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Hello Everyone,

In March I am moving to Manila. My family doctor will not see to my needs overseas. He will send me off with a months worth of prescriptions but he then wants a doctor over there to continue my treatment.

Right now I am on 14mg of Lexapro and 2mgs of Ativan. I will be in need of a doctor who can continue these prescriptions.

Do any of you know any Good doctors for expats that can accommodate this. If possible it would be great if I could get my Ativan raised to 4mg as that's the amount I normally take. If I dont take it I get severe physical pains due to anxiety, depression and stress..

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Hello Everyone,

In March I am moving to Manila. My family doctor will not see to my needs overseas. He will send me off with a months worth of prescriptions but he then wants a doctor over there to continue my treatment.

Right now I am on 14mg of Lexapro and 2mgs of Ativan. I will be in need of a doctor who can continue these prescriptions.

Do any of you know any Good doctors for expats that can accommodate this. If possible it would be great if I could get my Ativan raised to 4mg as that's the amount I normally take. If I dont take it I get severe physical pains due to anxiety, depression and stress..

Thank you
Hi And Welcome,

First thing, be very sure you have a letter from your doctor stating that you have and are bringing those meds with you. Keep the meds in your carry-on luggage to prevent loss and keep them IN the labeled containers from the pharmacy there. That letter prevents any problem with customs or the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency at the Manila airport.

Most all medications available there are here also but sometimes under a different name. Also most drugs do not need a Dr's Rx to buy. For locating a doctor, upon arrival in Manila, I would suggest going to the walk-in clinic at Manila Doctors Hospital in Ermita, Manila. Suggest starting with Dr. Eugenio Cu, and internal medicine doctor there. He then can refer you to other Dr's if needed.
Beyond that, you can use The Filipino Doctor site to locate doctors anywhere in the country.

Doctors here will not request your records for you as doctors do there. So it is VERY important to bring a complete medical history (including any X-rays) with you.



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Thank you for your reply!

I will check into all that, however doing some research it seems benzos all have to have a prescription over there and I'm not even sure ativan is available at all. I know xanax is under the name xancor (With prescription) but that's not what I am on and it would be great not to have to switch.

Ativan is known out there due to the Ativan Date Rape gang using it to well... Date rape people. So that's definitely going to be controlled... If it's even possible to get out there at all?


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Thank you for your reply!

I will check into all that, however doing some research it seems benzos all have to have a prescription over there and I'm not even sure ativan is available at all. I know xanax is under the name xancor (With prescription) but that's not what I am on and it would be great not to have to switch.

Ativan is known out there due to the Ativan Date Rape gang using it to well... Date rape people. So that's definitely going to be controlled... If it's even possible to get out there at all?
Yep I can relate to and understand your concerns on changing or availability of medications. The vast majority of "Branded" medications sold here are from Australia and India. So with that they are of good quality and a doctor can undoubtedly prescribe the right one(s) all be in under a different name. Also here, the vast majority of medications are must less than there at home.

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Do you know if Ativan is available in the Philippines? I googled the **** out of it and its generic name Lorazepam but can't find anything outside of online sites trying to sell it. I'm at a loss, if I have to switch to Xanax or Xancor out there it might be helpful to know beforehand so I can get a script written for that instead?

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Lorazepam is the "real' name for Valium. Yes, it is available here in the large, nationwide drugstores. But you are right on a need for an Rx. That drug does require an Rx. to buy it.
Once found at a pharmacy here, don't assume that or other drugs are available at ALL branches of the same pharmacy all of the time. Just does not happen here.
So what I'm saying here is that once you locate a pharmacy that does carry your meds, visit with the store manager and request they constantly order and keep them in stock for you. Even that does not always work but it's the best option...

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Forgive me for correcting you here, all respect given but Diazepam is the real name for Valium, Lorazepam is the real name for Ativan. Both benzos but still different. So if you know if Lorazepam is sold there and not Diazepam it might be more helpful
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I had a friend call up a Mercury Drugstore and they said they do not have it and to find an alternative prescription. Not sure if that's the case for just that store or all pharmacies, mercury or otherwise. This is way stressful. Agh.

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Mercury and Manson are two of the largest chain drug stores in the country. I would "assume" that it was just that particular store location that does not have it in stock. Again, with an Rx they should be able to order and keep it in stock. Whatever doctor you end up seeing here should have a good idea on where to get the needed meds - even if it is at a hospital pharmacy..
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Well she had her friends in the call center call up all the pharmacies, apparently Ativan is banned in the Philippines. Not sure what to do.

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