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Prescription in Mexico

If we are taking metformin, blood pressure pills, testosterone patches, how do we get those in Mexico?

The best way is to see a Mexican doctor and get them prescribed by him.

Since I see you take some pills for diabetes then you wouldn't be eligible to IMSS but proprely Seguro popular in both cases you would be check by a physician and normally pills are covered no cost.

My wife and I are covered by IMSS since October 2017 (annual premium for both was 15000$ based on age). We see the physician one a month and received all pills free, every 6 months there is a blood test done free, up to now very good service,  free transportation to other IMSS clinics within the state, etc...

Adios y buen dia a todos, GyC.

I am in Mexico today and.....
I have purchased insulin (Tresiba Pen) and Metformin without a prescription in Cancun yesterday with no problem. Gk

Thank you. What was the cost in pesos or US

The insulin pin was Approx $35 USD AND 50 tablets of 850 mg Metformin was $7.

Gdkeeth :

The insulin pin was Approx $35 USD AND 50 tablets of 850 mg Metformin was $7.

Out of curiosity, did you show your prescription pill bottle or box ?

No I just showed them my debit card
Ha ha but true

Gdkeeth :

No I just showed them my debit card
Ha ha but true

So drugs usually have directions for taking of those drugs. Did they just give you a box and a bottle and say have at it ?
Both drugs are individualized, and both have potential to be quite dangerous, so just handing them over seems odd. Yet apparently it is not regulated, which would mean you can just buy it. A scary idea indeed. Diabetus not required, I will try not to think about it.

I assume you already take same meds prior to going to MX, so the dose is something you already know about.

Gdkeeth :

I assume you already take same meds prior to going to MX, so the dose is something you already know about.

No, I don't take drugs at all. I have just given them, and monitored the effects, it was my job for many years.
If you can easily just get a drug OTC, and do as you please with it, it would be  concern of mine. I know syringes are easily obtained. So if the drug can be obtained and the method of administration can be obtained without a doctor's order or overlook it is worrisome in general. Hopefully Mexico realizes that in the near future.

No offense meant but I think you are overthinking this.
I think it would be extremely rare that anyone would buy a medication that their Dr didn’t initially prescribe for them. How else would they know what to ask for without seeing a dr first.
In my case I would not have known to buy insulin or metformin if my Dr didn’t make me aware of them in the first place.

Sorry Gdkeeth,

Was amazed at the potential risk and got a bit too medical. :offtopic:
Some People do self medicate.

I'm sure you have some sort of direction from your doctor. The original topic was about can you get medications . So the answer would seem to be it depends on where in Mexico , and what medication. I couldn't get dental cleaner for jewelry cleaning in the  Merida post although it is not a drug, or dangerous. I know of someone whose friend was trying to get his friends seizure meds to her, and he was arrested.

So caution, and a prescription would both be general good ideas.

good luck! even tho insulin, which i use, is available over the counter in CIUDAD JUAREZ, i find it much cheaper than trying to buy in texas. WALGREENS, quoted me a $200 per vial price where i can buy at S-MART or SORIANAS for under $30. other items r not available.prescription nor non- prescription r the same price. u can order mail order some meds from USA. mexico simply does not have many diabetic supplies. i order my ONE TOUCH ULTRA METER STRIPS thru AMAZON FAR CHEAPER THAN AT MEXICAN PHARMACIES. it is all hit and miss a lot cheaper than state side diabetic supply marts. so examine AMAZON before u buy.

I, too, have a question about Rx medication. I've lived in SMA for over one year and I'm so frustrated. I have chronic migraines due to PTSD. I had been getting relief with Fioricet when I lived in the States. It never occurred to (nor do I understand why) it's not available in Mexico. While it's not an opiate, it is a controlled substance. I was utterly shocked that my doctor prescribed Oxycontin!
Has anyone else had this issue? I'm so troubled  (and guilt-ridden!) that I am taking the Oxycontin, and completely confused by the fact that I cannot find Fioricet. I know that my option is to fly up to my doctor in the States and get and prescription. I no longer have insurance in the U.S., so it's completely out of the question financially.
Thank you in advance for any advice you may have.
J

DivaJulia :

I, too, have a question about Rx medication. I've lived in SMA for over one year and I'm so frustrated. I have chronic migraines due to PTSD. I had been getting relief with Fioricet when I lived in the States. It never occurred to (nor do I understand why) it's not available in Mexico. While it's not an opiate, it is a controlled substance. I was utterly shocked that my doctor prescribed Oxycontin!
Has anyone else had this issue? I'm so troubled  (and guilt-ridden!) that I am taking the Oxycontin, and completely confused by the fact that I cannot find Fioricet. I know that my option is to fly up to my doctor in the States and get and prescription. I no longer have insurance in the U.S., so it's completely out of the question financially.
Thank you in advance for any advice you may have.
J

I would suggest you see a doctor here, Oxy is the primary drug involved in the drug addiction problem in the U.S. you want to get help to carefully get off of that.

I think you may have misunderstood. My doctor here in Mexico prescribed the Oxycontin. I was shocked. The medication I took back in the States is what I cannot obtain. Much less scary. I am puzzled by the fact the  doctor here in Central Mexico suggested opiates right off the bat.

Who ever prescribed it , where ever it was prescribed, it is the same agenda as what caused the opioid mess. Find a different doctor.

There are a number of medications that are not available in Mexico. They just don't stock them because there is no call for them.
Fioricet often contains both tylenol and codeine, so to be fair, the doctor may have felt you were looking for a drug like that, so he replaced it with the closest thing he had available.

You might look for alternatives here.   http://migravent.com/blog/natural-migra … ug-deaths/     Also HTC oil has more recently been legalized for medical problems.

Buena suerte

Hi:  I would like to get IMSS coverage also but don't know where to start.  We're moving to PV on July 1, 2018.   Any hints/advice?

Thanks

Just go to Walmart or any of the fine pharmacies like Guadalajara and Ahorro.  You don't need a prescription for most medicines.  Some names change, and they are more into generics, but just show you bottles.  It's helpful if you do visit a doctor and have a prescription, then there is no misunderstanding.  Then the next time you can just bring their bottles back and show them.   Although they don't have everything, I recommend Farmacias Similares, where there is a doctor on staff most times.  See http://www.banderasnews.com/0605/hb-far … ilares.htm

With all due respect, the Fioricet I took in the US did NOT contain codeine.

This is just becoming so troubling, bordering on helplessness, I am feeling hopeless.

- Julia

DivaJulia :

With all due respect, the Fioricet I took in the US did NOT contain codeine.

This is just becoming so troubling, bordering on helplessness, I am feeling hopeless.

- Julia

Have you thought about contacting the doctor who gave you the original script, (the one in the U.S.) and seeking advice about an alternative ? or talking with the doctor here about a Marijuana based alternative. People in the U.S. have had good success with that option.
As for your doctor here, as I suggested he may not have known that your form of the drug was without codeine. Did you show him the pill bottle ?

As long as you have ways to go and questions you can ask you are not helpless.

Fioricet is a brand name consisting of a combination of butalbital (a barbiturate), acetaminophen and caffeine which is indicated for the treatment of tension headaches, muscle contraction headaches and post-dural puncture headaches. Although not indicated, they are commonly used to treat migraines and other pain related ailments.

Have you taken the above to the doctor? He may not be familiar with the compound in Fioricet. Or, it may be known by a different name in Mexico. Also, try different pharmacies. As folks have stayed in other posts, not every pharmacy has the same products.

Don’t give up.

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