Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
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Primary Care prescribing resource
Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB
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Pharmacy / Prescribing


Dear Patient

The NHS carries out regular reviews of medicines to make sure that patients continue to receive high quality and effective treatment that costs the NHS less.

The latest review involves a change in one of the medications on your prescription. The full details of the change are shown below, and this new medication will be given to you when you collect your next repeat prescription.


WHAT IT WILL CHANGE TO (Delete as appropriate): Brancico® XL 150mg, 200mg, 300mg, 400mg tablets

This new medicine contains the same active ingredient as your old medication so please continue to take it in the same way and at the same dose as before.

Please finish taking all the medication you currently have now before starting on the new medication (Brancico® XL tablets). The appearance of the new version of your medicine may be different from your previous version. You may already be receiving this brand from your pharmacy as it is often supplied by pharmacies when a brand is not specified on a prescription.

You should notice no difference in how it works as it is equally effective and has the same side effects as your old version.

To obtain your next supply of medicines more efficiently, you can order a repeat prescription by logging into your account using the NHS app which may be downloaded from the NHS website. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you to only order the medicines you need each time you resubmit your repeat prescription request as this helps minimise medicine waste.

If you are concerned or wish to discuss the matter further, please do not hesitate to contact the practice

Yours sincerely

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July 2023
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The recommendation is based upon the evidence available at the time of publication. This recommendation will be reviewed upon request in the light of new evidence becoming available.
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