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Epilim gastro-resistant tablets out of stock in UK (Updated)

16 Jan 2019

Updated 16 January 2019: 500mg tablets are back in stock.

Original story 11 January 2019: Epilim gastro-resistant tablets (sodium valproate) are temporarily out of stock in all doses.

Sanofi has told us the 200mg tablets will be back in stock by the end of January and the 500mg tablets will be back in stock in mid-January.

If you are due to run out of Epilim gastro-resistant tablets before they come back in stock, speak to your GP, epilepsy specialist or epilepsy specialist nurse for advice.

Epilim Chrono tablets back in stock in UK

11 Jan 2019

Epilim Chrono tablets are back in stock in all doses. However we’ve heard that some pharmacists are running out of stock quickly. Sanofi has told us this may be due to a change in the pack size. This will not affect the amount of tablets you receive in your prescription, but could mean some pharmacists have not ordered as much stock as they need without realising.

Sanofi assures us stock is available for pharmacists to order. If your pharmacist has any problems getting hold of Epilim Chrono, they can contact Sanofi direct for advice. 

Frisium tablets out of stock in the UK

9 Jan 2019

Frisium (clobazam) tablets are out of stock in the UK. Sanofi expects to have them back in stock in mid-January 2019.

If you are due to run out of Frisium tablets before they come back in stock, your pharmacist may need to give you a different manufacturer’s version of clobazam. If you have any concerns about this, speak to your GP, epilepsy specialist or epilepsy specialist nurse.

Carbagen and Carbagen SR out of stock in the UK

20 Dec 2018

Mylan has told us that both Carbagen (carbamazepine) and Carbagen SR (prolonged-release carbamazepine) are out of stock.

This is due to manufacturing issues. Mylan does not expect to return to normal stock levels until the middle of 2019. We will update this page as soon as we know more.

Other manufacturer’s versions of both standard and prolonged release carbamazepine are available. If you have any concerns about taking a different version of your medicine, speak to your GP, epilepsy nurse or epilepsy specialist.

Diazepam 2.5mg RecTubes (rectal diazepam) out of stock in UK

4 Dec 2018

Diazepam 2.5mg RecTubes (rectal diazepam) are out of stock. The maker of RecTubes, Wockhardt, has told us this is due to a manufacturing issue. Wockhardt does not know when it will have them back in stock.

Other doses of rectal diazepam are in stock.

We are not aware of any other companies in the UK that make a 2.5mg dose of rectal diazepam. If you or your child has been prescribed this dose, speak to your GP, epilepsy specialist or epilepsy specialist nurse for advice.

Carbagen SR out of stock in the UK

30 Nov 2018

Carbagen SR (prolonged release carbamazepine) tablets are out of stock in all doses. This is due to a long-term manufacturing issue. Mylan, the maker of Carbagen SR, does not know when it will have these tablets back in stock.

Standard release Carbagen tablets are not affected by the manufacturing issue and are in stock. Other manufacturer’s versions of prolonged release carbamazepine are also in stock.

If you have any concerns about taking a different version of your medicine, speak to your GP, epilepsy nurse or epilepsy specialist.

Epilim Chronosphere MR (sodium valproate) 250mg granules out of stock in UK

23 Nov 2018

Update on 23 November 2018

This medicine is now back in stock.

Original story 30 October 2018

Epilim Chronosphere MR 250mg granules are temporarily out of stock. The maker of Epilim Chronosphere, Sanofi, expects to have them back in stock from 30 November 2018.

Other doses of Epilim Chronosphere are available. But Sanofi has advised pharmacists to avoid making up the dose with 50mg and 100mg granules. If they do, it’s likely these doses will also go out of stock.

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