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Aibu to make up symptoms to obtain medication

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ArriettyMatilda Wed 13-Jul-16 20:52:28

Hopefully this isn't as bad as it sounds!

I am taking antibiotics for an infection, it's is an antibiotic I've had a fair few times before, usually at a lower dose. My issue is that every single time I've taken it in the past I've ended up with thrush that's needed medication to clear it up. I'm only a couple of days into the antibiotics and about to go away at the end of the week. Would I be unreasonable to tell the pharmacist I have symptoms of thrush now so that I can purchase some Canesten over the counter?

StarlingMurmuration Wed 13-Jul-16 20:54:55

Christ no! Do it. If you don't get thrush, you don't have to use it.

Prawnofthepatriarchy Wed 13-Jul-16 20:55:01

You'd have done better to ask for a thrush script at the same time. That's what I do if I remember. The one follows the other as the night the day for me.

pennefortheguy Wed 13-Jul-16 20:59:22

Your title is pretty misleading. YABU to the title, but YANBU given your OP.

Chocolateteabag Wed 13-Jul-16 20:59:30

Lord no - and surely the pharmacist would sell you Thrush cream/pill in advance if you told them what you've written in your OP. Far better to have it in hand and not need it than suffer thrush for any longer than you need to!

bluebelle2662 Wed 13-Jul-16 21:00:32

no, YANBU! I did wonder what this would be from the title!

bigbluebus Wed 13-Jul-16 21:02:26

Just go to a large supermarket and buy it off the shelf. Then you don't have to lie to anyone.

Wilberforce2 Wed 13-Jul-16 21:03:28

Just go into the chemist and ask for it, you don't have to tell the pharmacist your symptoms!

Next time ask for a prescription along with the antibiotics.

TheCrumpettyTree Wed 13-Jul-16 21:03:30

Just buy the cream off the shelf from Boots or the supermarket. You don't need to make up a story for anybody.

biddleyboo Wed 13-Jul-16 21:03:45

Really not as bad as the title suggests!
I don't think I've ever been asked anything when buying thrush medication over the counter. And I've also obtained them through the minor ailments scheme and don't remember being grilled then either confused

Mommawoo Wed 13-Jul-16 21:04:06

Eating live yoghurt every can sometimes prevent thrush caused by antibiotics smile

meowli Wed 13-Jul-16 21:05:12

I'm a bit puzzled. Why do you have to tell the pharmacist anything, if you can buy it over the counter?

RubbleBubble00 Wed 13-Jul-16 21:05:41

Simply yes I would. Though iv found probiotics are amazing for fighting off anti bio side effects

SaucyJack Wed 13-Jul-16 21:08:57

You're a grown up now OP. You don't need anybody's permission to buy summat from Boots.

UterusUterusGhali Wed 13-Jul-16 21:11:10

I always do.
Saves time all round.

It's probably the only circumstance I can think of where this is ok. grin

Having said that if it's cheaper to get generic clotrimazole than it is for the NHS to prescribe I'll just buy it. A few of the GPs in my practice will tell me if this is the case.

ArriettyMatilda Wed 13-Jul-16 21:12:40


I assumed as it's kept behind the counter that I'd need a reason to buy it. No need to share my life story then. Thank you Mumsnetters

fastdaytears Wed 13-Jul-16 21:14:06

You have been massively oversharing with the nice girls im Boots...

TheUnsullied Wed 13-Jul-16 21:14:37

Your title makes you sound like you're off to A&E so you can claim to be in excruciating pain and get hold of the good stuff!

Just grab some off the shelf in Tesco. No biggie.

EdmundCleverClogs Wed 13-Jul-16 21:18:04

Really thought this was about trying to get Valium or sleeping pills! I have worked in a pharmacy, believe me no one cares about if your foof is currently a bit itchy or will be in a couple of days. It's whether or not you've had a reaction previously/ifit could react with other medication is the important bit. Most pharmacist hear 'antibiotics' and know exactly why you need the cream.

SaucyJack Wed 13-Jul-16 21:18:12

You can buy it on Amazon arrietty.

You don't even need to leave the house smile

DragonRojo Wed 13-Jul-16 21:20:11

You can get it from the shelf in Sainsbury's. No need to talk to anyone

EdmundCleverClogs Wed 13-Jul-16 21:22:48

If you need an over the counter medication, the conversation usually goes:

Have you used it before?
Are you on any other medication?
Are you pregnant/breastfeeding?

And sometimes (not relevant here):
Have you blood pressure/heart issues or had a stroke?

Do you know this contains paracetamol/aspirin and not to take more than every 4 hours?

Are you driving, as this may cause tiredness?

No one needs a life history, just precaution!

Coconutty Wed 13-Jul-16 21:24:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

specialsubject Wed 13-Jul-16 21:27:59

clotrimazole is about £2.50 and I understand it is the same thing. Over the counter.

Heidi42 Wed 13-Jul-16 21:28:06

Have a nice weekend OP thrush free I hope lol

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