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I'm still currently treating my two goldfish for dropsy with metro tablet sent from Stakos. But I'm just wondering where can I get some more here in Australia, since the tablets i have left is running low. Will I be able to get some from my GP? Or do I need to go get them from a vet?

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Helen's sent myself some too, since I can't get them anywhere without a consultation, and the first time I did take my fish to the vet it ended up costing me $140 to receive two tablets :/ I've had absolutely no luck getting them anywhere local and I've called a bunch of specialists vets but none will prescribe without a proper consultation.

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So I just go to my GP with the tablet and ask him to prescribe some? Will they normally prescribe them even if I do not have any illness?

Also do they just called metronidazole or is there a medical name for the tablet?

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depends on how well you know your GP.. if for long time and you explain to him what they're needed for, then he may prescribe. how long has the fish been dropsied? is the body showing deformities other than the usual swell/pineconing? also, feel the belly, if it's soft, then you're probably best of euthing to be honest. i don't mean to be rude, but soft bellies are a clear indication that the fish will most likely not make it irrespective of the treatments.

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they are known as Metronidazole which is the main ingredient. they are sold as Flagyl.. if in Flagyl packaging, the tablet will have a film around it.. sugarcoated. you will need to coarsely crush the tablet and peel the film off, you cannot treat with the film or add the film to food.

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Thanks for the reply

I've been treating them for about 20 days, the fish has had dropsy i think about a month now when they first shown visible sign of dropsy. now both side belly had gone from fully bloated with scale sticking out to one side down to normal with the other side scales still slightly sticking out. But I'd say the bloating has gone down so much and fish are very active and eating well(they were bottom sitting before treatment). There isn't any deformities and I will try and feel the belly on the next wc.

Yeah I know the GP pretty well. So there isn't any other form of metro tablet that GP can prescribe without the sugar coat? Did you get yours from GP prescription or from the vet?

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hun, i have to be blunt. i can't expose my supplier as i don't think there is enough "legal" there for him to be supplying. at the moment, i am treating 2 in qt and running low on stock as i've supplied many aussies. i have enough only for my two, otherwise i would have just offered and sent them to you.

if you can get him to just prescribe you Metronidazole not in Flagyl form, i guess that should be fine, it's non commercialized like that meaning, there is a less demand for prescriptions as the drug companies don't make money from it. with low overheads on that production, there's no surgar coating to the tablet.

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I don't think they'll get through customs here. I was thinking of possibly trying to order the metronidazole by seachem from our sponser but considering it's a prescription only medicine here, and there's a lot of it, I doubt it would pass. :(

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I would be willing to buy some Metro-Meds and ship them to you for cost. $14.00 for the meds and $15.00 shipping to Australia. I can write "pet supplies" on the customs form...

Thanks for offering to help! But I'm not sure if its legal to receive prescription meds here in Aus(in case they found out) as the customs here is quite strict... I'll go and ask my GP first to see if he can prescript them to me. Thanks again! :)

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I would be willing to buy some Metro-Meds and ship them to you for cost. $14.00 for the meds and $15.00 shipping to Australia. I can write "pet supplies" on the customs form...

You can try, although it may not work. I know various others have tried it.

I don't think they'll get through customs here. I was thinking of possibly trying to order the metronidazole by seachem from our sponser but considering it's a prescription only medicine here, and there's a lot of it, I doubt it would pass. :(

For things like this, don't order from our sponsor. We don't have him to end up getting scrutinized :o:rofl

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I would be willing to buy some Metro-Meds and ship them to you for cost. $14.00 for the meds and $15.00 shipping to Australia. I can write "pet supplies" on the customs form...

Thanks for offering to help! But I'm not sure if its legal to receive prescription meds here in Aus(in case they found out) as the customs here is quite strict... I'll go and ask my GP first to see if he can prescript them to me. Thanks again! :)

Ok, just let me know. :) Hopefully your Dr. will be able to help. If not I can always repackage the Metro-Meds. If customs decides to open the package it will just look like pellet food for a small animal, they won't be able to tell it is medicated. Worst-case scenario they will just confiscate it.

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Just wondering, is metro med prescription drug in uk or us aswell?

No, Metro-Meds is actually a medicated pellet fish food that contains metronidazole. It is available only in the US, but people from the US have sent it out to other countries before without issue. It's only you Aussies who are crazy about your imports. :rofl

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Just wondering, is metro med prescription drug in uk or us aswell?

It's sold in a brand of pet food in the US as metro meds, as well as a few other products like seachem provides which is just powder form of metro :)

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Oh... I think ive seen that seachem metro med on the website before.

Why can't Aus allow imports of the fish metro med here for the poor fishes suffering from dropsy :(

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Oh... I think ive seen that seachem metro med on the website before.

Why can't Aus allow imports of the fish metro med here for the poor fishes suffering from dropsy :(

I don't know what they're so concerned with, it's not like a controlled substance or anything. Your crazy government is forcing us into the nefarious underworld of antibiotic smuggling! :rofl:

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Oh... I think ive seen that seachem metro med on the website before.

Why can't Aus allow imports of the fish metro med here for the poor fishes suffering from dropsy :(

Think you mean Seachem Metronidazole.. not metro meds
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it won't pass and as they are acutal prescribed drugs, if found out, which will be the case, penalties will apply. please do not send them, for everyone's sake. kerry, just get your GP to prescribe flagyl. the coating is not too difficult to remove. even the minimal 4-6 tablets. hopefully by the time you're finished them, either the problem will be resolved or i will have more stock.

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Metro is prescription only in UK as well. Can't spell out the name with my phone. In the US we are allowed to buy quite a few over the counter drugs for animals. Probably due to our farm culture. Other countries are not so lax.

Sending prescription drugs could end you in the DEA hands or your buyers In the equivalent. That's worse case scenario, most likely they would destroy them.

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Oh... I think ive seen that seachem metro med on the website before.

Why can't Aus allow imports of the fish metro med here for the poor fishes suffering from dropsy :(

hun, MetroMeds are a medicated fish food. one of its active ingredients is Metronidazole, hence why it is the favourite med we ask members here to use when their fish is dropsied. also, because MetroMeds has Metronidazole in it, which is a prescription only medicine (as mentioned above), importing without a 1. license, 2. permit, is not possible.

to obtain either the license, permit or both, requires the manufacturer to fill out paperwork at their end. i see potential to import and retail this product. i have tried at length to make this happen, manufacturer will not come to the party. they are not interested and have expressed that it's too much paperwork for them.

so, we just have to make do with what we have and hope that it works for us :)

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