Buying prescription drugs in India

#1 Sep 3rd, 2007, 08:39
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Hi,
I'm moving to Delhi from New York soon, and was wondering if I need to stock up on some prescription drugs. In particular, I want to bring common antibiotic meds.

But is India like Mexico - where you can buy drugs without a prescription and at a lower cost? If it's easy, I won't bother the hassle of convincing my US doctor to give me advance prescriptions.

thanks in advance,
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#2 Sep 3rd, 2007, 08:51
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No prescription required and 1/10th the cost. Giddy up!
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Common antibiotics will be considerably cheaper in India.

Though many chemists will sell them without a prescription, I would suggest you get one if it is not too much of a hassle; brand names will also be different between the US and India, so look up the generic name before shopping.
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From my experiance in Southern India i could get any type of perscription drug for cheaper than i could in the states.
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"cheapest and best, Madam ..."
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all major brand names are available in India...but they might not have that 'particular' product in India...however alternates are always available...

If its common antibiotics, then they would be really common in India...
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#7 Sep 4th, 2007, 07:49
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Excellent! thank you all for your help.
#8 May 9th, 2011, 09:05
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have to say I did have problems here and there getting certain meds...possible down to brand/genetic names and of course the language barrier, but on the whole peps are willing to try and help you, atfer the confused looks. And if all else fails, it gives you great practice in your charades skills...though I dont suggest this when trying to find immodium...hehe
#9 May 16th, 2011, 01:07
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There are many companies making the same drug. Try to get the one made by the better pharma companies. The medical shops will try to sell you the ones made by the smaller pharma companies as they get more margin of profit.

Some of the better known pharma companies are


Ranbaxy
Cipla
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Sun Pharmaceuticals
Cadila Healthcare


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmaceuticals_in_India
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I just got to India a couple of days ago. Yesterday I bought a whole heap of antibiotics, no problem. I just said the names I wanted (ciprofloxacin & amoxicillin) and they pulled them out pronto. Very cheap. Also bought eyedrops with antibiotics in them. So easy, cheap and quick! Don't bring them!
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#11 May 24th, 2011, 04:13
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I think the best part is it literally takes 5 second for him to pull the medicine and give it to you. In CVS or any other pharmacy it takes 10-15 minutes.
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Just be sure to buy your medicine from larger pharmacies (preferably having AC), and better known brand names. Always ask for a receipt ("bill") with all the details.
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Originally Posted by bobnormal View Post I just got to India a couple of days ago. Yesterday I bought a whole heap of antibiotics, no problem. I just said the names I wanted (ciprofloxacin & amoxicillin) and they pulled them out pronto. Very cheap. Also bought eyedrops with antibiotics in them. So easy, cheap and quick! Don't bring them!
Too easy!

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My husband and I spent 6 months in India a few years ago
and he is on lots of meds , got everything we needed so cheap and good
Lots of different pain medicines that we don't get here
We stocked up on all and brought lots home

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