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#1 kc5tng

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 02:11 PM

A buddy of mine recently was on a cruise to cozumel and bought some Z-packs and supposedly some Viagra too at what he called the "Duty Free Pharmacy" located on or near the cruise ship docks.  Anyone know this place and can you get Viagra, Ibuprofen and Z-Packs without prescriptions or do you need to take your scrips with you?


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 02:37 PM

Everything in Cozumel is duty-free...

 

As far as I know, ibuprofen is available without prescription world-wide. I know it is in the US and in Mexico.

 

Sildenafil (of which one brand is Viagra) is available without prescription in Mexico. Be aware that roughly half of what is sold worldwide labeled as sildenafil is mislabeled. I would only buy at a real pharmacy (of which there are many on the island), not any place that claims to be "duty-free".

 

All antibiotics including azithromycin (of which one brand is Z-Pak) require a prescription in Mexico. A US prescription will work just as well as a Mexican prescription would work in the US (not at all). You can probably get some without a prescription, but why use a pharmacy that you know is willing to break the law? That's not a pharmacy I would trust.

 

In general, the more a business depends on cruise customers, the more it will never have to answer to a disgruntled customer returning to the business to complain. 

 

In general, pharmaceutical prices in Mexico are not bargains compared to the US. If you have a legitimate need for azithromycin, why not just get it at home?


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 12:29 PM

I was under the impression that Cipro (Ciproflaxocin, an antibotic very effective on most gastroentestinal bugs, including gram negative E. Coli) was sold in Mexico without a Prescription. I know that I have purchased both Cipro and Soma (Carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant with somnolent effects) without prescriptions in Cozumel, both at the Pharmacy at the Southeast corner of the Plaza. While Carisoprodol is not really dangerous on its own, except that constant use can lead to physical addiction (i never take it more than once or twice a week for relief of back spasms), it can be very dangerous in combination with other drugs; it should not be used in combination with Zolpidem (Ambien) or with any opiates, which is why the FDA put it on Schedule IV of its controlled substance schedules in 2012. If you are going to buy and use drugs available OTC in Mexico, at least be smart enough to check the PDR for contraindications and dangerous drug interactions.
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:57 PM

Prescription is now needed for antibiotics. Most pharmacies have a doc who will give you a script for a nominal fee as long as you need the antibiotic. I needed Cipro two years ago and needed a prescription.
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 03:44 PM

I was under the impression that ... Ciproflaxocin ... was sold in Mexico without a Prescription

 

Ciprofloxacin might well be obtainable without a prescription, but not legally. It's an antibiotic. Mexican law requires a prescription to dispense antibiotics. This is a reasonable and necessary public health measure, as misuse of antibiotics (are you really going to culture your own sample and run a gram stain and sensitivities?) endangers everyone, including those who don't use antibiotics.

 

Muscle relaxants such as carisoprodol and cyclobenzaprine aren't scheduled in the US because of any interactions risks. They're scheduled because of their likelihood of being abused and addictive.


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:45 PM

Well, I don't know generally, but I bumped into the pharmacy next to Wet Wendy's in September for the missus and nabbed a Z pack without issue.  It was like 10 pm.  I was surprised they were open.  (Hey, before you start, I agree on the antibiotic thing, but she is immuno-suppressed and that is what Rhuemy says to do when she is hacking funny colors....)  And I did administer Rockin Java chicken soup first without improvement.


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