Pharmacies in Spain

You can buy many medicines over the counter in Spain that you may not have been able to at home, but if you are a pensioner it would be cheaper and more advisable to see your doctor and to get a prescription from him. In some countries there is a standard fee for prescriptions, no matter what they may be, but this is not the case in Spain where each item is priced differently. Still, you are likely to find that prescriptions in Spain are
a lot cheaper than in many countries.

Tablets (pastillas) in Spain do not come in bottles containing the exact number the doctor has prescribed. Instead they come in boxes with a set number of pills in the box. Therefore the doctor will write the prescription
out accordingly as these boxes cannot be broken up.

Pharmacies are usually open from 9.30 am until 2pm and from 5pm until 9.30pm Mondays to Fridays and from 9.30am until 2.30pm on a Saturday. In even the smallest of villages you will be able to contact a pharmacy in case of emergency 24 hours a day. Your pharmacy will give you the appropriate telephone number or you will find it in the front of your telephone book.

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