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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

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