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65, male stroke victim and getting no help from GP. Consultant states I need anti depressants but GP

refuses. Cannot just change GP as I live in the countryside and he has the only 2 practices in the

area. I have been here for over 14 years and I hate it. Now I need a lot of medication and have no

way to access this. What am I supposed to do?

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    Sounds a bit tricky, has the consultant sent a letter to the GP explaining what is needed & do you agree with the recommended medication? If the GP won't agree you need to find out why? He might have a good reason or he might not understand why it is needed. Sometimes the socialist will write scripts for you if you explain the situation.
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    Hi Terry,

    Did you ask the consultant yourself as to why he wants you to take Anti Depressants ? He would of told your GP in a letter ...Surely ? As a sufferer of only a TIA I can only assume he maybe prescribing them to try and lift your "spirits" up a bit as you do get down in the dumps after such events like these. Who knows the only way you are going to find out is ask questions from your Consultant and GP.

    Are you experiencing pain after your stroke ? Anti Depressants are also used as pain relievers, I'm no doctor but perhaps there's a link between Anti Depressant treatment after a stroke

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      Hi Terry,

      I'm not following you in your answer "It is a known and common side effect" Do you mean pain and feeling down ? Or the medication issues ? I can't take any kind of Anti Depressant as I have reactions to all of them that is why any doctor will not prescribe them to me as it's on my medical files, I actually am very sensitive to many drugs and makes any kind or repair work on me just that little bit harder smile

      Asking your Consultant, which I'm sure you have done , he would of explained his reasons for wanting to put you on this kind of medication. But as you say your GP must have his reasons for not prescribing them for you, Do you have issues yourself with Anti Depressants that prevent you from taking them ?  Consultants will usually write prescriptions out themselves if they want you to be on them and then forward a letter on to your GP....well here they do anyrate, especially if you have been in hospital they have your Stroke medication dispensed on discharge. While you was in hospital did your consultant get the nursing staff to give them to you in hospital?

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      I know you wrote it in English ! but it still doesn't explain what you are on about !? You asked a question I tried to ask you a bit more about your concerns and I also mentioned what else anti depressants are used for ! what is it you want to know exactly ? If you're that worried(to many muppets in here) I suggest you make a trip back to your specialist. Any muppet knows the side effects of anti depressants ! So what are you going crook at people that are trying to help with your question for ?
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      Lets get one thing cleared up...

      "It is a known and common side effect." By this do you mean it is a common occurence after having a stroke....

      Feeling worthless,useless , embarassed and depressed ? Or were you referring to the edication itself and it's "known and common side effects" ?

      Did the Hospital have a Social Worker visit you after your event to have a chat with you in regards to life after a stroke ? Have you tried contacting your local Stroke Foundation to seek advice if you think you are in such a rut ?

      I don't know your living circumstances and distances to your local hospital or even doctors/specialists but where I live people have to travel in some circumstances up to 1000Km's to seek medical treatment even specialised treatment and hospitalisation .... I'm assuming you live in the UK surely your country has some kind of  distance medical plans available to people in situations like yours ?

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