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Dominican Republic - Prescriptions and Medications
Typically most people self prescribe and the vast majority of medicines can be bought over the counter. This will include strong pain killers, antibiotics, steroids, anti inflammatory and sleeping pills. The only drugs which require a prescription are narcotics such as morphine, although some pharmacies will also provide this without a prescription even though it is against the law. Also if you visit a doctor they will either issue you with the medicines in the surgery, or will write you a prescription.
It is not necessary to buy a whole packet of tablets. They are all sold singly. A typical antibiotic, or anti inflammatory or blood pressure pill will cost RD$ 5 (15 cents). All injectable medicines are also available, as are syringes. Most pharmacies will give discounts for cash as opposed to credit card payment, so it is always worth asking for that as they may ‘forget’ when they see a foreigner.
Pharmacy chains and locations
Government Pharmaceutical Department
This guide was compiled with the help of Lindsay de Feliz, a British expat blogger living in the Dominican Republic. Visit her blog at yoursaucepans.blogspot.com.
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