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#1 BamaGram

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 02:02 PM

If we purchase anything from the pharmacy (only thing interested is low dose of loratbs) can we take those back to America with us? I am not sure if its legal and dont want to get in trouble trying to board the plane!
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 03:53 PM

They do not have Lortab or oxycodone here. The only narcotic you can get and only with a RX is Tylox which is equal to T3. Other then that a shot of morphine from a doctor for severe pain.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 04:31 PM

The pharmacies have apparently taken the no over the counter antibodics law to heart. We stopped at our usual haunts downtown with no success. I was in Mega and found that they had them but got the same line. They would not sell them without a doctor's prescription.

I asked a good friend of ours who is Mexican and has two children about getting medication for them. Again not without a prescription.

At the airport we were waiting for our flight and happened to sit right beside the pharmacy. Lo and behold dozens of bottles of antibodics for sale. No prescription required. Donna picked up one Z-pak. Instead of the usual $15 it was $30. Not a bargin anymore.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 07:53 PM

Lortabs, oh I wish and what a topic for under things to do on the island. Schedule IV medications are as restricted as schedule II in the States and the only schedule III drugs are the 30mg and 50 mg codeine compounded with Tylenol or naproxen. The Tylex 30 being a brand name is bargained priced at about $2 dollars a capsule vs 15 cents for generics in the States. I know
T-3s are still prescribed in Canada, but they are so close to worthless, I'm not sure any doctors bother to prescribe them anymore. The only other schedule IIIs that exist is Buprenorphine, but harder to find, another one of the drugs that are why would anyone take that class of ineffective pain medicine. In pain management situations, you're talking stone age, not stoned age. Schedule IV medicines like Xanax of Valium, the assorted diazepams are again treated like a class II in the Sates and they require written prescriptions from doctors licensed to prescribe any of these highly controlled substances.

It is easy enough to get prescriptions for antibiotics from Farmacias Similares, a consulta costs $35 pesos. There is no problem getting them prescribed to take back to the States. Oh that is a rude price to pay for a z-pack, azithromycin, I usually pay about $4 dollars for a box of three 500 mg tablets.
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:36 AM

Lordie be, you guys just mentioned a bunch of drugs I know nothing about. lol. Thanks for the info. You just cleared alot of rumors for me. In the states you always hear how you can go to Mexico and buy any drug you want. While here you got to go to the dr, pay a copay, pay the dr bill then pay a copay for the meds then pay for the meds. So I was wondering if that myth was true or not. So thanks for the clarification!
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 07:26 AM

There are great savings on some things, sometimes, but it has gotten much more selective. Anything and I mean everything, that relieves genuine pain or might "supposedly" have remote potential of "abuse", mostly doesn't exist, but might be five times more restrictive than in the States. Those lucky ones that have actually health coverage that includes covering medicines (I don't know these people personally, but I have heard of them), most of the patent protected drugs that would require a co-payment, those aren't going to exist here or might be the same as full price in the States. Now with discount deals at Walmart, Walgreen's, major chain stores, drugs available in generic, they may be cheaper in the States, but all made in India or China. Antibiotics have recently become restricted and require a prescription which can be easily obtained and inexpensively. Decent savings on certain (many) antibiotics, but if you are only talking a co-payment, any savings is limited.

I still see outrageous claims of being able to buy restricted items cheaply in Mexico and that is a complete myth. You might could get deals on the border as the result of drug store and warehouse robberies in the States, but they don't exist here.

Where I live when I am in the States, a trip to an actually drug store involves travel to an airport and then a two hour jet flight. Try explaining to a drug store in Florida, why you want to fill an expensive anti nausea medicine...."can't you find a source 5,000 miles closer"? Trust me, I wouldn't be calling if I had not exhausted all possibilities in a 1,500 mile radius and as you know, the medicine has no abuse nor illicit use, it is too expensive to stock in my limited options.

Real pain medication comes down to morphine only and can only be administered in hospitals. It is a sin.

You do save big time on the cost of paying a doctor to write a prescription. If you know what you are doing (big IF) self diagnosis and self treatment can indeed save you a bundle, but would not normally be recommended. I have experience and training, I generally know the risks involved, but I don't have the options available to most people in most places. Living in isolated areas has many blessings, but requires self sufficiency and reliance. Being one's own doctor is essential at whatever the risks. If I can't initiate treatment when needed, I'd long be dead before I reached any dubious medical facilities. I have more confidence in Mexico than I do in the United States despite the limitations which at times can really be a bitch.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:39 AM

Per perscriptions: I recently talked to US Customs about bringing in prescription drugs and their reply was basically: If a Mexican or Mexican resident enters the USA with a prescription drug they will be allowed to pass, but a tourist coming home with a controlled medication on a Mexican prescription will, in most cases, have the drugs seized. If you enter the USA with prescription drugs bought legally here and do not declare them you can be subject to prosecution (i.e. R. Limbaugh and the Viagra debacle).

That being pointed out I will also say that outside of the drug/bomb dogs sniffing luggage, that I have never, ever seen anyone searched upon re-entry ino the USA. Once about 4 years ago I did see a guy right in front of me at the immigration point get pulled out of line and arrested for an outstanding warrant.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 12:42 PM

I found you can get just as good as if not better deals through an online Canadian pharmacy. I found my parents lipitor for example for 1/3rd the cost and i didn't have to worry about immigration and customs and any rules. Shipped right to their door.
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#9 BamaGram

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:46 AM

Last time I was there I had my prescription thyroid medicine packed in my suitcase going onto Mexico and into the US from Mexico and never got questioned. This year I will have more than just my thyroid med, I will have prescription irom pills and maybe advil. Hopefully none of those will alarm anyone. They arent for pain and they arent illegal
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:19 AM

We have travelled back and forth with insulin and certain meds my husband takes and have had no issues from Canada, into the USA and back and forth into Mexico. You can buy Advil here!
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