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How can I buy enough paracetamol/ibuprofen to stock up for after birth?

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TinyDiamond Mon 25-Jul-11 18:14:06

I have 3 local chemists in my area. 2 of them refuse to even sell me paracetamol as a pg woman and the third 'let' me buy some yesterday but when I went back today for more the pharmacist said no!
So frustrating, I have been instructed by my midwife I can take 1g para and 400mg of ibuprofen 3 times a day safely whilst Breastfeeding and want to get enough in to last me.
What is the alternative to me sending dp/anyone else I know into different shops every single day buying a pack of each?
Never heard of anyone having this problem before advice/ideas appreciated

Panzee Mon 25-Jul-11 18:16:41

But I would also continue to sending different people in. What if you were buying for someone else? They've got a cheek really.

Fayrazzled Mon 25-Jul-11 18:17:46

I have had two babies vaginally; second one was a third degree tear. I didn;t need to take paracetemol or ibuprofen at home afterwards. I may have been given painkillers in hospital after DC2 but don't remember. If you need to be discharged with pain relief they will give you some then your OH can go to the chemist for you. But I wouldn't assume you will necessarily need analgesics after giving birth and certainly not in any volume.

Wormshuffler Mon 25-Jul-11 18:18:19

Supermarket? they don't even look at how much you buy. Why would they be funny about paracetamol? you are allowed that in PG!!

SamsGoldilocks Mon 25-Jul-11 18:18:20

why not just go to a supermarket and buy it. or get your partner or a non- pregnant friend to buy some

Cattleprod Mon 25-Jul-11 18:21:54

Hospital will give you what you need - in my case co-codamol iirc. I swapped to paracetamol after a week or so as I was turning into a zombie!!

Even if your dp gets his allocation (16 or 32 I think) from each of the 3 chemists, that's plenty to last you for several days.

TinyDiamond Mon 25-Jul-11 18:24:46

Ah, forgot to mention we are planning a homebirth so hopefully I won't be in hospital. Those who have had babies before-I was told to expect quite bad afterpains...hence the pain relief and also for stitches, is it not that bad?

bibbitybobbityhat Mon 25-Jul-11 18:26:25

Supermarket, corner shop, petrol station, come on!

I've had two c-sections and only needed painkillers for at most a week.

You may be lucky and need none at all!

Also, who are these chemists refusing to sell you paracetamol because you are pregnant?

notcitrus Mon 25-Jul-11 18:41:57

Chemist should sell you paracetamol no problem, just not ibuprofen. And you can get 100 of them otc, it's just shops that are restricted to 32 in blister packs.

Can you phone the GP and ask for a prescription on the grounds that your local chemists are being obstructive?

26minutes Mon 25-Jul-11 18:42:18

Don't bother with paracetamol for the after pains, co-codamol is what you need. A couple of packs should be more than enough & you'll be able to get that over the counter, just say it's for your dp if you think they won't give it to you. If you do stick with paracetamol just get 4 packs but put them through in 2 seperate transactions on the self service checkouts. That's the easy way of cheatinf the supermarket 2 packs of painkillers rule.

Loopymumsy Mon 25-Jul-11 21:33:49

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thisisyesterday Mon 25-Jul-11 21:34:41

how bizarre!

I would just get someone else to buy it for you.

activate Mon 25-Jul-11 21:37:09

I neither took, nor needed, any pain relief after childbirth - the birth euphoria sees you through - how much can you possibly be planning to stock up with?

ThePrincessRoyalFiggyrolls Mon 25-Jul-11 21:40:19

Honestly? Don't panic about it yet, I think I took co-cod after birth but the after pains aren't that bad. I actually had less pain killers post emcs as the hospital forgot to send me home with anything smile

1gglePiggle Mon 25-Jul-11 21:42:44

Restricting paracetamol sales has resulted in fewer suicides using it so although it is annoying only being able to buy a few at a time it is worth it if lives are saved.
You can buy 96 ibuprofen OTC that would be more than enough, ask to see the pharmacist if you're having trouble. It's usually the pharmacy assistants who are not as knowledgable that may refuse sales just to be on the safe side as they don't want to get in trouble. Paracetamol like others have said is easy to pick up anywhere. If you just get a couple of boxes on each shopping trip you will soon stock up.

thefirstMrsDeVere Mon 25-Jul-11 21:43:26

cocodomal for me too!

Crippling afterpains with DCS 2, 4 & 5. Really, really dreadful.

I had homebirths with 4 & 5 and made sure I had enough to see me through the first week.

I had a pretty rough birth with DC1 but dont think I took anything.

I dont think you need to stock up as such but its stupid that they are not selling you paracetamol as its safe to take in pregnancy.

PacificDogwood Mon 25-Jul-11 21:47:28

Get a prescription from your GP.

FWIW, I have never had much of a problem with afterpains, hated morphine after CS which was the only delivery I had painkillers for more than the first couple of days. So keep an open mind, it could all be fine grin.

Hope it all goes swimmingly, good luck smile.

ajaybaines Mon 25-Jul-11 21:49:01

I bought all my hospital bag stuff from boots online, including paracetamol and ibuprofen (planned section and needed it!)

LikeACandleButNotQuite Mon 25-Jul-11 21:50:30

Work in a Hotel and we have to have it in for guests to buy. I go to Costo for stock as you can buy Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in bulk packs. Only found this out after weeks of buying two/three packs at a time each time I was in the supermarket/chemist etc. Maybe try there if you have a card or kow someone with a card?

greycircles Mon 25-Jul-11 21:52:26

I have had 2 babies vaginally - one episiotomy and forceps and the other a 2nd degree tear. I didn't take any form of painkillers at all after either birth because they weren't necessary. Hold back with the drugs - you might not need any!

emmanumber3 Mon 25-Jul-11 21:56:43

Another one here who had 2 vaginal births & no need for painkillers afterwards. Should you need to have a c-section things would probably be different - but then you would need to be in a hospital & they would sort your pain relief out before you leave. Don't worry - probably the amount of paracetamol you have managed to get will be sufficient, should you require any at all.

All the best smile.

emmanumber3 Mon 25-Jul-11 21:58:41

ajaybaines - you bought painkillers to take into hospital? Did they not have any? shock

ajaybaines Mon 25-Jul-11 21:59:34

No, I bought them for when I was back at home out of hospital. I got sent home with about a weeks worth but I took them for about 2.5 weeks.


sancerrre Mon 25-Jul-11 22:03:38

No pain relief required here either. No afterpains and stitches only hurt when I moved and only for a couple of days.

Hope all goes well and you don't need to use the painkillers after all.

thefirstMrsDeVere Mon 25-Jul-11 22:30:45

I would take painkillers into hospital.

On a busy ward you could wait for hours for a dr to sign a script.

I would tell them I had taken them of course.

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