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Any way of getting Augmentin without prescription?

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Is there any reasonably safe way of obtaining Augmentin without prescription (like I seem to remember people have talked about getting azithromycin via veterinary suppliers, although I can't now find where it said that)?  I doubt it, but just throwing that out there. 

We're going on holiday in a week, for two weeks, and my symptoms improved quite noticeably in the last week or so of the course of Augmentin I've just finished but are now going downhill again, and my GPs (who do the prescribing because the PANS specialist is a paediatrician and therefore, bizarrely, isn't allowed to prescribe for adults) are dragging their feet about prescribing any more Augmentin without a blood test.  (Which can't be arranged in that short a time, and anyway if the symptoms continue as they are it's going to be very unlikely that they'll be able to GET a blood sample UNTIL I've had the antibiotics.)  So in about a week we're all going to be in a hole.

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I can't speak to obtaining Augmentin without an Rx, but I thought I'd share something else that worked for us. My daughter went through two rounds of Augmentin with amazing results. When she started to flare a while after the antibiotics treatment ended, her PANS doc was hesitant to go right to Augmentin as my daughter's bloodwork was still ok. She suggested we first try Naproxen (brand-name: Aleve) anti-inflammatory for 30 days and see if that helped. It was amazing. Now that is our first line of defense when there are illnesses going around and my daughter starts to flare. I know not everyone responds the same way, but just thought I'd pass along how much Naproxen has helped us in place of antibiotics.

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Ahhh - that would have worked but unfortunately naproxen is a prescription medicine in this country!  So close but so far!  I'll bear it in mind, though, perhaps it'll be useful some time in the future.  Do you mean to say it worked noticeably better than ibuprofen?  (I do take ibuprofen some of the time, in fact much more of the time than I should, I'm sure you shouldn't continue to take it several times a day for weeks and months on end, but it doesn't entirely seem to cut it.) 

Or maybe they might even be prepared to prescribe that - it's not going to be possible, by the look of it, to get to speak to any of them before we leave for Grasmere, but maybe they'd be prepared to speak over the phone and then send over the prescription for us to get cashed at the pharmacy there.  Perhaps that'd be a thing that she'd be more prepared to prescribe without a blood test.

It's infuriating because I get the impresssion, though I'm not sure, that what my GP is thinking is not so much "I don't want to prescribe this until I've seen the blood test" as "I don't want to go on just prescribing things at hazard without bothering to do blood tests, I want the blood tests to be done".  Whereas, for both the reasons mentioned, the blood tests just ARE NOT GOING to get done for a bit, insisting is not going to change that, so just leaving me without any treatment until then is just a bit useless.

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DD symptoms ramp up when a period is coming. She takes boswellia. Before she started taking mitochondrial support supplements, She took Advil cold and sinus which is 200 mg ibuprofen with 30 mg of Pseudoephedrine. 30 mins before symptoms leading to an episode would stop an episode from occurring. It worked so well we got dependent on it for more than a year but then it cause her immune system to attack her thyroid and liver. If it works for you as long as you use it when needed it shouldn’t have any side affects. She took 1000 mg of ibuprofen during flares and it would curb symptoms but not stop an episode. The Advil cold and sinus works way better.

DD would also experience symptoms with bacteria infections. I think urine test are less costly than blood tests. You can also ask the pharmacist for over the counter anti inflammatory alternatives. 

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It looks like there are online purchases available but with all the fake or deluded prescription drugs I’m not sure how you can verify if they are real.

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What is your issue with a blood test?

My DD is extremely needle phobic.  We are have trouble with blood tests as well.  Insisting won't help in any way......:)

I did search online and found a prescription patch that works very well in numbing the area, and related brain pathways.  It is called Synera.  I would love to know people's experience with this.  OR any other suggestions.

(We would need to do a standard blood test soon, and can't see how it will happen.  Last blood test we had 3 people holding her down......Not going that route again....)

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I really don't think that it's possible that any of these patch things affect the brain.  I should jolly well hope not, anyway.  I looked up Synera and it is just lidocaine and another thing of the same class whose exact name I've forgotten, like any other topical thing.   I think you must have got a bit confused.

Update on my own position: she has prescribed some more now.  My symptoms have gone completely back to where they were before over the three weeks without antibiotics, but I'm hoping they will eventually go away now I can take them again.  Blood test being arranged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don’t understand what the difference is, but Naproxen worked noticeably different for my husband (not diagnosed), while my daughter gets better results from Motrin, and antibiotics make a big difference with her too.  But for my husband, naproxen has been almost like magic in lessening his rage episodes that stem from what I believe could be called intrusive thoughts.  He also has terrible anxiety, symptoms not touched by naproxen.  And I could be wrong about this one, because it has been a long time since she took it and was taking many other things at the same time, but I believe that I saw a drastic decrease in anxiety in my daughter when she started cromalyn sodium, to drink (there are other ways it is used).  It is a mast cell stabilizer.  I just wanted to add all these things because everyone seems to be so different and there are so many ways togo about it. For my daughter, I don’t think she could be without antibiotics and ivig. Another thing that helped my daughter, that boosted her mood right away, was low dose naltrexone.  And lastly, surprisingly it took years before anyone thought of this one, was a few months on antivirals. Her skin rashes cleated right up after that too, so I guess we didn’t realize that she was dealing with a virus problem for years, on top of everything else.  

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