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Hi folks,

I take 2 pills everyday and need to know if I'll be able to get them in Portugal. If I'll have trouble, I need to bring a stockpile of them with me when we go in April. Any suggestions on how to get in touch with a chemist/pharmacist or other professional who can advise me?

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Hello @jordan_zimmerman

This will depend on whether you can buy the pills over the counter or you need a prescription from a GP. 

Assuming it's the latter, I recommend you bring a small supply to give you time to register with a GP when you get here. Thereafter, you should have no problem getting the pills you need in Portugal.

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@gerry One of them, Valdoxan, is unique. The other I'm sure I can get. Does anyone know a chemist I can confirm with?

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I am sure other members can contribute but meanwhile, here's one suggestion Jordan:

https://www.afarmaciaonline.pt/valdoxan-25-mg-x-28-comp-revest.html

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@gerry that's fantastic. So, that tells me I can get it in PT. Wonderful.

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Wow - it's 1/2 the price that it is here in Panama. Nice.

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Glad I could help 😊 

Good luck with the move in April.

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Jordan, Prescription medications are a tiny fraction of the cost here that they are in the US. I take 15 medications every day and an injection action once a week for my rheumatoid arthritis. In the US, the injection alone was $4,000 a month and the others were nearly $600 per month. Over here I pay less than   100 euros a month and that includes the injection. Now over-the-counter drugs are a different story. They are very expensive here compared to what we pay in the US. In the US you can get a huge bottle of Tylenol, 500mg/ tablet, either 500 or 1000 tablets for $4-5 dollars depending on the store. Over here it comes in a blister pack, about 24 tablets will cost 20 euros. Plain, coated baby aspirin is the same, very expensive. I am lactose intolerant so I take lactalose if I eat or drink anything with milk in it. Lactasose enzyme here is about 20 times the cost of a bottle of generic in the US. I suspect the disparity is because there are govt. price controls on prescription drugs here. 

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@peggyl So are OTC meds cheaper over the border in Spain or is best to stock up with long expiration date drugs from the US?

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@bert

Not positive about Spain bc I have not been there for several years and I always travel with OTC meds. Hubby says best to bring a supply 2 x what you think you will need until you visit the US again or until you have someone come visit you. You need a dear friend like I have who is going to bring me Charmin extra soft and win a place in my heart forever. 😀 😍 😎 

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@peggyl ha ha thanks

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@peggyl, generic paracetamol/acetaminophen, ie generic Tylenol, costs just 1.25 euros for a blister pack of 24 tablets from Portuguese online pharmacies. With a bit of searching you might find the other items too.

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@vianina

thanks. I didn't realize there were Pt. on-line pharmacies

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