- Apr 15, 2020
- London, UK
Not sure how it works in the UK but here in Canada I know that the GP can still write prescriptions for existing medication. My wife's GP has done that when she needs to refill her meds. What the GP can't do is prescribe new meds or change the existing prescription in any way. That needs to come from her psychiatrist.
Here in the UK GP's have free reign to prescribe antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. However, when it comes to more serious stuff like antipsychotics or mood stabilisers they usually need a recommendation from the psychiatrist.I once just told the family doc, first time I met him, that I was depressed and had taken zoloft in the past. No problem. Got the prescription. (in Canada)
My psychiatrist will most likely contact my GP informing advising them to take me off the medication. However, if I manage to get ahead of the news, which I most likely will thanks to the sluggish way in which the NHS communicate, I will contact my GP first and inform them of my side of the story first and tell them that they didn't even offer me any advice on how to come off antipsychotics. Hopefully, if I get a good GP on the day they will take my side of the story into account.