Anyone ever purchased antibiotics in Mexico?
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We just returned from Cozumel with Amoxicillin with no problems. And, we saw it for sale when we cruised to Puerto Vallarta and other Mexican Riviera ports.
You do not need a prescription. You can buy as much as you want, altho' I wouldn't buy too much since you don't want it to expire. There is no problem bringing it on to the ship, either.
The price will depend on where you buy it. Closer to the ship dock it will be more; further into the city it will be less expensive.
Hope this helps.
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Jim, my neighbors go to Texas in the winter and go across the border and buy medicine all the time. They have to declare it at the border and the guard looks at what they have purchased and how much. They can only bring so much of any one medicine in at a time. This leads me to believe that it is not illegal or surely they would be arrested.
I think it would be different for a controlled substance like hydrocodone. I think that would be illegal.
To bring the medications into the United States, travelers will need to show a valid U.S. prescription to the inspector at the Port of Entry. The U.S. prescription is in addition to the Mexican prescription used to purchase the medications in Mexico. For more information on bringing medications into the United States, purchasers may refer to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website: http://www.cbp.gov.
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I bought 2 big bottles of Amoxicillian and paid less than 30 dollars, forget how much exactly. Cheaper than going to the doc and getting a script. I dont take it much but my hubby is from a country where you can buy it over the counter, so he takes it for everything.
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Many border towns and tourist towns, such as cruise ports, have many very clean, well-run pharmacies that cater primarily to Americans. Prescriptions are not required. However, this does not apply to controlled substances or narcotic drugs, which cannot (legally) be purchased in Mexico anyway, without a prescription and cannot be legally brought into the US.
Many prescriptions are substantially cheaper, from 1/3 to 1/10 of the price back home. For instance, Renova cost me about $7 in Mexico, $75 dollars in the U.S. Some medicines are not available. If you are dealing with a reputable pharmacy I don't think there is much worry about the wrong or fake drugs or old drugs; these businesses want to keep their U.S. customers happy and won't jepeodize their business with questionable products.
I've never bought medicines at a cruise port and brought them back to the US, however, so that may be a different scenario.
However, in many states is it is illegal to possess prescription drugs without a prescription. I have seen people go to Mexico, purchase drugs, get pulled over for a routine traffic violation back in Texas and then get arrested for having a few bags full of prescription drugs in their car.
Federal jurisdiction does not equate to state jurisdiction.
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I know that I need to be careful about expiration dates, but how much can you buy and bring back onto the ship? Into the states? I am only interested in buying a couple of bottles of ammoxicillin.You can legally bring in a 90 day supply. I order by mail from Cozumel but that is $12 shipping from www.medsmex.com. It is an american company. I have bought generic amoxicillan, renova and an anti imflammatory there. Just be careful when you buy in person on Cozumel that you are buying from a pharmacy and that everything looks like it is packaged professionally like we have in the US. Of course all the writing will be in spanish. Greg