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Oman – Prescriptions and Medications

In this article, we will discuss prescriptions and medications in Oman. If you are planning to visit or move to Oman, it is important to be familiar with the local practices when it comes to medications.

We will answer the following questions:

  • What are pharmacies called in the local language in Oman? What does the sign outside pharmacies look like in Oman?
  • What are pharmacy opening times in Oman?
  • Can common medicines be bought over the counter or do they require a prescription in Oman? Can medicines be ordered online?
  • How are prescriptions paid for in Oman?

Pharmacies in Oman

In Oman, pharmacies are commonly known as “صيدلية” (Saydaliyah) or “صيدليات” (Saydaliyat). The sign outside a pharmacy is usually a white cross on a green background. This sign is recognized as the symbol for a pharmacy in Oman, making it easy for foreigners to identify a pharmacy in Oman.

Pharmacy Opening Times

Pharmacy opening times in Oman vary depending on the location and day of the week. Most pharmacies are open from Sunday to Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, pharmacies are usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

It is important to note that some pharmacies may close for a lunch break between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. In addition, there are some pharmacies that operate 24/7, especially in bigger cities such as Muscat and Salalah. If you require medication outside of regular pharmacy hours, it is advisable to check the location of a 24/7 pharmacy.

Medications in Oman

In Oman, some medications can be bought over the counter without a prescription, while others require a prescription from a doctor. Common medications such as painkillers, cough syrup, and allergy medication can be bought over the counter in most pharmacies. However, medications that are considered to be more potent or that have a higher risk of abuse, such as sleeping pills or strong painkillers, require a prescription.


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It is important to note that the rules regarding over-the-counter medication in Oman may differ from those in your home country. Therefore, it is always advisable to check with a pharmacist before purchasing any medication, especially if you are unsure about the dosage or potential side effects.

In addition, it is also possible to order medications online in Oman. There are several online pharmacies that offer home delivery of medication, but it is important to be cautious when ordering medication online. Always ensure that the online pharmacy is legitimate and that the medication you are ordering is safe and legal.

Prescription Medications

If you require a prescription medication in Oman, you will need to visit a doctor who will write you a prescription. Once you have the prescription, you can take it to a pharmacy to have it filled. It is important to note that prescriptions in Oman are usually valid for a limited period of time, usually one month. After this time, you will need to visit a doctor again to get a new prescription.

When you go to a pharmacy to have a prescription filled, you will need to provide your health insurance details. If you are a resident of Oman and have Omani health insurance, you will usually only need to pay a small co-payment for prescription medication. The amount of the co-payment will depend on the medication and your health insurance policy.

If you are a tourist or visitor to Oman and do not have Omani health insurance, you will need to pay the full cost of the medication. It is advisable to check with the pharmacy beforehand to get an idea of the cost of the medication, as prescription medications in Oman can be quite expensive.

Payment for Prescriptions

As mentioned earlier, if you are a resident of Oman and have Omani health insurance, you will usually only need to pay a small co-payment for prescription medication. The amount of the co-payment will depend on the medication and your health insurance policy.

It is important to note that the cost of prescription medication in Oman can vary widely depending on the type of medication, the dosage, and the manufacturer. In addition, the cost of medication can also be influenced by factors such as the availability of generic alternatives, which tend to be cheaper than brand-name medications.

If you are a resident of Oman and require regular prescription medication, it is advisable to consider taking out additional health insurance to cover the cost of medication. This is particularly important if you require medication that is expensive or that needs to be taken over a long period of time.

In conclusion, if you require medication while in Oman, it is important to be aware of the local practices when it comes to prescriptions and medications. Pharmacies in Oman are commonly known as “صيدلية” (Saydaliyah) or “صيدليات” (Saydaliyat), and the sign outside a pharmacy is usually a white cross on a green background.

Pharmacy opening times in Oman vary, but most pharmacies are open from Sunday to Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays until around 9:00 p.m. In Oman, some medications can be bought over the counter without a prescription, while others require a prescription from a doctor.

Prescription medications require a prescription from a doctor and are usually valid for one month. When filling a prescription, you will need to provide your health insurance details, and if you are a tourist or visitor to Oman without Omani health insurance, you will need to pay the full cost of the medication.

Finally, if you are a resident of Oman and require regular prescription medication, it is advisable to consider taking out additional health insurance to cover the cost of medication.


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