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I was on a medication called Skelexin in the United States, It's currently not offered in the United Kingdom. I've ran out of them and now I'm wondering is there anyway that I can see a Dr here in the United Kingdom to get my prescription filled?

Is there any legitimate way for me to obtain my muscle relaxers via mail from the US?

I'm very upset about this and they don't seems to understand that they were key to my continued value of life health due to back issues.

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Are you sure it's not offered under a different name? Muscle relaxants do exist here, but could be under a different or generic name. You would need to get your GP in the UK to evaluate whether or not the prescription is something they are comfortable allowing you to continue.

It is also possible that the prescription you require isn't dispensed here. Myself, I have to go back to the US annually and pay out of pocket for a prescription medication which isn't available in the UK.
 

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You could ask your GP if they'll prescribe something called "Flexura."

The active ingredient in both Flexura and Skelaxin is called metaxalone... it's the same active ingredient in both but marketed under different names in various countries; so while your UK GP may not be familiar with "Skelaxin," they would be able to look up "Flexura" in the British National Formulary (the book of drug monographs they have at their disposal) and prescribe it, if they feel that it is suitable for your use.
 

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Are you sure it's not offered under a different name? Muscle relaxants do exist here, but could be under a different or generic name. You would need to get your GP in the UK to evaluate whether or not the prescription is something they are comfortable allowing you to continue.

It is also possible that the prescription you require isn't dispensed here. Myself, I have to go back to the US annually and pay out of pocket for a prescription medication which isn't available in the UK.
They don't offer it, I've been round and round with a few doctors about it under different names basically its not offered here under any of the three names.. which is why I'm asking if thers a way to get a prescription for it here.
 

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You could ask your GP if they'll prescribe something called "Flexura."

The active ingredient in both Flexura and Skelaxin is called metaxalone... it's the same active ingredient in both but marketed under different names in various countries; so while your UK GP may not be familiar with "Skelaxin," they would be able to look up "Flexura" in the British National Formulary (the book of drug monographs they have at their disposal) and prescribe it, if they feel that it is suitable for your use.
Is Flexura in there?
 

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Metaxalone is available in the UK but it may be a specialist medicine that can only be prescribed by certain doctors... I am familiar with some UK pharmacy law but I don't know how widely available it is nor who can prescribe it. You might run into problems importing it through the mail from the US if it's not widely prescribed for use in the UK... I wouldn't risk mail order until I knew for sure if it can be imported.

Are you treating fibromyalgia? If so, they might not be able to prescribe metaxalone to you if it's not licensed to treat fibromyalgia.
 

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Metaxalone is available in the UK but it may be a specialist medicine that can only be prescribed by certain doctors... I am familiar with some UK pharmacy law but I don't know how widely available it is nor who can prescribe it. You might run into problems importing it through the mail from the US if it's not widely prescribed for use in the UK... I wouldn't risk mail order until I knew for sure if it can be imported.

Are you treating fibromyalgia? If so, they might not be able to prescribe metaxalone to you if it's not licensed to treat fibromyalgia.
I have spinal cord issues from when I had an emergency backsurgery that basically almost paralyzed me. Baclofen [email protected] resistant to.

Metaxalone would work I was taking it in the states, any idea who I could contact to get a prescription though? How did you find it was a specialist medicine? I've calld the pharmacy they dont have it.

Basically I'm looking for the place I can go to get the prescription.
 

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You might have to go to a private GP if the NHS can't/won't help you. Again, I don't know whom you'd see... perhaps a back specialist.

I had a quick look on the internet to see what Skrlaxin was, exactly and then Googled 'metaxaline,' as UK physicians would be more familiar with that generic name than the Skelaxin brand name.

I saw a UK based fibromyalgia blog that mentioned some US based neds that are used for fibromyalgia there that aren't widely prescribed/approved for fibromyalgia here in the UK and it mentioned Skelaxin

I feel your pain about the unavailability of some NA drugs here in the UK. I suffer from insomnia and have taken Dramamine for sleep. I was surprised to see that it's not available here as it is in Canada and the US. Due to the nature of my husband's job, I'm reluctant to try to get it via mail order (I'm sure it's legit to do but I don't want to take any chances) so I'm resigned to trying to remember to buy it when I go to Canada for visits home or getting my friends to bring it over for me.
 
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Aleve isn't avaliable here but I was able to get it on the NHS its known as Naproxen they give it out like its some type of special med. I've got a limit of 2 per day from them on a prescription that I take when I need it for period pain.

When I go home and thats not a sure thing atm I will be filling some prescriptions from my doctor ect.

I did some calling to the pharmacist and a few physicians that are private down in london to see if htey could give it to me. My best bet is to give ask the doctor for a private prescription at the NHS hospital and hten source it privately from america. Guess they will prescibe things for you as long as its private and you pay the full cost.

Due to nature of my husbands job I wont try an get it illegally

Also try ''amazon'' for your dramamine..You may be able to source your dramamine on the NHS privately if you need it.
 

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Metaxalone is available in the UK but it may be a specialist medicine that can only be prescribed by certain doctors... I am familiar with some UK pharmacy law but I don't know how widely available it is nor who can prescribe it. You might run into problems importing it through the mail from the US if it's not widely prescribed for use in the UK... I wouldn't risk mail order until I knew for sure if it can be imported.

Are you treating fibromyalgia? If so, they might not be able to prescribe metaxalone to you if it's not licensed to treat fibromyalgia.
West Coast Canadien Girl.. I was able to get a private prescription for it today from the GP so lets see if they can source what I'm after.
 

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Aleve isn't avaliable here but I was able to get it on the NHS its known as Naproxen they give it out like its some type of special med. I've got a limit of 2 per day from them on a prescription that I take when I need it for period pain.

When I go home and thats not a sure thing atm I will be filling some prescriptions from my doctor ect.

I did some calling to the pharmacist and a few physicians that are private down in london to see if htey could give it to me. My best bet is to give ask the doctor for a private prescription at the NHS hospital and hten source it privately from america. Guess they will prescibe things for you as long as its private and you pay the full cost.

Due to nature of my husbands job I wont try an get it illegally

Also try ''amazon'' for your dramamine..You may be able to source your dramamine on the NHS privately if you need it.
It's crazy the drug laws and how they vary from country to country (even between Canada and the US - I used to work in a pharmacy in Canada)... when I first got here ('12), one could get Imitrex (the brand name for sumatriptan, a migraine medication that is Rx only in North America) as well as low dose (25mg) Voltaren tablets (the brand name for diclofenac, something that is also Rx only in North America) OTC... in the past couple of years, they've both gone Rx only here in the UK as well. I was disappointed when that happened as I used to take a higher dose, sustained release Voltaren tablet for the same reasons you took Aleve.

Please don't take it personally that they limit you to 2 naproxen tablets per day on prescription... they (the General Pharmaceutical Council) are just looking out for your health (naproxen and NSAIDS in general can be hard on the body... remember the Vioxx scandal of 2004? that drug was a popularly prescribed NSAID that had disastrous [lethal] side effects, as is Celebrex even though that's still on the market).

You should be able to find your generic Skelaxin at a pharmacy... it does have legal status here in the UK, so it'd just be a matter of finding a pharmacy to fill it (it may take a day or two for the pharmacy to get it in for you).

Amazon.co.uk doesn't carry Dramamine (just horrid ginger candy that's only good for morning sickness [and even for that, it's not the greatest] and some homeopathic type anti-nausea cures) but I've seen it at an online UK pharmacy (I have an active 13 month old daughter, so I need to be awake more than I need to sleep LOL)
 
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