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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:24pm
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Rustyruss67

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Hi, I Am on statins for life and get a repeat prescription every other month, can I still get statins in Spain over the counter or will I have to register with a gp.

Grahame

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:45pm

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:45pm

Hi

I have posted the following question

Hi All

As the time is getting closer to us deciding on whether or not to make the permanent move we are considering some of the finer details

Easy to get excited about the prospect of a new life but time to consider any potential problems

Both of us are taking long term repeat prescription medication 

Does Spain use the repeat prescription process ? Are prescriptions given by GP or hospital ? How long do the repeats last ? Etc etc

Appreciate any help in this matter

As well as anything else we might not have thought of such as dentist and opticians 

Cheers

Grahame

Fell free to follow the answers

PeteKnight

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:45pm

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:45pm

If you're coming for a short-ish visit (a couple of months maybe) you should be able to get your GP in the UK to give you a prescription for that period and just bring the drugs with you - that's what we do.

I know that you can currently buy Simvastatin over the counter, they aren't expensive either.

However, if you are told that you can't buy your meds over the counter and that a prescription is needed then registering with the local health centre (the Centro de Salud in Cabo Roig) is fairly simple - just take your passport and EHIC card. Take some proof that you are on the medication and tell them the situation and they should issue you with a temporary SIP card and a prescription.

Pete.

Rustyruss67

Rustyruss67

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:52pm

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Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:52pm

Hi Graham I will follow this thread thanks 

MeathMaria

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:19pm

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:19pm

Hi Rustyruss and Graham

In addition to Pete Knights reply,  Jim has a guide 

Jim's Guide - New repeat prescriptions system

As anywhere hospitals and/or GPS provide prescriptions hopefully after assessment of need.

While some medications can be given over the counter there are several reasons why we need to visit our GPS in order to get a repeat prescription.

  Do we still need them?  Should the dose be adjusted?   How are the side effects affecting us?  Any other problems that could change our need for that medication?

Yes, register with GP.   Remember an annual check up?

Dental and Optical treatment are not covered by public health system

Regards

Maria

PeteKnight

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:40pm

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:40pm

No, a UK prescription is of no use to a Spanish pharmacy.

In Spain the SIP card is the key to everything medical. A prescription is linked to the SIP number and the SIP card is usually required to collect a Spanish prescription.

If you have existing medication packaging then I think a pharmacy is more inclined to sell you medication that falls into the ‘grey area’ of stuff that normally requires a prescription, but where there is some wiggle-room from the pharmacist.

A state medical centre (salud) will probably issue you a Spanish prescription if you’re on holiday and have accidentally run out of meds, or if you arrive in Spain as a new resident. As a new resident I guess that they’ll probably want to give you an array of tests to establish a baseline, and will probably review your meds at that point - but that’s just a guess on my part. Either way, some evidence of your current medication and basic medical history would be a good starting point to get you the repeat meds you need.

Prescription costs seems to be quite low for most meds in Spain, compared to the flat-rate charge in the UK. I’m not sure if there's an equivalent of the prepaid prescription certificate system that the UK has, maybe someone else can shed some light on that?

Pete.

jimtaylor

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:22am

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Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:22am

Most statins are available over the counter and don't cost much at all. If you experience side effects then it might be worth trying omega 3 oil capsules, which aren't state funded and thus not price-controlled, so they can be relatively costly.

It is of course essential to have a periodic blood test to check whether a statin is doing its job, or whether the dosage or medication should be changed.

RayD

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:11am

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Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:11am

As a slight aside, for those taking statins, the 'Reduce Colesterol' margarines sold in some supermarkets like Mercadona, do actually work.

In the UK I used the Flora reduce colesterol marge and my GP proved from my blood tests that it did reduce it significantly.

The similar ones in Spain work just as well and are a useful way of keeping colesterol down. Mercadona do a Hacendado brand, which is cheaper than Flora, and Lidl used to do their own brand, although I haven't seen it for a while.

Don't use these instead of statins, but as well as.

Rustyruss67

Rustyruss67

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:35am

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Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:35am

Hi Ray

Yes I also use flora proactiv as well, 

not a lover of statins I tried a few before I found one that didn’t make my joints ache (rotuvastatin) and was advised by my GP that a reading of 11.2 was a high risk so had to bite the bullet. 

reevie

Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:32pm

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Location: Gran Alacant

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Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:32pm

Hi there,

    im on simvanstain, ramprill, bisoprolol .  Speak to the chemist who are very helpful all of meds are over counter and are cheap .

              Good luck

                          Tony

      

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