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Users of co-proxamol are not all addicted

From Dr Jeremy Cox

Wareham, Dorset

Dr Frank Shapiro's views on

co-codamol are irrelevant (Letters, 26 October). No patient would be deprived if it were banned tomorrow. Both elements are available separately and probably better prescribed that way.

However, co-proxamol elements are not. As for the suggestion that all users of co-proxamol are addicted, then may I ask why on a good day I will use none for my osteoarthritis, on a bad day six, and while in Greece in the heat of summer I needed none for a fortnight?

Is this the pattern of addiction? I think not. Why so many doctors should be so happy that many patients will either be in pain, constipated, dozy or damaging their kidneys and CV systems with NSAIDs after the withdrawal of co-proxamol escapes me.

I would be surprised if the total incidence of death by accidental or intentional ingestion of drugs changes one iota after the withdrawal of co-proxamol.

• From Dr Robert Whelan

Chorley, Lancashire

As a practising GP with a particular interest in prescribing and therapeutics,

I have been delighted to wave co-proxamol goodbye.

I cannot think of a more retrogressive step to see it reintroduced.

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