About: Greater Manchester Greater Manchester Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Manchester M25 3BL
Posted by mredtb (as ),
I suffer from extreme anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Since moving surgery 3 months ago I have been refused Diazepam, a medication that I have taken at variable intervals for over 10 years. It has been the only consistently effective medication to relieve my symptoms which have increased exponentially since starting at this surgery. I suffer from recurrent suicidal feelings and diazepam has saved me on several occasions from ending my life. Beta-blockers, promazine and a daily antidepressant Duloxetine have been tried and found completely ineffective. Tension headaches more than 75% of days and I have gone from being able to work to being completely disabled by this now unmanageable illness.
I am seeking some clarification on my legal rights concerning this refusal and where I might appeal/complain about it. So profoundly unbearable is my life at present that I don't feel a prescription for 5 x 5 mg diazepam tablets monthly is a lot to ask for, or sufficient to lead to addiction. Where is the line between a medication being effective and addictive? If the only effective medication is addictive how much does a patient have to suffer before a prescription can be sanctioned?