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To take someone else's diazepam?

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chumbler Sun 01-Nov-15 07:21:29

So dp is scared of flying. His moher has taken diazepam to help with her anxiety with flying and has offered some him some of her tablets. I think he should get them prescribed by a doc, dp thinks it's no big deal. Wouldn't the Dr do checks on dp to make sure it's Sade for him? Could he get in trouble flying without a prescription? Or am I BU?

chumbler Sun 01-Nov-15 07:22:27

Safe not sade

PegsPigs Sun 01-Nov-15 07:22:57

My DH borrows his DF's. I wish he didn't though so YANBU.

Sirzy Sun 01-Nov-15 07:23:40

taking someone else's pescrption medication is really daft. I don't think he could get in trouble for it but still I wouldn't do it.

QueenofLouisiana Sun 01-Nov-15 07:24:20

I would get it on my own prescription- in case there are any problems. The first time I took it, I had an extra tablet to try one night at home as I wanted to be sure it work before I flew!

I've never had any problems, but I would think that isn't true for everyone.

TheXxed Sun 01-Nov-15 07:36:55

It could invalidate your insurance.

DragonRojo Sun 01-Nov-15 07:45:46

When I had it prescribed for the same reason, the GP didn't do any particular safety test. I explained the situation and he gave me a prescription for 6 tablets, so that I could try one at home beforehand. Personally, in your DH's case, I would do it, as I feel the risk is low

iamaboveandBeyond Sun 01-Nov-15 07:48:37

When would he be taking it? Apart from the other problems mentioned, without a prescription it could be taken off him at airport security

velourvoyageur Sun 01-Nov-15 07:51:09

I've travelled with (liquid) meds in my hand luggage and never had a comment about it (no prescription with me - the pharmacist takes it from you anyway). Sorry to sound naive but why would the airport staff care?

TestingTestingWonTooFree Sun 01-Nov-15 07:55:26

Has your husband taken it before? How recently? I might borrow my mum's inhaler (which I'm also prescribed), but I wouldn't take my dad's tablets because I wouldn't know they were safe for me.

DawnOfTheDoggers Sun 01-Nov-15 08:00:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Devilishpyjamas Sun 01-Nov-15 08:08:21

He may as well get a prescription but the gp won't do any checks. (I assume, my son was recently prescribed lorazepam & no-one checked him). It might be worth testing it before flying though. For my son's first few doses he was very unsteady on stairs.

rivierliedje Sun 01-Nov-15 08:14:51

Why would airport staff take it off you? Surely once you've picked the tablets up from the pharmacy you would no longer have the presription anyway?

That said, I wouldn't take someone else's medication, unless it's something you could get over the counter anyway.

Devilishpyjamas Sun 01-Nov-15 08:16:53

A prescribed drug has the name & dose etc stuck on a label on the front. Ds1's school can only give meds with that label on the front etc.

Noteventhebestdrummer Sun 01-Nov-15 08:19:47

Be careful, I read somewhere that it's classed as an illegal drug if you don't have your own prescription for it.

QuintShhhhhh Sun 01-Nov-15 08:20:18

My mum would give me a quarter to a half of her tablets when I was a teen.

Enjolrass Sun 01-Nov-15 08:24:02

Sorry that's ridiculous.

If something happened it could invalidate your insurance. You will need to tell them if he gets his own.

If it doesn't have his name on it, it could be confocal red at either end, depending on the rules of the country you are entering.

I really don't get why people would consider crossing boarders with prescription medicines that aren't their own.

Enjolrass Sun 01-Nov-15 08:25:13

No clue where confocal red came from. Should have said confiscated

carolinemoon Sun 01-Nov-15 08:35:15

Diazepam is a class C drug, which means that supplying it to someone else (even if there is no payment) is a criminal offence. The risk of getting caught might be low, but does your DP want to turn his mum into a drug dealer rather than get his own prescription?

www.gov.uk/penalties-drug-possession-dealing

Wineloffa Sun 01-Nov-15 08:47:11

My sister is currently coming out the other side of a serious diazapem addiction. It started years ago when she had it prescribed for anxiety, she got hooked and ended up buying high doses of it from drug dealers. This 10 year addiction almost destroyed her mental health, causing depression, panic attacks, increased anxiety and she lost her job, her relationship and almost her house because of all the debt she racked up.
Last year she was planning on going on holidays with two boxes of illegal diazapem in her bag and we had a massive row as I felt carrying unprescribed drugs through an airport was very risky and she could end up in trouble.
Sorry OP I'm not suggesting your DH is going to end up addicted to your mother's diazapem but people's opinion of diazapem being a harmless drug you can pop willy nilly annoys me. It is a controlled, highly-addictive drug which can ruin people's lives and I wish more people would realise this and approach it with caution.
My sister is in recovery now but she has a long road ahead of her. Diazapem is a horrendous drug to come off with really awful withdrawals symptoms. I wish more people knew this and doctors didn't prescribe it as often.
Again sorry OP for hijacking your post with this rant! Tell your DH to take some Kalms instead X

chocdonutyy Sun 01-Nov-15 08:47:37

Bad idea, aside from some countries not allowing certain medications, how does he know they are safe for him?
Does he take any other medication or have any other conditions?
That is the reason you should never take another persons medication, what works for one may not work for another, there are different strengths for a start!
Just go to the docs and explain his concerns, there are many options to reduce anxiety, necking other persons meds is a pretty stupid one!

thatsnotmyname24 Sun 01-Nov-15 09:00:55

Not a good idea - I have a bad reaction to diazepam (I go uncontrollably delusional, agressive) and there's not much anyone can do until it leaves my system. Although the most recent time it happened (needed sedation for a medical procedure) they gave me something called flumenazil to reverse it. There's no sort of predicting whether that could happen or not, but it wouldn't be a good idea for it to suddenly come on while flying.

chumbler Sun 01-Nov-15 10:24:43

Thanks all. Now, how to persuade him to actually go to the doctors... hmm

And really cross with mil as I have already told her I'm not happy with this so many times sad

chumbler Sun 01-Nov-15 10:26:25

Oh and no he's never had it before, flying go Australia by himself, and not on any other meds

Enjolrass Sun 01-Nov-15 10:27:17

It's your dp you should be annoyed with

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