Paracetamol in Spain

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Can I seek the advice of any expats in Spain (or anyone that knows :) ) about buying Paracetamol in Spain?
I understand that they are only available in Farmacias but seem to think that they may be available by a generic name. We bought some in the Canary Isles a few years ago by showing the UK packet and they seemed quite expensive.
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The Nomad

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Yes. I have never seen paracetamol for sale anywhere else other than a Farmacia in Spain.
But they are freely available in all Farmacias all across the country, and we have never had any silly limits on how many you can buy at one visit.

Also the sizes of the tablets are often a lot bigger than the little ones which are all you can buy in Britain, often 500mg or more per tabletin Spain....so be careful how much you are taking at once.
I would say price per mg is actually roughly equivalent to that in the UK for the basic non branded packets, given the normally substantially bigger size of the actual tablets.

As in Britain there are various brand names, one of the popular ones is "Efferalgan", but all are in reality simply paracetamol, and you only need ask for "paracetamol del precio barato"... cheaply priced paracetamol.
 
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I use Xumadol 1g ( 1000mg) Box of 40 powder sachets about 3,50€ If I remember correctly.

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Do take care that regardless of the strength the dose of 4g per day should not be exceeded. Paracetamol is very safe at correct dosage but can be fatal in quite modest overdosage, (liver toxicity) hence its control in most countries.
 
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Ask for generic and they are cheap but they can be 1g per tablet so as others have said just be careful, you don't want to muddle them with any of your 500mg ones from home.
 

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Just as a slight aside, we have bought the most magnificent pain killers in france in the pharmacie.
Codeine and something and the only thing to stop horrendous toothache.
We bought some more to bring back but cant remember the name. just keep pointing to your tooth and make out youre in a lot of pain and they bring them out

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Just as an aside @namwaldog all things here are usually only sold where they shoud be. I.e, you won't get drugs ,painkillers. etc ; in supermatkets only the Farmácia , the same as they won't be selling cigarettes, newspapers, etc.
 

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Keep your eyes out for our 'van in Spain.
The older we get, the more our wagon becomes a Drugs Den on wheels.
 
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Thanks for all your replies. Just stocked up at the Farmacia at €0.67 for a pack of 20 tablets 500mg each.
Thanks again

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Out of interest can you buy gees linctus in Spain or France?

It’s not available here in the U.K. anymore I’m guessing due to the very low amount of opiate.

It was the only thing that used to sort me out over night :)
 

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Be careful with codeine stuff it can be addictive and bung you up too!

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