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I need some Bactroban (a skin cream) but i'm embarrassed about going to the GP for a prescription. Can I buy this product in the UK without a prescription ie on Amazon or online?

 

Any other way of buying it?

 

Many thanks

 

N

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You should never feel embarrased to visit and chat with your GP. Self diagnosis and treatment can be a dangerous thing. You must visit them, that is what they are there for and they will have seen it before and prescribe as required. Bactroban may not be appropriate in your case and not help at all.

There could even be something a lot more serious as the underlying cause.

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I agree even talk to the practice nurse who can help.

 

Bactroban (Muriprocin) is a powerful antibiotic and should on be used after proper diagnosis.


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You never know with medication bought online if it's genuine or contains dodgy ingredients which at best are harmless and at worst, dangerous. See a doctor!!


 

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I need some Bactroban (a skin cream) but i'm embarrassed about going to the GP for a prescription. Can I buy this product in the UK without a prescription ie on Amazon or online?

 

Any other way of buying it?

 

Many thanks

 

N

 

If you are embarrassed at going to ANY GP : that us what they are there for.

 

If you are embarrassed at going to THAT GP : is there another practitioner in that practice you would see? Or should you be considering changing practice?

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It's an anti-bacterial ointment used to treat bacterial skin infections, such as impetigo, folliculitis (Hot tub rash) and furunculosis (Boils), in particular those caused by MRSA.

 

There's no need to be embarrassed speaking to your GP, there's nothing under the sun they haven't seen before & it is highly unwise to try and self medicate. ;)


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Just to clarify, if you are found in possession of a controlled drug 'read prescription only' and dont have a prescription you may be committing an offence. From what i have read this is a prescription only, it has potential for nasty things.

 

Saying that , i wouldnt trust any medicine unless it came from a reputable source. Theres a lot of [problematic] online for medicines, you dont know what youll get.

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Antibiotics of certain classes are prescription only for a very specific reason which is highlighted by the problems the we now see with MRSA organisms develop resistance with over use and uncontrolled use.

Prescription only drugs also include narcotics, amphetamines., benzodiazipines, and beta blockers all of which a subject to abuse.


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Just to clarify, if you are found in possession of a controlled drug 'read prescription only' and dont have a prescription you may be committing an offence. From what i have read this is a prescription only, it has potential for nasty things.

 

Saying that , i wouldnt trust any medicine unless it came from a reputable source. Theres a lot of [problematic] online for medicines, you dont know what youll get.

 

It is unlawful to posses a prescription only drug that hasn't been prescribed for you (except for certain exemptions : like the pharmaceutical industry(

 

However "prescription only medicine" doesn't equal "controlled drug". There are prescription only meds that are also controlled drugs (like morphine), controlled drugs that aren't prescribable (like heroin, rather than its prescribable version : diamorphine) and prescription only meds that aren't controlled drugs (like bactroban).

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Bazzas the Home Office has advised that the lists they publish are not exhaustive and for clarification they should be contacted. Thats the reason i had the quote marks , whilst not immediately obvious alot of commonly prescribed drugs are controlled and its not easy to be 100% sure of the exact legal status.

 

This is no disrespect or criticism of you but ive been looking hard for the law which says prescribed drugs are illegal to possess without a prescription. Medicine act 1968 and amendments basically say if you have them and not 'dealing' and for your own use excempt from a licence, The Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997 basically mentions prescription only medicine (it mentions this particular drug) and doesnt as far as i can see restrict ownership but makes it clear what drugs can be administered to others under exemption. I too had thought prescription only drugs were illegal to have without prescription but it appears not.

 

The board that approves medicines has a section about internet sales and it only advises not to buy prescription only medicines from the internet and go see your gp. It doesnt say its illegal to own it but it does make you aware it may be fake / ineffective.

 

The only thing from all of this i am certain of , that anything claiming to have a medicinal purpose must be approved and should be obtained through legitimate means. How you actually get the medicine its not clear cut. Those selling medicine outside the law are prosecutable.

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Bazzas the Home Office has advised that the lists they publish are not exhaustive and for clarification they should be contacted. Thats the reason i had the quote marks , whilst not immediately obvious alot of commonly prescribed drugs are controlled and its not easy to be 100% sure of the legal status

 

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This is not really helping the OP any more!.


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I have mo idea what the drug is used for or why you are embarrassed. All i will say is that Doctors really have seen it all,from all STI's to men and women who have "accidentally" sat on something. If you really don't want to see your own doctors there are always walk in centres such as in Boots in Birmingham

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This is not really helping the OP any more!.

 

The OP has had lots of (similar) advice, from me & others.

What more help are you wanting for them?

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NONE that's the point.


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Hi nebukhadnezzer, can I ask you what makes you think that you need Bactroban?

It is a very specific Antibiotic for the treatment of specific skin infections.

 

Antibiotics are used in the treatment of highly suspected or proven bacterial infections of the body.

They are more effective in treating those types of infections if proven through patient history, followed by any further investigations such as blood tests or bodily fluid specimins (such as sputum, urine, skin scrapings or pus collections)

Antibiotic treatment needs monitoring to make sure that they are being effective in fully treating the condition they are being taken for or, they may need changing to another more effective treatment or longer treatment.

 

Please don't be embarrassed to see your GP. That is their profession to treat the General Public.

If you are worried about your health in any way please seek help and advice and leave the Internet Drugs for those who could potentially do more, if not serious, harm to themselves.

I would never recommend buying antibiotics from the Internet.

 

Please go and get professional help, good effective medical treatment and advice, but most of all think of your own health and wellbeing.

 

Good luck x


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It doesn't look like the op is going to respond, probably because no one, including me, has answered the question.

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I think we have helped.

 

1) go to a gp

 

2) buying it from online is a bad idea. They need a license to sell it and youll need a prescription to get it if you are following the accepted procedure. The item you get from online pharmacies is not guarenteed to be even the item you want and can in fact lead to more harm.

 

3) prescribed drugs can be controlled drugs and potentially can have you arrested for dealing without the correct prescription.

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Very interesting thread but not on topic. I do think we have answered the questions though.

You can get private prescriptions online. I believe lloyds do them but you pay through the nose. Or you can go to a private clinic so not your own gp but again the cost.

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I think it's time to close this - it's wandered off to the end of the world.

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