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My husband and I are traveling through Mexico and Central America for 10 months.(from Canada) I will need my prescription filled at some point. I assume an English prescription will be worthless in Mexico. What do I need to bring with me to prove my condition to a Mexican doctor? What is the easiest way to go about this? I have limited Spanish.

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Unless it is a narcotic or some antibiotic, you only need the name of the medication; the generic name will make it simpler and often much less expensive.
farmacias similares, Dr. Desquento, farmacia ahorros, and others, are discount pharmacies.

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My husband and I are traveling through Mexico and Central America for 10 months.(from Canada) I will need my prescription filled at some point. I assume an English prescription will be worthless in Mexico. What do I need to bring with me to prove my condition to a Mexican doctor? What is the easiest way to go about this? I have limited Spanish.
Bring your prescriptions from home. Make certain they're printed or written clearly so that someone reading them can understand them. Then, when you need the priscription filled make an appointment with a physician in Mexico and show him what you have. I don't think you'll have any problems, except if you're asking for something that's a controlled or scheduled substance. It's becoming more common than ever for some pharmacies, discount pharmacies, to have a physician's office attached or close by and the pharmacist will refer you. If it's not clear, just stop at any farmacia and ask who they recommend.

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The only medication that you would need a prescription for are antibiotics and those containing narcotics. Most farmacias will have your medication by brand name or a generic. If generic, you will need the name of the primary ingredient in Spanish.

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Thank you, it's easier than I thought!

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Not only is is simple, it's logical and makes a whole lot more sense than in the USA, maybe even Canada too?

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I buy all my medicines for my dogs at the Farmacias Similares who tend to be the less expensive as they use generics. I use the human version and reduce the dosage. Many drugs in the U.S. that require a prescription do not here in Mexico such as anti-inflammatories, many pain meds, antibiotics, etc. You can even buy the generic for Tamiflu here at a greatly reduced price compared to the U.S. because it is in generic form.
When I need a specific med and do not know the generic I simply find the generic name on the web.

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My husband and I are traveling through Mexico and Central America for 10 months.(from Canada) I will need my prescription filled at some point. I assume an English prescription will be worthless in Mexico. What do I need to bring with me to prove my condition to a Mexican doctor? What is the easiest way to go about this? I have limited Spanish.
Your questions have been well answered.
I would just add that if you intend to claim prescriptions purchased in Mexico from a Canadian health insurance plan, you'll have to ask for detailed receipts from the farmacia, especially if they're for medications that don't require a prescription, i.e. over-the-counter. For most OTC medications, you either won't be given a receipt at all, or it won't show any of the information your insurer will require.
My own plan insists that I obtain a prescription from a Mexican doctor, even though I've explained that all the medications we require are available in Mexico over-the-counter....therefore seeing a doctor is a needless expense. As a result, we purchase our 6 months of prescriptions before we leave Canada.

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Your questions have been well answered.
I would just add that if you intend to claim prescriptions purchased in Mexico from a Canadian health insurance plan, you'll have to ask for detailed receipts from the farmacia, especially if they're for medications that don't require a prescription, i.e. over-the-counter. For most OTC medications, you either won't be given a receipt at all, or it won't show any of the information your insurer will require.
My own plan insists that I obtain a prescription from a Mexican doctor, even though I've explained that all the medications we require are available in Mexico over-the-counter....therefore seeing a doctor is a needless expense. As a result, we purchase our 6 months of prescriptions before we leave Canada.
That would SO not happen in the US!

The cost of meds here is much too high, even with copays for those below retirement age, to make that practice reasonable. And if you're a retiree, and you've hit the dreaded doughnut hole in the RX coverage written into Medicare by the drug companies, well, fuggedaboutit.
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That would SO not happen in the US!

The cost of meds here is much too high, even with copays for those below retirement age, to make that practice reasonable. And if you're a retiree, and you've hit the dreaded doughnut hole in the RX coverage written into Medicare by the drug companies, well, fuggedaboutit.
I'm a retired federal government employee, but our healthcare plan is by no means "gold-plated", by Canadian standards. Our plan considers a "normal prescription" as a 3 month supply, or 100 pills. We are allowed to purchase more, but must first telephone for approval, which comes within 2 days, and is never denied. We routinely purchase a 6 month supply for our winters in Mexico. The plan pays 80%, after satisfying the annual $60 per person/$100 per family "deductible".

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