Pauline - sounds like a good appointment - you were able to have quite a discussion by the sound of it.
Sedge, John had an appointment at 4pm to do with his cough and my appointment was at 4.20pm. I went in with John and when she had finished with him she said that I was next as she had no other appointments in between. We must have been with her at least half an hour. Having read the copy of the report that I gave her two weeks ago, she probably kept that time free.
It must have been hugely satisfying for you to have been able to have an intelligent and adult conversation with your GP on the subject of statins, well done! Sorry, if that sounds patronising, it's not meant to... it's just rare that patients are allowed to have that sort of conversation without the GP "knowing better". You have a keeper there.
As regards CoQ10 being on prescription - well, Lamberts Co-Enzyme Q10 Capsules appear on the NHS Electronic Drug Tariff Part XVIIIA Products K-L
so if they are there then surely they are prescribable? FWIW Lamberts Selenium tablets appear on the same page. It might be worth pointing this out to your GP, though if push comes to shove presumably you could fund them yourself? Trouble is knowing the correct dosage, so many over the counter supplements are woefully below the optimum dose. Certainly worth asking at the Heart Failure Clinic.
My GP and I often have conversations about controversial subjects such as the eatwell plate, low carb diets, cholesterol and statins. She agrees with me that there is so much new information on these subjects now, that things are changing from day to day and the experts are still arguing about what is correct. I asked her if she would like me to put into writing that it was my decision not to take the statins. She smiled and said that it would not be necessary. She said I was an intelligent person who had spent a lot of time looking into all the pros and cons of statins and I was perfectly able to make my own decisions.
Thank you for your link regarding the CoQ10 and selenium supplements, Patti. I will look into it and will definitely ask about them at the Heart Failure Clinic. At the end of the day though, I may just have to fund them myself.
It seems Beconase has helped you both, Sedge and Patti, so I hope it gets rid of any inflamation that I have too. I seem to remember being on it before, about 20-30 years ago, but I can't remember why I was prescribed it.