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bellybutton
February 17th, 2008, 08:46 PM
What US prescription drugs have you picked up in Belize over the counter without an prescription??

bigred08046
February 18th, 2008, 01:24 PM
Antibiotics, ED meds (celias, ******, etc.) vaniqua, no narcs though.

moopigsdad
February 20th, 2008, 12:10 PM
You can get Darvocet, Vicoden, Xanax and Valium without a perscription in Belize.

JustStartin
February 21st, 2008, 10:34 PM
Do you have to go outside the fence in Belize to find a pharmacy or do they have any inside the fence?

Thanks in advance for any help!

JustStartin
February 21st, 2008, 10:38 PM
Sorry double post.

moopigsdad
February 23rd, 2008, 08:59 AM
Inside the fence. I was able to get a tube of Retin A (for acne and wrinkles) for $15!

bellybutton
February 23rd, 2008, 09:07 AM
Inside the fence. I was able to get a tube of Retin A (for acne and wrinkles) for $15!

I picked up a couple of tubes of that a couple of years ago when we were in Belize. We just didn't have time to look around to see what else was offered.

clackey
February 23rd, 2008, 09:51 AM
We picked up ampicillin in Coz, PDC and Belize. I also saw a sign in Belize advertising Viagara 30 for $90 or 1 for $4. Since you only need 1/2 pill, that is $2 a pop. ;) I did the math.

I love this country!!

mush71
February 23rd, 2008, 12:53 PM
Ok I am new to this buying meds in Cozumel but would like to check it out. Do you have problems getting back on the ship or getting off in the US with the meds?

sandytoes57
February 29th, 2008, 08:36 AM
Does anyone know if the pharmacy in Belize is open on Sunday? :confused:

FoolUKnot
February 29th, 2008, 09:30 PM
I would think it would be open anytime a cruise ship was in port.

Zydecocruiser has some pictures at the pharmacy on his website:
http://www.zydecocruiser.com/valor_06/BE/pharm/pharm.htm

reno3
March 19th, 2008, 07:10 PM
My son was just given a prescription for Benzaclin (it's for acne).
It is a cream.
Does anyone know if I can get this in Belize?
We had it filled but I have two refills.
Our cost is $30.00 per perscription.
I looked at the pictures in the previous post and did not see it on any of the signs.

dem1958
March 20th, 2008, 09:48 PM
Are these safe and real? I thought I saw Meridia in there. Here it costs $125.00 for 30 of them.

Rochesterboatingdotcom
March 26th, 2008, 07:11 PM
My wife buying drugs in Belize - much cheaper than Cozumel and no problem getting back on the ship. This place is right in the terminal when you get off the tender.

http://thumb19.webshots.net/t/62/562/1/32/4/2252132040035125439RBjhNp_th.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2252132040035125439RBjhNp)

nolaAlive
March 26th, 2008, 08:23 PM
In general, I think most of what they sell are generic formulas of the name brand stuff. As an example, Meridia is a brand name for sibutramine and sibutramine is what they probably sell, which is why it costs less.

flowerchild
March 27th, 2008, 03:03 PM
I got Xanax and some very strong diet pills back in 2002.

As a slightly older and wiser person now, I would not recommend buying prescription drugs that are not prescribed for you. The diet pills caused a personality change and brought on symptoms of depression. My dr told me that they can even bring on dementia. Never again. I'd rather be chubby.

The pharmacy I went to was run by an American and was located in the port "mall"

graceinga
March 30th, 2008, 05:29 PM
I found several medications we take via prescription in those pictures and the prices are much better than here in the states. Do we know if it is legal to buy them? Any problems getting back on ship or through Customs?

shm6
April 2nd, 2008, 09:24 AM
I purchased Retin A for $10 inside the fence in Belize. I had just purchased it in Texas for $125.

reno3
April 2nd, 2008, 03:57 PM
I purchased Retin A for $10 inside the fence in Belize. I had just purchased it in Texas for $125.

What is Retin A used for:confused:

stephuney
April 4th, 2008, 10:00 PM
Does anyone know if the pharmacies in Belize sell the blood pressure medicine called Atenolol?

stephuney
April 4th, 2008, 10:47 PM
What is Retin A used for:confused:

Acne and scars

nolaAlive
April 4th, 2008, 10:53 PM
and wrinkles

cheeseheads1
April 7th, 2008, 08:31 AM
Since this is generic it can be purchased cheaply here. If you go to Walmart or Target you can purchase it for $4 per RX. I do not know if you will save that much based on that price.

stephuney
April 8th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Since this is generic it can be purchased cheaply here. If you go to Walmart or Target you can purchase it for $4 per RX. I do not know if you will save that much based on that price.

Oh wow ... I didnt know it was that cheap ... my dad needs it and his medical insurance just dropped, so I thought I would check it out while I was there.

nolaAlive
April 8th, 2008, 10:45 PM
Always check prices before you go. $4 prescriptions in the US are typically for a 30 day supply. Drugstore.com is another one you can use. Of course, to purchase in the US requires a valid prescription.

cheeseheads1
April 10th, 2008, 01:53 PM
No Problem. I find ways for my patients to get their RX meds all the time. There are also a lot of internet options through companies too. Check out Needymeds.com for more info. There are others. I just figured that for 30 days 4 dollars is not to bad by comparison of many others.

AtoZgirl
April 11th, 2008, 10:35 PM
anyone know if they sell any types of birth control?

AtoZgirl
April 11th, 2008, 10:35 PM
anyone know if they sell any types of birth control?

In2why
April 15th, 2008, 12:12 AM
anyone know if they sell any types of birth control?


I am sorry but this made me laugh. There are a lot of prescriptions I might get from Belize.....but Birth Control. Nope. If there are any pills that I want to make sure are 100% right with zero doubts on expiration, strength, etc. Birth Control would be at the top of my list. If Retin-A doesn't work you get a pimple or a wrinkle.....if the magic pills don't work you don't get as "high"....but if the Birth Contol pills don't work you get a baby. :eek:

whartman
April 29th, 2008, 08:05 PM
we will be in Belize the first week in July...and we were interested in purchasing some of the prescription drugs...Does anyone know if there is a problem in customs? I see that everyone says it shouldnt be a problem loading onto the ship..

lindslea
May 22nd, 2008, 12:46 AM
I purchased generic Ambien last time I was in Belize, as well as some acne medication that worked very well on my son. My mother purchased atenolol. We had no problems bringing them back to the U.S.

Here is something interesting, though. We cruised to Mexico in April and I purchased Retin-A and Bactiban. Both RX's in the US. When I went through customs at the Port of Galveston, the officer specifically asked me if I had purchased any medications from other countries. He was not talking about illegal drugs (which is probably what my barely teenagers thought during the questioning!) I told him about the Retin A and Bactriban. He asked me if I was sure I had not purchased anything else and I said yes. That was the end of the questioning. I did not have the nerve to ask him what would have happened if I had purchased anything else. He was nice about it but a little pushy. My guess is that anything considered a controlled substance in the US might have gotten me in trouble. But what about things like BP meds and antibiotics that are sold all over the place in Mexico? I think what is controlled in Mexico is also controlled here. But that is not the case with Central America.

I am curious to know if anyone has had a similar experience recently with customs or if anyone is familiar with the rules/law on bringing back medications. Apparently customs is cracking down on bringing back some meds but I'm not sure exactly what.

cuyahoga11
May 23rd, 2008, 11:01 PM
I am sorry but this made me laugh. There are a lot of prescriptions I might get from Belize.....but Birth Control. Nope. If there are any pills that I want to make sure are 100% right with zero doubts on expiration, strength, etc. Birth Control would be at the top of my list. If Retin-A doesn't work you get a pimple or a wrinkle.....if the magic pills don't work you don't get as "high"....but if the Birth Contol pills don't work you get a baby. :eek:

I just choked on my coffee. You are so right there.

Brenda Bell
May 24th, 2008, 06:26 PM
So you have to have a empty rx. bottles to refill on your meds in order to get back on the ship if its a contolled substance? What if its not a controlled substance like nexium is it safe?

Winkskitty
May 26th, 2008, 07:21 PM
I was in Belize earlier in the month. Had no problem getting them off the boat. I heard somewhere that aarp lobbied the government to be nice to senior bringing back reasonable amounts of prescription drugs for personal use. I got off the boat with the pills in my fanny pack. Most pills were either in small ziplock bags or packaged in the sample type package the DR gives you. I brought old prescription bottles to store the pills in ,looked less shady. generic cealis for 4$ a pill where you gonna find a deal like that. My humble opion is if there would be a problem bring things back to usa I am sure that during the island shop talk carnival would have said something. (Folks in jail aren't likely to cruise again till at least there time has been served:)) The only drug warning I have ever heard from carnival was if you buy illegal drug dog sniffing kind on an island you should use'em or lose'em before getting off the boat. As for the issue in regards to expiration dates I figure with all the ships that stop in that port would a store sell outdated stuff and risk there Business with thousands of potential shoppers from each ship that stops there? As for myself I will be stopping there again next time I get back there. There were actually 3 pharmacy's there prices seemed comparable. MY only regret was Chantex was not available:(

cruzorbust
June 16th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Just returned from Carnival Legend and daughter's friend bought some Xanax and Viocodin at the pharmacy at the dock. No problems with doing this but upon re-entering the ship the friend was asked to empty pockets. We are not sure why they asked this because the security alarm did not go off - but he thinks it was because they saw him pull out his sign and sail card from his cargo shorts (with the big pockets). He handed security the brown paper bag with the pills in it - he didn't think there was any problem with having them since they sell it right at the dock - I think it was the second store in the shopping area when you get off the ship - so not like it is hidden location or anything. So, security started questioning them and made them go to his cabin where they searched their belongings and questioned them about what they bought at each of the ports. They found another prescription that the friend takes - a real prescription that he brought from home - and made him go to the infirmary to meet with the doctor to determine if the pills in the bottle actually were what they were supposed to be. In the end, they confiscated the Viocodin but let him keep the Xanax. Don't know why they didn't take both? We thought all was over but when we arrived back in Tampa, upon exiting the ship and putting the sign and sail card into the machine - an alarm sounded and security came over and escorted him off the ship and took him to a customs officer. The officer asked us what we needed and we said nothing - so he let us go get our luggage. Again, thought it was over, but when going through customs, they collected all of our passports and made us go behind a big screen - while the customs agents put on blue rubber gloves. I was getting pretty worried now! Then, we placed all of our luggage on a table and the agents asked the friend if he wanted to tell all of us why we were there? Of course, we all knew. The friend explained what had happened and said he didn't know and that he had turned over the drugs to the security people on the ship. The customs agents let us go - and we were relieved. We still wonder why the agent was actually looking for the friend - since they stopped us while showing passports - so his name must have been on a list. After all of this, I will say that if he had not gotten stuff out of his pocket - security might not have asked him to empty his pockets and none of this would have happened. I went into the pharmacy but did not buy anything - and no one stopped me or asked me to empty my bag or my pockets. So, just be aware that this could happen.

lindslea
June 17th, 2008, 01:05 AM
Wow! We were questioned by customs but that's all. It's really vague to me what the laws are. I think most people are probably purchasing a limited amount of medication for personal use. I felt like I was being treated like a criminal when we were questioned. I guess the people doing the questioning have good medical insurance and don't have to worry about what prescriptions cost in the US.

kgerkin
June 17th, 2008, 07:08 PM
Does someone know what exactly the law is? My husband takes several medications and we have prescriptions for all of them. Definitely dont want to break the law but I have several co-workers that have bought their medications in Belize. If we have copies of valid prescriptions with refills will we be breaking any laws?

cruzorbust
June 17th, 2008, 08:26 PM
I don't know what the exact law is - but I do know that the security guards wanted to know if he had a valid prescription. I have a feeling if you have a paper prescription or regular prescription bottle with your name, dosage, etc., it might not be a problem?

murphysmum
June 18th, 2008, 01:08 AM
When entering the US with any controlled substance, it must be in it's original prescription bottle.

If you purchase controlled substances in Belize..or any other country...you should be fine as long as you have a valid prescription with a current date from your prescribing physician. It's best to have the pharmacist label it as a filled prescription, just as you would get in the US.

Without the prescription, as far as Customs is concerned, you are simply bringing illegal drugs into the US.

murphysmum;)

kgerkin
June 18th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Thanks for the info. He goes to the dr a few weeks before our trip so I was just going to make a copy of the rx that his doc gives him. One med is for high cholesterol and the other is Ambien. However, I've never seen the inside of a jail and I have no desire to do so, so I thought I'd better ask. I'm glad you posted this on here. I would have thought nothing of buying anything and bringing it on the ship. When they sell the stuff over the counter my naive mind would have thought it was legal.

dgack1
June 19th, 2008, 11:28 PM
Does anyone know if the pharmacies in Belize sell the blood pressure medicine called Atenolol?

Hey check out your walmart...at ours you can get a 30 day supply for $4.00, with or without insurance.

Enjoy your cruise...I will be waiting for your review:p

ChrisM444
September 30th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Does anyone know if Accutane is available in Belize?
Thanks

cool change
October 2nd, 2008, 12:11 AM
Wow, after reading all of this it seems that I should bring my prescriptions bottles on shore if planning to buy from the pharmacy there. Does anyone else think this is necessary because its more to carry? I will have prescriptions bottles in my stateroom for whatever I buy.

NancyChgo
October 8th, 2008, 10:33 PM
I am sorry but this made me laugh. There are a lot of prescriptions I might get from Belize.....but Birth Control. Nope. If there are any pills that I want to make sure are 100% right with zero doubts on expiration, strength, etc. Birth Control would be at the top of my list. If Retin-A doesn't work you get a pimple or a wrinkle.....if the magic pills don't work you don't get as "high"....but if the Birth Contol pills don't work you get a baby. :eek:
Absolutely you need to draw a line. I wouldn't risk buying B.C. pills outside of USA. Odds are good they'll be fine, it's the little/gnawing "but/what if" question - not worth it. I mean I'd never buy my mom's Diabetes medicine in another country; and I doubt I'd buy my blood pressure meds there either.

However, minor pain meds or non-harmful meds that are cheaper there... why not! I have a small list I plan to check out. I've also bought OTC aspirin that contained a small amount of codeine (about 1/5 of what's in a #2 codeine tab) both at a store and online. sometimes you want something 'just a little stronger' and it's not offered in the states.

And for asthmatics, they have Albuterol for $9. Not great, but better than where I live.

NancyChgo
October 8th, 2008, 11:00 PM
Wow, after reading all of this it seems that I should bring my prescriptions bottles on shore if planning to buy from the pharmacy there. Does anyone else think this is necessary because its more to carry? I will have prescriptions bottles in my stateroom for whatever I buy.
I'm only sharing opinions and a few experiences. Opinion: it's normal for people to go ashore with pills/and return with pills in their belongings. The only reason I can see to bring all your bottles onshore would be 'proof of prescription' for the pharmacy:confused:, which you don't need for OTC meds; If an actual prescription is necessary you need to know beforehand and bring it. All the signs posted on the post w/the pix seem to be for their OTC (over the counter) meds. After purchase, you put them in your purse or bag or pocket. Don't advertise and don't hide; it's a purchase. Onboard security is usually looking for booze and contraband. If they question your meds THEN you can get your bottles from your cabin and show them.

Bburg
January 25th, 2009, 08:30 PM
Anyone have any recent information on some prices for Ambien, Z-Pack or any other medicines available over the counter?

lindslea
January 25th, 2009, 09:08 PM
I bought generic ambien last month in Roatan and it was $22. US for a box of 10. It's probably about the same cost in Belize.

Bburg
January 26th, 2009, 08:44 PM
I bought generic ambien last month in Roatan and it was $22. US for a box of 10. It's probably about the same cost in Belize.

that seems a bit high for generic...i was hoping to find it cheaper

lindslea
January 26th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Good luck with that. I don't think you will find it for less than that at the port. You can always pay a taxi to take you around to pharmacies in town, but by the time you pay taxi fare, you would probably have been better off just paying the "tourist" price. It was around $80. a box in Mexico.

Bburg
March 11th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Just back from Belize. Zpack was $15, Ambien was 30 for $30. Better prices then we saw in Cozumel. I think I saw Vicodin at 100 for $50. Hope this helps. I had no problems or questions asked with bringing Zpack and Ambien in my checked luggage.

ndncruiser
May 14th, 2009, 12:40 PM
Has anyone tried the diet pills from the pharmacy in the port of Belize? just wondered if they work

vt2playa
May 25th, 2009, 11:29 PM
Is there a chance of being searched and having the meds you buy in belize confiscated? Just curious, why the ship security would have a problem with it. I understand US Customs would but a cruise ship normally is registered with some foreign country not the US.

NancyChgo
May 26th, 2009, 12:06 PM
The pharmacy was quite busy when I was there and I didn't see or hear of anyone being searched by ship personnel. Nobody bothered me either. Also, I was handed a flyer for the pharmacy right at the pier.

CherryAfterDark
May 26th, 2009, 12:53 PM
I just returned from a cruise Sunday where our last port of call was Belize. Customs was very strict when we came back into Miami and we waited a LONG time to get through it.

addicted to cruising
June 3rd, 2009, 03:44 PM
There is nothing illegal about bringing pharmacy items back into the states in reasonable amts.
However, I would do so with caution. As a veteran nurse and one who has shopped these pharmacys all over the world you must be smart in your purchase.
As stated here...they sell generic forms so you must know that name. Also watch that the dose is the same EX; if you take 40MG make sure your buying 40MG. I think overall the drugs are similar to what is dispenced in the US but there is no way of knowing so take that into consideration.
I certainly would not purchase birth control, cardiac, diabetes or seizure meds unless you have no other resources. Its fun to pick up a few things that you need a script for in the states but really unless you have no means for paying for your meds in the states you should think twice.
There is a reason the FDA has regulations and its to keep you safe, what you save here in medication may result in long term effects that cost you a mint down the road. Shop smart and with caution

maggiem
November 20th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Has anyone tried the diet pills from the pharmacy in the port of Belize? just wondered if they work

I too want an answer to this question

wadethegringo
November 20th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Been in Belize over a Year and as for my self and friends I have not heard of any meds not doing what is claimed. I have been on Belize Metformin for blood sugar. works fine.....still they are about the same price as Wal Mart would be in the states.

FloridaGators
November 21st, 2009, 11:47 AM
I buy amoxicillin 500mg in Cozumel @ $20 for 100 tablets. Sure has come in handy a couple of times.....abcessed tooth on a weekend.

NCTribeFan
December 2nd, 2009, 09:41 AM
DD has no insurance and cannot afford her Advair, which really concerns me. Sure, her albuterol helps, but I don't want her overusing that because the underlying chronic condition isn't being treated because we can't afford the $200+ for a 1-month inhaler. But since there's no generic, looks like we're out of luck. Maybe pick up a couple of albuterol inhalers is the best we can do.

I could use some Imitrex, but don't have a current prescription. I may see what it costs. It isn't a controlled substance, so maybe it wouldn't be taken away from me if I don't have a script bottle.

bonnys
December 2nd, 2009, 10:27 PM
Been in Belize over a Year and as for my self and friends I have not heard of any meds not doing what is claimed. I have been on Belize Metformin for blood sugar. works fine.....still they are about the same price as Wal Mart would be in the states.


I take a med for migraines that I haven't seen listed. Have you heard of Stadol or the generic form, Butorphanol, being an OTC there? Here, it is $80 per bottle and I use 2-3 per month...quite costly!

laxlove6
December 8th, 2009, 07:34 PM
has anybody seen percocets available? or endocets?

mfdds
January 4th, 2010, 05:19 PM
Can legal medications be purchased through the internet from the pharmacy in Belize?

Jaffa Steve
January 22nd, 2010, 06:55 AM
Diet pills work just like they do in the US.

But, frankly, they don't work long term in the US. You gain the weight back the minute you quit taking them.

If you are truely overweight/obese, go to Dr. Aceves in Mexicalli, Mexico and have him do a gastric sleeve on you. It will cost you 10,000 one time, and you will be at a normal weight the rest of your life.

wagzz21
January 23rd, 2010, 09:33 PM
has anybody seen percocets available? or endocets?

No. They have darvocet & vicodin, nothing stronger.

wagzz21
January 23rd, 2010, 09:35 PM
Can legal medications be purchased through the internet from the pharmacy in Belize?

You CAN purchase them on the internet from the pharmacy at the port, BUT I would hesitate to if it is for anything but things such as antibiotics because the delivery of narcotics which have not been prescribed to you via U.S. Mail is likely prohibited.

NancyChgo
January 23rd, 2010, 11:26 PM
You CAN purchase them on the internet from the pharmacy at the port, BUT I would hesitate to if it is for anything but things such as antibiotics because the delivery of narcotics which have not been prescribed to you via U.S. Mail is likely prohibited.
I've purchased from pharmacy in port, but have heard major issues on ANYthing ordered from same pharmacy via internet.

Jabee
January 24th, 2010, 11:47 PM
I always buy my Albuterol for asthman when I am in Mexico...but hear Beilize has some good prices.

They Salbuterol is the same medicine that used to be sold in the US, but becauuse the inhalents are supposedly bad for the enviroment Al Gore got the sale of them stopped in the US. But, they old version works so much better.

With insurance, I normally pay $10 a piece here in the US for the new version. Last trip we were in Calica and went to town and found them for 3 for $20. In Cozumel they sell for $10-$15 each...so much better deal to buy them elsewhere.,

Remeber...Cozumel is an island, so everything is shipped in, so if you have another port meds will probably be cheaper, such as Belize.

Mark&MaryAnn
January 25th, 2010, 02:51 PM
Remember...just because you can get some of these drugs (Vicodin, Codiene, Darocet, etc) without a prescription doesn't mean they won't show up on a drug screen. Think about it before you risk your job. If you show positive on a drug screen and don't have a prescription you'll have a major problem.

hvyhttr21
January 26th, 2010, 03:54 PM
Does anyone know if Accutane is available in Belize?
Thanks


Don't take Accutane...my girlfriend took it and now has ulcerated colitis and had to have her gall bladder removed. She now lives in fear that she will have a painful ulcer in her colon every day of her life...this is a COMMON side effect...and it took 6 years to manifest...

Becca1960
January 29th, 2010, 03:14 PM
Can legal medications be purchased through the internet from the pharmacy in Belize?

Not to my knowledge, the pharmacies in Cozumel will not send drugs by mail, either. For 8 years, I have been ordering my prescriptions from http://www.inhousepharmacy.com/ and the prices you see include airmail postage. I have been pleased with them.