Unable to obtain prolonged release Verapamil

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My consultant cardiologist put me on prolonged release Verapamil 3 years ago when I had acute AF. Following a successful cardioversion I was told that I would have to take Verapamil for life. The product that I take is 180mg prolonged release from Univers. This was deemed the best medication for me as I have asthma. I felt rough when I took it initially but now my body accepts it apart from awful constipation. My GP said that in order to change the medication I would have to be closely monitored in hospital which did happen 3 years ago. The problem that I now have is that I am unable to find prolonged release Verapamil anywhere. This has been referred back to my doctor who is due back from holiday on Monday. I run out of my medication Friday next week and go to Namibia for 3 weeks a week later. I am really worried about this and hope that somebody with the same experience can help.

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    Same problem for my father-in-law. Was put onto beta blockers which have caused probs.

    anyone know ifthis can be prescribed privately or by any other legitimate means eg prescribed in France or other EU country or privately in the UK?

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    I have had the same problem Univer 120mg prolonged release capsules are no longer avalible.

    I had this problem some years ago with half securon but they are back in the chemists again. They are not long release tablets but they are 40mg 3 times a day.

    Hope this is of some help to you. I have just got my perscrition today for some

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    Thanks for the replies. In consultation with my original cardiologist, my GP has prescribed half securon 120mg modified release to be taken once a day. The pharmacist told me that prolonged release and modified release are the same thing. Lets hope that this medication remains available. I still have the awful constipation that I had with the Univers and I'm beginning to think that I'm having rather too much nausea but I'll give them time.
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    managed to get some. just phone around and try a differnet health care trust region. go for the larger pharmacies (ie get a list of local ones that open all hours and are large, maybe atatached to a gp surgery or to a hospital)
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