what would you do?

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Hi Everyone,

A very brief history. . . ..I had a severe anaphalactic reaction about a year ago.  I had a mild attack in March as well.  My trigger, they think, is wheat products and exercise.


I visited my GP last week to get a replacement for my epi-pens (2).  He was extremely reluctant to do this, saying that as I know the symptoms then I should just call 999.  

I have insisted on having keeping one to hand, and so he reluctantly prescribed me one only.

I feel disappointed and let down by his actions.  

So my question to you is: What would you do?

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    The first thing I would ascertain is why your doctor is so reluctant to let you have this life saving equipment. He has let you have one but as we know they can fail and it is normal to have the two. Anaphylaxis comes on very quickly and ambulances can take a long time to arrive and even a few minutes with obstruction to breathing could be fatal. If a further request for a 2nd epi pen meets with a 'no' I would out my request tothe doctor in writing immediately stating my concerns. Then I woud seriously consider a complaint and a move to another doctor immediately as you, like me, feel that your life could be put at stake. I wonder what others think about this? Is there some sort of NHS ruling on epipens being dangerous in some way that we are not yet aware of? I know we had to wait a long time for my nephew to receive them for his nut allergy and during this time he had a couple of reactions, fortunately neither of them fatal.


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      Hello Susannah02.  Thank you for your reply.  I explained to him that I was given 2 after my near fatal attack last year, but he really didn't seem interested.  Maybe he was having "an off day" when I saw him because in the past he has always shown concern and interest.  I will request another epi-pen both because I ought to and because it would make my wife feel a little more comfortable.

      Interest thought you made re: NHS ruling, it does make you wonder.

      Thanks again.

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