Co-proxamol ban will mean patients suffer
I am a singlehanded inner-city GP and look after an increasingly elderly population. Some 170 of my patients are in nursing homes and regularly need analgesic medication.
NSAIDs have unwanted side-effects – codeine and other opiate-type medication constipate and paracetamol is often not efficacious enough.
I need a medication that provides more analgesic benefit than paracetamol but has few side-effects. Co-proxamol fits this gap perfectly.
I have prescribed it for more than 25 years with positive feedback from patients.
I have never personally known a case of suicide from this drug. My nursing home patients have their medication dispensed by nursing staff, so an overdose would be impossible.
I think the proposed ban on this drug is wrong and will cause much suffering for my patients. I would like to add my support for the cancelling of the withdrawal of co-proxamol.
From Dr Peter Goodall, Southampton