Paracetamols in Europe

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  1. Decker

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    Are parcetamol caplets freely available to buy in Europe eg. Lidl and Aldi like they are here?
     
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    Yes but not under that generic name
     
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    And more expensive
     
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    Do you think it is ok to take enough with us for three months?
    Egypt springs to mind!
     
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    In a motorhome , in Europe you'll be fine with a large supply of paracetamol, ibuprofen etc. I used to take half a pharmacy back to France. Was once charged €6 for a pack of paracetamol ( and that's going back a few years)
     
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    Paracetamol have nothing in them that would class as a controlled substance so cause no problems. It was Tramadol which is a prescription only medication in the UK that caused problems being brought into Egypt. Would quite understandably do the same elsewhere.

    Also if you buy paracetamol and codeine tablets that could cause difficulties in some countries without a prescription. North Africa, Turkey and Greece come to mind.

    I haven't seen paracetamol in Lidl in Spain but if you buy it in the pharmacy ask for generico and it will be a lot cheaper. Just keep an eye on the packaging as you sometimes get 1g tablets instead of the 500mg that we're used to in the UK. I wouldn't want you taking double the dose!

    I must admit I build up a supply of paracetamol and ibuprofen from home before we go as it's much cheaper. I just got caught out on our last trip when Nick's joints seemed to fall apart in sequence!
     
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    All I can tell you is that SWMBO has her own Drugs need, we took them to Spain every winter for some years without issue. We often had in excess of a 4 Month supply. including 500`s of paracetamol, and even Tramadol. However we always carried her medical record and her Drug list. and the purposes for which each drug was required. We did this too for the 5 years or more we went to the USA, again without any issue. BTW, Paracetamol is NOT available in the US.
     
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    In the USA they call paracetamol acetaminophen or Tylenol, ibuprophen is commonly called Advil.
     
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    Be aware that you can only get limited stock even in a supermarket. Something like 2 packs, so if you plan to take a stock you may need to visit shops several times.
     
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    2 packs of 16 tablets Steve but us ladies who spend our days shopping and knitting can stock up on enough to poison most of you chaps in a very short time! I have found that if you take the bulky side effect leaflet out you can then sqeeze 32 tablets into each box to save space.
     
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    Yes
    We have been building up our stock for a while but taking over 80 boxes looks a bit daunting
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    Now now !! We are doing our own poisoning with beer thank you very much :D
     
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    Bought 500mg packet 24 @1.39 in Algarve pharmacy
     
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    We where advised that Tylenol, is (their) preferred alternative, (my DIL who lives in Texas uses it for "ladies" needs, but prefers Paracetamol, SWMBO often leaves behind what she has "spare") but was not actually the same composition, and not as effective?. I do know about ibuprphen/advil. Again it is not exactly the same composition drug? so I am informed.
     
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    It's good to have some price comparisons. Those sorts of prices are fine if you just take them occasionally but if you take them regularly it soon adds up compared with 20p for 16 in Wilko at the moment for caplets. They're nice and smooth as well. I only take them occasionally but I'm a wimp!
     
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    It is one of those misconceptions like people insisting that Panadol is much more effective than paracetamol, the placebo effect if you like. They are chemically identical.
     
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    The only thing I can think of is that the size of the tabletis different as we use an a dose of 1g for an adult in UK and Europe. The active ingredient in both is N-acetyl-para-aminophenol and the americans chose one name as their generic and we chose another. This has happened many times. So far this one hasn't changed to the american version. Whilst I find this fascinating I expect no-one else on the entire forum does!
     
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    A bit like rubbing something on your skin to help joint pain never found it helps
     
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    Yes all pharmacy's sell the generic paracetamol at about a euro a packet.. Paracetamol themselves are expensive..
     
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    I know what you mean, I can see how the gels might penetrate enough to relieve inflammation in tendons like tennis elbow where they are within 1cm of the surface. However when they show them relieving pain in hips, knees and in low backs where they are unlikely to have even penetrated the flab I just laugh.

    That reminds me though, the ibuprofen gel that we got in Benidorm was
    50mg/g gel which isn't even available on prescription here so that did help Nick's elbow, I was worried his skin might fall off but it was ok!
     
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