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Buying medicines over the counter in France, Spain and Portugal

Discussion in 'CONTINENTAL TOURING' started by PenelopePitstop, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. PenelopePitstop

    PenelopePitstop Funster

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    We're hopefully off to the warmer climes of France, Spain and Portugal at the end of October and are trying to organise prescription medicines for 6 months.
    Our GP practice won't give more than 3 months prescriptions - any more and it will have to be a private prescription. A bit annoying when Rex has a Pre-Payment cert for 12 months!:Sad: Would it be cheaper to buy them abroad?

    Has anyone any experience of buying the following medicines over the counter in any of these countries?

    Verapamil Hydrochloride ( Univer 240mg)
    Doxazosin ( Cardura XL 8mg)
    Bendroflumethiazide 2.5mg
    Simvastatin 40mg

    Would really appreciate some advice on this - I'm sure Rex isn't the only MHFunster with high blood pressure!!! :Rofl1:

    All part of our steep learning curve!!!! :Wink::Wink:

    Looking forward to your replies.

    Marie :Laughing::Laughing:
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    Its a pity you left the bag of medicines on the bus going home:Doh:,you will have to go back for another lot now:Wink:
    Geo
  3. johnsandywhite

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    :Cool: Although Sandy has the same 12 month prescription pre-paid and I don't have to pay, we as you say can only get 3 months as a time. Sandy suffers from high blood pressure and has taken HRT and other drugs besides. We have never had a problem buying drugs over the counter.
    However. If your Doctor (GP if you wish?) would give you a prescription? You could take it to a Doctor here in Spain and he would then prescribe them for you. :Wink:
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    Good thinking Geo!! :Rofl1::Rofl1:
    There am I trying to do everything properly!! :Doh:

    Thanks
    Marie
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    Thanks John that's very helpful.
    As you no doubt remember that first long trip abroad is full of ifs and buts to keep you awake at night ( at least that's what I tell Rex when I don't get up till 10am!!:Rofl1:)
    All part of the learning curve!! Just hope we don't fall off it!:Eeek:

    Marie
  6. RockieRV

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    When I was in France few weeks ago, I tried to buy antibiotics and ear drops over the counter. Good job the symptoms were not life threatening..... I wasn't able to buy anything without going to a French hospital to see a doctor, apparently.
  7. vanessa

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    No help for this time, but how about stock-piling ahead of your next trip? I'm sure doctors don't keep THAT close a check on how much you order, for most drugs at any rate.
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    :Cool: To put it in the correct vernacular? It's the Trials and Tribulations. :Rofl1:

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