Hi Shantal, if we could wait that would be great. Many thanks Ben
Hello, this is Dr Helen, a UK doctor.
I'm afraid that, as you say, Parnate is very costly compared to Nardil and GPs are usually not allowed to prescribe it.
Are you under the care of a psychiatrist? The only thing I can suggest is that you discuss this with him/her (or ask your GP to refer you to a psychiatrist if you are don't have one). If a psychiatrist decides it is in your best interests to change to Parnate they may be able to action it on the NHS or provide it on a private script.
There is no guarantee of this though.
I'm sorry that this is probably not the answer you want to hear. Drug budgets are very tightly controlled now in the UK and doctors usually have very little say in the matter.
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Hi Dr Helen,
Thanks so much for answering. Would it be possible to let me know under what circumstances the NHS would fund it.
I had a consultation with a pychiatrist who agreed that I should be on Nardil and informed my GP to prescribe it. Unfortunately this consultant has now left his position, however I am due to see another private pysciatrist within the next fortnight,
Hello, The psychiatrist would have to feel that this was the only drug suitable for you and make tne case with your particular NHS trust. It varies around the country...the postcode lottery I'm afraid. Parnate is black listed in some areas but not others. It is possible that the psychiatrist can recommend something else that is fine to have on an NHS prescription. I would not want to second guess his or her advice but if it really proves impossible to have parnate than the psychiatrist should explore what other options you have. I do hope this works out for you.