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Can you recommend a replacement for co-proxamol?

Q) I read an article in Arthritis Today called 'Lifeline for co-proxamol users' and thought, 'Thank goodness', and showed it to my doctor. She has given me two prescriptions for this drug, yet I'm unable to find a chemist to supply it. I'm told they're discontinued and I must accept an alternative. Since I've been taking co-proxamol for a long time now  it suits me and my tummy  I’m pretty upset and in much pain without my lifeline. From time to time I've been offered other drugs, but they don’t have the same effect. Please help, and tell me what to do.
Mrs M Anslow, Croyden, Surrey (Autumn 2006)

A) Almost every week someone complains to me about the withdrawal of co-proxamol. The government committee concerned with these affairs (the committee on safety of medicines) decided in 2005 that the risks of continuing the drug outweighed the benefits. The concern was the number of deaths as a result of deliberate overdosage with this drug. What they didn’t appreciate was the value of this drug to people with arthritis. The drug is still available on prescription until next year when it becomes available on a ‘named patient basis’ only. The problem faced by many people is finding a pharmacy that still stocks the drug.


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