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Re: Neurontin » ed_uk

Posted by cubbybear on March 21, 2005, at 0:40:26

In reply to Re: Neurontin cubbybear, posted by ed_uk on March 20, 2005, at 10:08:12

> Hi!
> >you'd be shocked at the number of meds that can be purchased OTC here
> What can you buy OTC that needs a prescription in the US?
> Ed.

All pharmacies, down to the smallest, offer dozens of competing brands of topical skin medications, cortisone-based and non-cortisone based for dermatoses of all kinds, including fungal infections. No Rx needed. The package insert is always available for the asking. It's printed in English and Thai.

Most pharmacies have all the major antibiotics, such as amoxycillin, tetracycline, and cipro.

Shockingly, some pharmacies offer anti-depressants Prozac and Zoloft without a prescription, perhaps others as well. This blows my mind altogether and points up the absurdity of government regulation. Misuse of these meds can cause serious, if not life-threatening situations, and yet one can no longer walk into the drugstore and obtain a benzo type drug or opioid. They're available only at hospital pharmacies. MAOI antidepressants Parnate, Nardil and Marplan are prohibited even in hospitals, hence my need to travel to the U.S. to get a year's supply.

Regardless, living here brings its supreme advantages, as when one needs to purchase an anti-fungicidal cream every so often, and can stroll into the pharmacy and purchase a tube of the appropriate stuff without having to phone the doctor. And the prices are a fraction of what they are in the U.S. (I recall that, even at the hospital pharmacy, Zoloft cost exactly one half of what the on-line pharmacies were charging.) Come on over some time, I'll give you the tour of your life.




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