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removal of restrictions on the purchase of non-precription, everyday painkillers

Comment 5th July 2010

I would like to see the current restrictions on the purchase of everyday painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, removed.

Why does this matter?

Having a recurrent back problem, I sometimes need to take painkillers to enable me to function.   I am unable to buy more than  one packet of tablets containing16 in any one transaction.   Conforming to the advice and dosage given, these would last 2 days, which is insufficient, when my problem can last for a week or ten days before I am back to normal.   I do not need to take up a valuable visit to the doctor for a prescription.  I usually know exactly what the problem is and how to treat myself.    I am quite happy to pay for what I need as it is relatively cheap and is on sale everywhere.   The problem comes when I want to buy enough tablets to last the length of time for which I need them.   I am then treated as if I am not to be trusted not to take all the tablets together and as if, at the age of 64, having had my condition since I was 20, I have suddenly lost my reason.   I find this nannying totally abhorant.

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