Buying medication in India

#1 Dec 22nd, 2004, 03:30
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Hi,
I'm off for my second trip to India in Jan and wanted to know how easy it is to buy medication such as antibiotics/anti-emetics in India. I only got really sick twice in 6 months in asia, one of which was in India and it was pretty bad . We'd bought some antibiotics in Thailand (Kao San road Boots! ) which cured the problem luckily. This time I am coming straight from the UK and unless I can get some kind of private prescription (if I can get it?) I cannot get hold of these kinds of drugs. I might be being a bit paranoid, but this trip is only 16 days long and knowing how ill I was before I want a back of those antibiotics. I will be with a nurse so would of course be very careful with dosages etc. If any has any suggestions that would be great, or alternatively if you are ill is it easy to get decent medical help as I have never tried before!
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Indian companies manufacture huge quantities of pharmaceutical products: why should you not be able to get what you want?

Having said that, I was surprised not to be able to buy Kaolin and Morphine Mixture, A good, old-fashioned remedy for the runs that works for me, in Kerala two years ago. More up-to-date stuff like immodium was easiy to get, but doesn't work so well for me.
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meds are the great unkept secret about India- cheep beyond belief, and readily available at fine chemists accross the land in urban centres. Take a list of the true (not brand ) name of the drugs you need and get them before you get waaaay out in the bush.

Prices are set to rise come the new year, but still will be a bargain.
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Nick - anything with morphine is a restricted article and technically requires a prescription - however depends on the pharmacy perhaps ...
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Originally Posted by Baldy Nick - anything with morphine is a restricted article and technically requires a prescription - however depends on the pharmacy perhaps ...
It's just a name. Well, OK, it does have morphine in it , but so very, very little that it is freely available without prescription in UK.
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Even if it is restricted you can get it through sources..
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Sources? Can you shed any light on this? I will be in Mumbai soon, hope to save money on my usual extemely expensive American meds. Last time I had great dificulty buying, of all things female hormones I had run out of, wasn't until I produced my prescription bottle that the "paternal" pharmacist would sell to me. I'm hoping to buy some sleeping aids this trip. What kind of pharmacy do I shop at? What about "scheduled" meds? PM me if you wish if this is a controversial subject.
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I used to use a lot of meds for coughs (a debilitating condition in my business). Codeine is now restricted most everywhere so I asked a friend who's brother is in the pharmacy business wholesale. Received a small crate accordingly. If you are around locally for enough time they know you aren't an inspector and they don't bother you. You're biggest problem may be that a particular type may not be available..
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Best to check if you have a popular home remedy that you think you might need. There are chemists everywhere, but we couldn't get a simple over-the-counter item like Pepto Bismol, in spite of working with several, good Delhi chemists on the basic chemical - bismuth subsalicylate. (Pepto Bismol is a great stomach calmer, anti-nausea and diahera med when you don't want to pull out the heavy guns like imodium.) Best to have the generic name of the drug, if possible. For example I just wanted acetominophen to knock down my son's fever and couldn't locate it until I found it was sold as paracetemol. (which we could only find with caffeine added). That said, we got some valium (diazepam) for sleeping on the train and plane. It was easily available and very cheap.
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So i can just walk into any "chemist" shop in Mumbai & buy valium? I thought you needed a prescription, even in India. Also, it seems like there are different kinds of pharmacies/chemist shops. There are Ayuvedic shops, and small places selling otc stuff & personal care things, But what is the place with all/most drugs/medicines called in India? A chemist shop, a pharmacy? We call it a pharmacy in USA, Brits & Europeans, I think you call it a chemist shop. What about India?
I hope to buy things normally very expensive in USA, like asthma inhalers, female hormones, antifungal med (diflucan) zolpiderm (ambien) & valium without a prescription or a hassle. And I'm not interested in cough syrup or codiene.
The actual business names of a few favorite Mumbai "drug" stores for these items would be appreciated too, if anyone knows of any.
BTW, I will be staying in Vashi, a non tourist place, but will be going into Colaba area for shopping. My relatives are of no help, they are paternal & nosy & use only ayuvedic medicine.
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The generic/substance name for Diflucan is flukonazol. This should be shown on bottle/box.Try to find an online pharmaceutical index for the other names.

With asthma inhalers you need to*find not only right substance but also the same delivery device (turbohalers etc) that you are used to. This is the one circumstance where I would be wary of using generica.
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How Safe?

so how safe are the meds in India? I will need to get Fosamax (alendronate) and Prilosec (omeprazo) - two very expensive drugs in the states. My husband told me our"rip off" pharmaceuticals corporations will soon be outsourcing drug production to India soon anyway, however, I'm sure we won't seen a drop in price.
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Originally Posted by coconut wireless so how safe are the meds in India? I will need to get Fosamax (alendronate) and Prilosec (omeprazo) - two very expensive drugs in the states. My husband told me our"rip off" pharmaceuticals corporations will soon be outsourcing drug production to India soon anyway, however, I'm sure we won't seen a drop in price.

If you come to Goa, then I can arrange these medicines and any others that may be required.
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Comparative Rx Shopping

I was in India in November. I brought back to the States allopurinol (for gout). That cost only one-third the US price. Worm pills in the US cost $29.50 for 6 pills. In India the cost is about 40 cents for 6 pills. A small bottle of medicated ear drops costs $75 in the US. It only costs 50 cents in India. I also brought back some tetracycline (an anti-diarrheal) without doing a price check.
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I'm in Goa now. I asked my Doc at home for a prescription for Ciprofloxacin just in case of dodgy guts etc and got one. Over here I've been to 2 good pharmacists and y'day left the empty boxes, and insert leaflets of my prescriptions with one of them so she could order what they didn't stock. The one in Margao that I visited seemed a bit chaotic and I couldn't hold their attention long enough to discuss my drugs. Fingers crossed, they've got 3 weeks to get them. Ask around locally and see what they come up with.
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