Best pharmacy in Belize, Roatan,or Cozumel??

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#1
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Thought I might buy some medicine in one of these ports near the cruise ship. Anyone have any experience? what have you bought?

Thanks for any info!
#2
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I would personally not buy any. You cannot be sure you are getting what you think you are getting. Plus, there may be laws preventing you from bringing some drugs into the country.
#3
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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Are you ill? Do you need something specific?


This is a risky practice...unless you really need a specific medication that's too expensive at home, you really shouldn't do this. You stand the risk of medicating yourself with the wrong drug, or helping "antibiotic resistance" take hold even more than it has (think, MRSA!...bad stuff!)

Unless you're ill, go swimming or touring...forget buying meds you don't need.
#4
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PLEASE...rethink this. You won't know what your getting, how old it is or if it's safe!! The price may seem attractive, but the after effects may really hurt you. I have heard MANY stories of how people bought prescriptions at ALL 3 of these ports and became ill. PLEASE, For your own safety...get your scripts filled at HOME!!
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I have found that Belize offers the best variety of drugs. Many that you can't get at the Mexican pharmacys. I think their prices are better also..
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In Cozumel, there was a "pharmacy" in with the pier shops. Prices were ok, and no ill effects from any of the meds we bought.

Can't comment on Belize or Roatan yet... 18 more days!!!!!!!!!
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I have been using several meds from Belize pharmacies for three years with only positive results....
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I am not one to EVER advocate purchasing medication in a foreign country, but I did purchase the generic of Plavix for my inlaws in Belize. They had fallen into the "donut hole" w/prescriptions and the generic for Plavix is not sold in the U.S. anymore. It is a small fraction of the brand and we have not encountered any problems. I will be purchasing a years worth when we visit next year. Honduras and Cozumel were no less expensive than home.
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#9
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Originally posted by timh111
PLEASE...rethink this. You won't know what your getting, how old it is or if it's safe!! The price may seem attractive, but the after effects may really hurt you. I have heard MANY stories of how people bought prescriptions at ALL 3 of these ports and became ill. PLEASE, For your own safety...get your scripts filled at HOME!!
But if one's home country is a country that doesn't have reliable medications, then medications from Belize, Honduras, or Mexico may well be safer. Not everyone's home country has the best medical care, and indeed, many people travel from their home countries to foreign countries (especially to the United States) for medical care. Someone living in, say, Haiti, might well take advantage of being on a cruise to buy medicine in a foreign country because it could be newer or safer than medicine purchased at home.
#10
San Pedro, Belize
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Originally posted by GTJ
But if one's home country is a country that doesn't have reliable medications, then medications from Belize, Honduras, or Mexico may well be safer. Not everyone's home country has the best medical care, and indeed, many people travel from their home countries to foreign countries (especially to the United States) for medical care. Someone living in, say, Haiti, might well take advantage of being on a cruise to buy medicine in a foreign country because it could be newer or safer than medicine purchased at home.
I have taken Metformin antibiotics, and many other meds over the past two years. All have done what they were supposed to do with no adverse effects.

What I would tell people is that you should not self diagnose. If it is something you are taking now I would monitor your condition closely due to fact you are changing brands and posably dosage .
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#11
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Originally posted by matj2000
I have found that Belize offers the best variety of drugs. Many that you can't get at the Mexican pharmacys. I think their prices are better also..
Where in Belize is the RX store?
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Belize was the best place for us. I can't remember the name since it's been a while but we have never had a problem.
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#14
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Do you have to have a prescription with you to get meds while in Belize?
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#15
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Originally posted by poohbear
Do you have to have a prescription with you to get meds while in Belize?
do you need a prescription for Ambien?
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#16
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Originally posted by murphfam4
do you need a prescription for Ambien?
here in the states yes,just trying to find out if you do in Belize.
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#17
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Originally posted by poohbear
here in the states yes,just trying to find out if you do in Belize.
Probably not...I can ask at a pharmacy here in San Pedro for you.
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Elizabeth: "Yes, the rum is gone."
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#18
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Originally posted by poohbear
here in the states yes,just trying to find out if you do in Belize.
Yes, I know you need one here in the states I mean in Belize. Thanks
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#19
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Originally posted by wadethegringo
Probably not...I can ask at a pharmacy here in San Pedro for you.
That would be great, thank you!
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#20
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No prescription needed in Belize for what we got (antibiotics and back pain meds).
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