Finding authentic prescription medicines can be a challenging task when traveling abroad. So, if you are moving to Mexico as an expat, make sure that your medications are easily available in the country.
Buying Medicines in Mexico - Things to Know
- Contrary to the popular belief, pharmacies or farmacias in Mexico require prescription for almost all medications (including narcotics and antibiotics).
- Commonly, you will find two types of pharmacies in the country- Farmacias del Ahorro and Farmacias Similares. Del Ahorro is a nationwide chain of pharmacies whereas Similares is a chain of discount pharmacies. You can easily obtain generic substitutes for your brand medicines from both.
- Pharmacies are easy to find in Mexico and are generally well-stocked. If you are in a big city, you can even find a 24/7 pharmacy near you.
- Compared to the rates in the USA, medicines in Mexico are quite cheap.