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Nitrates (isosorbide mononitrate) sold without prescription in the UK?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by SaraEngland, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. SaraEngland

    SaraEngland

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    Is isosorbide mononitrate only available with prescription (doctor) in the U.K or is it listed as "pharmacy only" ?


    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tHR7z0WqKLMJ:www.mims.co.uk/drugs/cardiovascular-system/angina/imdur &cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=no

    Mims say it is "P- pharmacy-only medicine "A product that may only be sold in a registered pharmacy under the supervision of a registered pharmacist"

    Pharmacies on the other hand claim that it is listed as prescription only:

    http://www.clearchemist.co.uk/isosorbide-mononitrate-xl-tab-monosorb-60mg.html


    While this http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/par/documents/websiteresources/con143652.pdf

    says
    What is correct here?
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2015
  2. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    Note that isosorbide mononitrate is not the same as nitroglycerin, although both are nitrate drugs with similar effect. You might want to change the thread title to avoid confusion (this can easily be done via the "thread tools" option towards the top right).

    Isosorbide mononitrate is not to be confused with isosorbide dinitrate either, which is another nitrate drug.

    Nitroglycerin is also called glyceryl trinitrate.



    I don't know the answer to your question, though the info on this page suggests that isosorbide mononitrate can be sold both as a prescription and a non-prescription drug.
     
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  3. SaraEngland

    SaraEngland

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    Thank you, @Hip

    Don't the NHS or some other carry a list of all medicines including their legal class? I find this odd.

    I found something here from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society : http://www.rpharms.com/support-pdfs/az-list-of-human-medicines-July-2010.pdf

    It says "P" for Monosorb which is isosorbide monoitrate. I am baffled that almost every pharmacy (at least online) list this as a prescription only medicine.
     
  4. user9876

    user9876 Senior Member

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    You could try speaking to a pharmacist if you ring up your local boots store or other pharmacy and ask to speak to the pharmacist they are often happy to help.
     
  5. SaraEngland

    SaraEngland

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    Thank you, @user9876. I've heard from a friend that Weldricks Pharmacy ( https://www.weldricks.co.uk/ ) will sell Monosorb (isosorbide mononitrate) in a few days without a doctors prescription.
     

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