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Prescriptions how many tablets for one cost of a prescription?

(9 Posts)
Mackers123 Tue 14-Jun-16 13:13:32

Hi all, can anyone throw some light on this? i am on Sertraline 50mg and when I get my prescription I get two strips (4 weeks), my husband who is on 10mg citalopram gets 56 (8 weeks).

is this because he is on a lower dose? I don't want to ring the Doctors and find out his is wrong and he should be paying more but if there is a chance I could be paying less then I would like to know.


Northumberlandlass Tue 14-Jun-16 13:15:57

Not sure, but I take 20mg of Citalopram & get 3 months at a time. Could it not be more likely that they want to reassess you more often? I say that kindly..
When I first started taking them, I had to go back every month

Mackers123 Tue 14-Jun-16 14:09:12

they have never asked me back to check up on me. I have been paying every 4 weeks on a single prescription charge for about year & a half

wonkylegs Tue 14-Jun-16 14:16:35

I suspect that the higher dose is flagged so they monitor the repeat prescription rate, this might just be a computer review.
Do you have a pre-payment prescription card if you have more than a certain number of prescriptions a year it can save you money?

Mackers123 Tue 14-Jun-16 14:22:46

No I don't have a pre-payment card, will look at that.

incogKNEEto Tue 14-Jun-16 16:34:58

Definitely worth looking at the card, if you have more than 12 prescriptions a year it should save you money.

InTheSandPit Tue 14-Jun-16 16:42:52

My GP prescribed 56 tablets of 50mg Setraline.

cutefluffyunicorn Tue 14-Jun-16 17:50:43

there is no reason. It is just down to what the GP decides to prescribe! Sometimes there may be a reason for prescribing fewer t a time (eg concerns about safety, possibly changing dose, more regular reviews needed etc) but if you are stable on your dose, and have been for a while, there is no reason why GP couldn't prescribe 56 instead of 28 at a time (or even 3 months at a time as in OP case)
I would ring up and ask GP.
TBH the GP has in all probability not even considered prescription charge as a factor, possibly assuming you don't pay for prescriptions or more likely just not considering it!

cutefluffyunicorn Tue 14-Jun-16 17:52:49

and relatively speaking 50mg of sertraline(max 200mg) isn't a higher dose then 10mg of citaolpram (max 40mg)

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