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    Getting a new type of medication from my GP

    So I am off to my GP tomorrow. I am going because I want to try a new type of nasal spray for my nose, as I have allergies so have a runny nose. Ive tried all the various drugs that he has given me in the past but they havent worked.

    Am gonna try and persuade him to let me try this new spray that I found while researching the internet. What are the chances of him saying yes and anyone done this before? Also if its a US only drug can he just prescribe me the generic brand version?

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    also depends on the cost unfortunately. Plus whether the drug has a licence here and if there are generic brands available.

    if its specifically hayfever, eating local honey is your best bet

    ive found i got pretty immune to anti histamine so just dont bother, i dont bother with the honey either tbh i just tollerate hayfever here and there.. but ive heard it has worked wonders

    Getting drugs which aren't normally available in the UK will be difficult (or even impossible if it isn't approved over here) and the GP will probably try you on another one on their approved list. You never know they might give you a new one which really works - there are so many types I'd honestly see what the GP says and try that out.
    If the spray you are after is UK approved you could always ask if they would write you a private prescription if they can't put it through on the NHS.
    You normally only get generic drugs after something like 10 years of the original drug being on the market when the patent has run out, if this is a new drug the likelihood of a generic version is slim to none.

    Have you tried things like this to help:

    Sinus rinse

    or even this

    I know some people have improved symptoms with those, it's worth a try if it is bad.

    Original Poster

    I googled the drug and the online lloyds pharmacy seems to sell it.

    lloydspharmacy.com/web…ide

    Just hope the GP says yes.

    Civic EG6

    I googled the drug and the online lloyds pharmacy seems to sell … I googled the drug and the online lloyds pharmacy seems to sell it.http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?storeId=90&catalogId=1008&langId=-1&searchTerm=Ipratropium+bromideJust hope the GP says yes.



    It says private prescription required, so if your GP won't give it to you on NHS prescription you can always ask for a private one.
    If it's just a runny nose like you say in the OP, they might not think you need that particular medicine, and be open to what they say, they have hundreds of people going in with hayfever and probably know the best - and most suitable - drugs for you.

    Original Poster

    I think I have some sort of sinus problem (rhinitis maybe?) had it for about 15 years and most of the things the GP has given me, such as Nasonex haven't worked. Its definitely not hayfever as I get this all year round, however one thing that I have noticed is that when I go to tropical countries (Thailnd, HK) my nose is perfectly fine. So fingers crossed for tomorrow.

    Civic EG6

    I think I have some sort of sinus problem (rhinitis maybe?) had it for … I think I have some sort of sinus problem (rhinitis maybe?) had it for about 15 years and most of the things the GP has given me, such as Nasonex haven't worked. Its definitely not hayfever as I get this all year round, however one thing that I have noticed is that when I go to tropical countries (Thailnd, HK) my nose is perfectly fine. So fingers crossed for tomorrow.



    Have you tried the Sinus Rinse in the link above? I have it and it is horrible to use but it's brilliant.

    Good luck tomorrow btw, I hope you get some relief and the right stuff.
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