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MEDICATION. 7 years 5 months ago #13392

Please could somebody inform me is your medication taken into account by the dwp. Also are any side affects of same considered, Or can they assess or ask you what are your symptoms like withiut the medication etc. Also i always thought that the dwp doctors were not allowed to make snapshot decisions on a persons medical condition/s. best wishes and a great site .

Re:MEDICATION. 7 years 5 months ago #13393

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They should definetely take account of whether medication effects you.
For example, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, fatigue etc.
These things can make some people feel quite ill.

Re:MEDICATION. 7 years 5 months ago #13395

Hi Ged,

As I'm sure you're aware, many prescriptions medicines can cause quite severe side effects, so in my opinion as a former staff nurse it would be essential for a DWP appointed doctor to take your medication into account.

You are also right in that it's impossible for a DWP doctor who only sees you for a short time to make a snapshot decision based on how you were on the day you were seen.

In cases like this, it's always advisable to have support from your GP or any other health care professional familiar with your condition(s).

Hope this helps.

You wrote great site ......we try our best ;)


Re:MEDICATION. 7 years 5 months ago #13402

Hi Pat, :)

Reading this thread I wondered if there was any need/any point in mentioning an increase in medication to JobCentrePlus and DWP in respect of my IB and DLA benefits.

At the time of my IB medical in 2007 I was not taking the extra painkillers, the anti-depressants or the amitriptilyne I now take. I had not been diagnosed with dry eye syndrome or prescribed 'artificial tears' -that happened in April of this year -and the restless less syndrome diagnosis and prescription of amitriptilyne to help with that is a recent development.

At the time of my DLA renewal in August of this year I was not yet diagnosed with RLS or prescribed the amitriptilyne which has benefits but also some unwelcome side effects.

Is this worth mentioning, or would it just cause extra problems telling them about it?


Re:MEDICATION. 7 years 5 months ago #13404

Hi Angela,

I would certainly mention both to JC Plus and the DLA Unit in Blackpool about your medication.

As a retired nurse, I'm well aware of the side effects of amitriptilyne, since it's been around for well over 30 years.

Although originally developed for depression, it's used in many conditions now,
and my husband who has MS was recently prescribed it to take at night to help with muscle spasm and insomnia and it works :)

Best wishes.


Re:MEDICATION. 7 years 5 months ago #13407

Thanks Pat :)

I'm still at the 'initial side effects' stage but I'm hopeful it will indeed help. :)

However, my condition had worsened or I wouldn't have been prescribed it, so I suppose they may need to know about that anyway.

I'm glad to hear the amitriptilyne is proving a help to Jim. :)

Thanks a lot,

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