Pharmacies in Cozumel

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#1
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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I will be in Coz and have prescriptions from my MD for my migraine medication. It is very expensive in the US and I would like to buy it when I am in Coz. Does anyone know of a reputable pharmacy and how I can get there? (I take Relpax). Thanks
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#2
Cozumel
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Many medications that require a percription in the U.S. do not require one in Mexico. Narcotics are an exception. The best stocked pharmacy on the island is Farmacia Doris located on Juarez between 15 Av. and 20 Av.

They also have a medical doctor who can furnish you with a percription for a fee, depending on what medicine.

For less expensive generic meds use Farmacia Similares located on Primera at 15 Av. You can generally save a lot there vs. the brand names at the other pharmacies.
#3
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Jim, Thank you so much. That is exactly the information I needed. Would you have any idea how much a taxi should cost from the port to the pharmacies and do I have to have him wait or is it easy to find another taxi to get back to the ship? Are these two pharmacies within walking distance of each other or do I need to drive? Which one would you suggest I try first? Do you know if they offer a discount if I buy in quantity? Thanks again for all your help.
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#4
Cozumel
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I don't know the drugs you are after, but if price is the main factor and you don't have to have a percription try the Farmacia Similares first. The other is one to the south and and one half block east.

They are both walking distance from Punta Langosta and the downtown ferry pier, but you would need a taxi if coming from the International Pier.

They don't need to wait, taxis are generally available to the tourist.
#5
Cedar Park, TX (outside Austin)
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You might want to reconsider .... apparently it is illegal to bring back prescription drugs from outside the country. I was stopped and my bags searched once and the big question was whether I had purchased prescriptions drugs (I had not.) Until then, I had no idea you could not bring them back into the US, as the pharmacies will readily sell you various totally legal prescription items in Cozumel. The quote below is from the US Customs site.
Thus, in virtually all instances, individual citizens are prohibited from importing prescription drugs into the United States.
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#6
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Everytime we go to Cozumel I have made purchases (including in June this year) of asthma inhalers and Retin A at The American Drug Store/American Pharmacy: http://gocozumel.com/pharmacy/ . I found out about it on these boards http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...light=pharmacy. They speak english, are very pleasant and while it is a tiny little place it seems to have about everything.

I have claimed my purchases on my customs forms and have not had any problems. I researched the legality of it a couple years ago, but, maybe I'd better review it again!
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#7
Oklahoma, USA
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We've declared prescriptions meds twice upon our returns from Coz, and U.S. Customs never asked a question. (We also take the U.S. script with us.) We asked a customs agent onboard Rhapsody earlier this year, and he said they are looking for the "other kind of drugs", ie. heroin, MJ and cocaine/crack, plus medications containing suphedrine which can be used to cook Meth.
Just what we were told.
Now here come all the folks to tell you how unsafe the Mexican prescriptions are...

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#8
Cozumel
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Joined Mar 2005
Here is some interesting and maybe valuable information.

http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/pre.../mexico_rx.htm

and more can be learned here...

http://www.peoplesguide.com/1pages/c...cheapmed1.html

Isn't it a shame that a trained agent of the U.S. Customs Service would be so uninformed?
#9
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Thank you all so much! As I mentioned in my first post, I am just trying to get my migraine medication. I know US Rx aren't valid in MExico, but I will bring them and copies to prove I have them. Isn't it a shame that we have to resort to importing medications from out side the country. I am grateful for all your information.
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Celebrity Eclipse Eastern Caribbean 12/17/11
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Century Star - Yangtze River Cruise 6/24/13
Windsurf - Northern Europe 8/4/14 (sadly had to cancel)
Celebrity Constellation 12/31/14- what a miserable cruise

Harmony of the Seas 8/12/17 - finally recovering from the Constellation debacle

#10
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Neer bought any scripts in Mexico but have brought Tylenol with Codeine (for migraines) across the border from Canada into Mexico with no problems. Customs asked, I told and he waved us through.
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#11
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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I think the key is...don't do anything illegal. Since I'm not looking for controlled substances and I have a doctor's note, then I don't think there will be a problem.
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Lori

can't remember farther back than '02
Majesty of the Seas 9/02
Grand Princess 12/02
Explorer of the Seas 6/03, 10/9/05
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Enchantment of the Seas (Mom's 1st Annual Solo Cruise) 11/16/06, (2nd annual Mom's solo cruise)12/15/07
Independence of the Seas Westbound TA 11/23/09
Celebrity Millenium 11/24/11 -Our first Thanksgiving at Sea (and our last)
Celebrity Eclipse Eastern Caribbean 12/17/11
Oasis of the Seas 12/22/12
Century Star - Yangtze River Cruise 6/24/13
Windsurf - Northern Europe 8/4/14 (sadly had to cancel)
Celebrity Constellation 12/31/14- what a miserable cruise

Harmony of the Seas 8/12/17 - finally recovering from the Constellation debacle

#12
Cedar Park, TX (outside Austin)
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Originally posted by Lightsluvr
Now here come all the folks to tell you how unsafe the Mexican prescriptions are...
Don't think any of the prescription drugs discussed here are unsafe, just because they're purchased in Mexico. My comment was solely based on their questioning me and searching my bags for prescriptions drugs. I could understand them looking for illegal substances carried by tourists .... but couldn't fathom the big deal over prescriptions ..... just our weird goverment at work!!
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#13
Cozumel
576 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by KaC-Cruiser
Don't think any of the prescription drugs discussed here are unsafe, just because they're purchased in Mexico. My comment was solely based on their questioning me and searching my bags for prescriptions drugs. I could understand them looking for illegal substances carried by tourists .... but couldn't fathom the big deal over prescriptions ..... just our weird goverment at work!!
Actually it was once a very common practice and probably goes on in large scale still many American tourist pay Mexican doctors for prescriptions and buy drugs such as Valium thinking this is acceptable and it apparently is not.
#15
Sreveport
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Joined Oct 2010
I take Lortab (norco) every 4-6 hours back & neck pain. I have had two surgeries which didn't work out very well. Anyway I am wondering about rules & regs about bringing my medicine with me aboard the ship. Do I have to inform anyone? I have legal US prescription and all. So .... Also the foreign Customs eg Mexico or Jamaica which ever?
Thanks in advance,
D
#17
Tennessee
182 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
We had a group on the Legend back in September and went to the pharmacy in Cozumel. We mainly bought antibiotics, Levaquin and Cipro for me, my friend bought augmentin and amoxicillin. We had no issues with customs and the medication has worked well for us when we needed it plus we saved a lot of money! I will definitely go back to that pharmacy this September when we go on our next cruise!
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#18
Malden, MO
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Originally posted by kimberly1949
We had a group on the Legend back in September and went to the pharmacy in Cozumel. We mainly bought antibiotics, Levaquin and Cipro for me, my friend bought augmentin and amoxicillin. We had no issues with customs and the medication has worked well for us when we needed it plus we saved a lot of money! I will definitely go back to that pharmacy this September when we go on our next cruise!
Which pharmacy did you use in Coz?
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