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Purchasing Pharmaceuticals in Mexico


Many drugs that require a prescription in the United States are sold over the counter in Mexico. You can find a drugstore on almost every corner, the ones that are in the high traffic tourist areas will have higher prices, as with most any store. The Pharmacia Guadalajara is a big chain and will have the same prices regardless of which of their numerous stores you go to. If you are in Old Town check out Freddy's on Olas Altas, it's a family run business and service is friendly and in English.


Most of the drugs listed below can be obtained without a prescription. 




  • Xanax

  • Ambien

  • Tylenol containing Codeine

  • Cipro

  • Oxycontin

  • Percocet

  • Vicodin

  • Lunesta

  • Phenobarbital

  • Various antidepressants

  • HGH Injections

  • Anabolic Steroids

  • Prilosec

  • Viagra

  • Levitra

  • Lorazepam

  • Valium

  • Various antibiotics

  • Birth control 


If a drug does require a prescription (opioids) you can get a one from a Mexican doctor fairly easily and cheaply.


It is a good idea to check the complete list of controlled substances for your particular home country to see if the drug you wish to purchase is on it before attempting to bring the drug back over the border. 



Counterfeit drugs may be masquerading as popular brands so check packaging very carefully. Make sure there is a price sticker on the box (that's a law) and that the expiration date is visible and not "blacked out" with a marker. 


Drugs that appear familiar may actually have different active ingredients, so it is important to read the ingredients, dosage instructions and other pertinent information carefully. It can be helpful to bring a photo of the U.S. packaging and information with you so you can compare.


Medical tourism is becoming popular in Mexico among U.S. and Canadian citizens. Mexico has put a lot of money into improving medical facilities and training doctors at top schools in the U.S. and other countries. If you need a medical procedure that is not affordable, or your deductible exceeds the funds in your pocketbook, look no further than Mexico. 


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