!
29/07/2013 at 14:48
Just to update, I saw my HV with my food diary for E for this week. She said the fact that I have evidence that shows she went from 13 nappies on Monday on normal comfort, 11 on Tuesday pre 6pm and now down to 1-2 a day, shows it working and lactose is the issue. However, if I wanted it prescribed, she's need to write to the doctor outlining this, but also telling how we have tested this.. Ie: Put her back on the normal formula and see what she does...
Given E has done nothing but scream for the last 3 weeks with this, and each meal takes 24 hours to get out of the system, ie each bottle, there is no way that if she is better, i'll be going back onto normal even if it means spending the £15 a week myself.. I'd rather do that than have a grumpy baby! I might consider a single yogurt, but I won't put her through this ever again! So wrong of the doc/HV!
29/07/2013 at 15:26
S had to be diagnosed by the consultant at the hospital to be given prescription formula. He wrote to my Dr saying that he was recommending it and we've had it on repeat ever since. At our hospital, if they improve on the new formula they take that as proof of the intolerance as they feel it is unfair on the child to put them back on the normal formula and be I'll just to prove what we already know. My GP wasn't able to prescribe it before the official diagnoses which made for a difficult couple of months. I'm sure a letter from your HV would do the same thing if there's evidence, I guess that they have to be careful so people don't just claim their baby has a problem just to get free formula. I'm glad that you've got to the route of the problem. X
03/08/2013 at 22:57
did you manage to get a prescription? After a few weeks back and forth I got a prescription for milk for P. She only has formula top ups as she's struggling to gain weight so I wasn't sure if theyd tell me to buy it. L needed it but it was a real struggle to get any answers or milk for her. i told her id already bought different brands, comfort etc for p and sh just gave me a prescription no problem this time. I hope you manage to sort it as I know it gets very expensive.
03/08/2013 at 23:31
Tbh they can. What with budget cuts etc if the gp feels they don't need it then they won't prescribe it so it may be an idea to get the hospital dr to fax the notes with the recommendations to the gp
We no longer prescribe painkillers that can be bought over the counter for adults, or things like piriton.
If someone is out of work we will prescribe certain things but not paracetamol or ibuprofen, most GPS round here are the same.
Children wise I'd always give calpol and neurofen but due to the care at the chemist scheme many places tell parents to go to the chemist.
So wrt to the reflux stuff then I'd speak with your paediatrician, see if he will do script if not he needs to write to gp
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