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Old February 17th, 2009, 12:16 AM
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I hope this question is not too stupid. If you travel to Mexico you can buy many common drugs at their pharmacies that you need a prescription for in the states. Can you buy these medicines from pharmacies in the Caribbean? I take some meds that are kind of pricy and am wondering if I can buy them while I am there.
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I hope this question is not too stupid. If you travel to Mexico you can buy many common drugs at their pharmacies that you need a prescription for in the states. Can you buy these medicines from pharmacies in the Caribbean? I take some meds that are kind of pricey and am wondering if I can buy them while I am there.
It depends on the type of medication. Most Schedule 1 and 2 drugs are not allowed to be sold OTC. There are a number of antibiotics and non-narcotic, non-barbiturate drugs that can be obtained.

On my last cruise to Mexico, in November, I forgot my Xalatan (Glaucoma eye drops) and was able to obtain it for $20. That was less than my co-pay at home.

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Old February 17th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Actually looking for Retin -A. Not sure of the class.

Should have added it is a cream for my face.
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Not certain about Mexico but I think you can purchase prescriptions at pharmacies. Belize, however, is THE place for that!
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Thanks straw. I know you can get it in Mexico but we are going to the Caribbean.
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I think the point is which ports in the Caribbean? Different islands have different governments, so to help you out, we need to know where you are going.
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Sorry. We will be doing the Crown Princess cruising to the Eastern Caribbean. St Thomas, St Maarten, Princess Cays,
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I doubt that you will even have an opportunity to shop for pharmaceuticals of any kind. St. Thomas is US territory, Princess Cay is owned or leased by the cruise line, and St. Maarten is Dutch, if my memory is correct (not a dependable assumption). In any case, so far as I have ever seen, it is only Mexico and Belize, maybe Honduras who have this kind of option.
So, forget about rx's and take my prescription instead.....HAVE FUN!
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Thanks Marty. This is our first cruise and I am sure we will have a great time. I will worry about my Rx's later.
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That's the way to go. It's a vacation....better than any blood pressure med of any kind, just for example!

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