Buying medicines over the counter in France, Spain and Portugal

PenelopePitstop

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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!!! :ROFLMAO:

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

Looking forward to your replies.

Marie :roflmto::roflmto:
 

Geo

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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:winky:
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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. :winky:
 
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PenelopePitstop

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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!!:ROFLMAO:)
All part of the learning curve!! Just hope we don't fall off it!:Eeek:

Marie
 
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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.
 
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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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