‘Miracle drug stopped are smashing up bedroom but GP says it was prescribed by mistake’

Leslie Urquhart’s son’s life appeared to have improved after being prescribed Tranquilyn but now she claims doctors said he should never have had it – and the family’s situation has worsened

Leslie Urquhart saw a huge improvement in her son after he was given Tranquilyn to help with his mental health condition

A struggling mum has begged doctors to re-prescribe her son a ‘miracle’ drug after claiming they withdrew his medicine because he was given it by mistake.

Leslie Urquhart’s teenage boy smashed up his bedroom last month and hit her as his mental health condition deteriorated.

She says the drugs he had been given gave him a “normal life” – but they were suddenly stopped, the Daily Record report.

The worried parent was told the treatment had been administered through error – and it wouldn’t be repeated.

Leslie begged her GP to help the 14-year-old and who has plunged back into a “horrible, dark place” after doctors refused to continue prescribing Tranquilyn.

Her 14-year-old child was given pills which helped ease the symptoms



The mum-of-three, from Cowdenbeath, Fife, said: “The GP said he would prescribe something as a stop gap. I have prescribed 10mg a day. He takes one dose in the morning.

“For the first three weeks, there was a real change. I had my happy wee boy back. He left the house to go out with a friend twice and went bowling with his big brother and I.

“I phoned the GP asking for his dose to be increased but the GP said it should never have been prescribed.”

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has now placed her son on the Autism Spectrum Disorder pathway.

But the medicine’s withdrawal saw the boy return to a ‘dark place’



But Leslie has been told it could take between three and five years before he gets an appointment to be assessed.

Leslie added: “It is like we have had three weeks reprieve and have now been sent back to hell.”

Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “This family has been crying out for help and it is increasingly clear they need access to diagnosis and treatment for their son immediately.”

Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “To have a glimpse of the boy her son could become with adequate treatment only to have it snatched away and confined to the longest queue in the NHS is unbelievably cruel.”

A spokeswoman from Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership said: “Fife’s multi-agency pathway for children and young people who require assessment for autism was changed to remote delivery due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“In July 2021, face-to-face assessments were reinstated alongside a continuation of remote assessments.

“In addition, a helpline has continued to be available to families of children waiting for assessment or affected by autism.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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