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Lotronex in the UK??

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Hi guys. After reading the US news article posted on Eric's website - on the brain in the gut - I really feel Lotronex might be an excellent idea. I spoke to my GP today. She'd never heard of it, and said she couldn't prescribe it me on the NHS, I had to get a private consultant to prescribe it. Which is okay I think. However, I don't think it's yet approved for use in the EU. Anyone in the UK/EU got hold of it yet??thanks,wanderingstar
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Hi wanderingstar:I'm not in the UK, but I'm bumping this up for you in the hope that some of the UK people will see it.
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Wanderingstar,Didn't you say in an earlier post you were using Mirtazapine (Remeron)? If so, I doubt Lotronex (Alosetron) would help much. Mirtazapine already blocks 5-HT3 receptors in the same way that Lotronex does. Adding Lotronex might be too much.
When i was looking to import lotronex into Australia i first tried the UK and was told it would not be available in the UK for about a year... But it may be different now.
A number of months ago I think I posted that an article in UK paper had said that it wouldn't be available until at least end of year. You could try contacting Glaxo direct for more info.
Guy - thanks for pointing out what I should of figured out myself!! Duh!! Do you think the recommended dose of Lotronex does the same as about the average does of Remeron(30mg)? I'm looking to come of the Remeron in 2 months.
I contacted Glaxo in April this year after reading about Lotronex on the BB, and they said that they'd applied for a licence to market it in the EU and it might be available by 2001.Good luckKari
Wanderingstar,It's hard to estimate comparable potency, since Lotronex is so new, and Mirtazapine is usually prescribed for different purposes. There may be some trial and error involved in finding an equivalent dose.
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