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H there just joined this forum I am hoping to move to Spain in the very near future and I am diabetic, tablets only but I use lixisenitide once a day and was wondering if anyone knows how much this is on a Drs prescription or to buy over the counter many thanks Pizpot
 

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H there just joined this forum I am hoping to move to Spain in the very near future and I am diabetic, tablets only but I use lixisenitide once a day and was wondering if anyone knows how much this is on a Drs prescription or to buy over the counter many thanks Pizpot
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Will you be entitled to state health care?
That will make a huge difference. I don't know how much these medications are, but if you have to use private health care, you'll pay 100%, but with state health care it's between 10% and 40% depending on your circumstances
 

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Lixisenitide is not available in Spain except as LYXUMIA Sol. iny. 20 mcg for injection. Most diabetic Type 2s, around here, seem to be on Metformine.
 

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May be by chance somebody in this forum knows if antihrombose medicine xarelto is prescribed (or available) for patients in Spain? Questions like this are important for decision making of those people who plan moving to Spain but have Medical conditions that need to take medicines every day.
 

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May be by chance somebody in this forum knows if antihrombose medicine xarelto is prescribed (or available) for patients in Spain? Questions like this are important for decision making of those people who plan moving to Spain but have Medical conditions that need to take medicines every day.
Yes, XARELTO is available in 10mg, 15mg, 20 mg but is expensive. 30.29€ inc. IVA for 10 x 10mg. Curiously the price seems to be the same irrespective of the strength.
 

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Baldilocks, thank you for this information. Interestingly in Norway my husband has xarelto gratis after medical costs of the year reach about 200 euros.
 

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Are medications usually cheaper than UK prescription charges if you have to pay full whack?
 

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Are medications usually cheaper than UK prescription charges if you have to pay full whack?
my regular pain relief would be 203€ a year if I paid full price. I have a repeat prescription which is filled every two weeks. I pay 40%

just looked up UK prescription costs - 8.20GPB per item - is that per pack or per type of medication?? I get two packs a fortnight


istr that it's per type, not pack, so in the UK that would cost me 213.20GBP for the year , which is over 300€ at today's rate of exchange, so 50% more than the full price of the meds

one of my daughters has regular medication which would be 70€ a year at full price (again fortnightly filled prescription, so much much cheaper full price here than on prescription in the UK)

that said - my other daughter was prescribed an inhaler for a while which was over 80€ per item at full price!
 

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Are medications usually cheaper than UK prescription charges if you have to pay full whack?
Yes, my wife has high blood pressure and in the UK would have to see a doctor to get a prescription first. Here you just go to the pharmacy and show them the UK box and they give you a replacement at a much reduced price. It is actually cheaper than in the UK with a prescription!
 

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That's good to know, just in case.

Here we pay per item, however if you are on regular meds you can buy the annual pass, for about £100 which covers you for all prescriptions for the year.
 

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Are medications usually cheaper than UK prescription charges if you have to pay full whack?
There are many things in UK that are cheaper without a prescription - e.g. paracetamol.

In addition, in Spain there are not the silly laws that say you can't buy more than 30 80mg aspirin (if you tried to commit suicide with them, you would die first of boredom!)
 

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Are medications usually cheaper than UK prescription charges if you have to pay full whack?
It depends entirely on what the cost of the medication is (unsurprisingly!). A lot of drugs are cheaper than the UK prescription charge, but others aren't. I am on pitavastatin which costs €28.50 for 28 tablets, I could probably be prescribed a much cheaper statin but the doctor listened to my concerns about the possible increased risk of diabetes with statin use (I have a family history) and prescribed these for me instead.
 

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There are many things in UK that are cheaper without a prescription - e.g. paracetamol.

In addition, in Spain there are not the silly laws that say you can't buy more than 30 80mg aspirin (if you tried to commit suicide with them, you would die first of boredom!)
Hmmmm. This is changing. I used to buy lots of 1000mg Ibuprofen for pain relief of my back (along with other meds). I used to buy 2 boxes at a time and then occasionally more if my sister-in-law wanted some to be sent back to England.

About 6 months ago I was told that these were only available by prescription now and even then only one box at a time. So things are changing all be it slowly.

I pay just over 2€ for a box of 40 1000mg ibuprofen - surely that's cheaper than in UK IF you can even get them that strong.
 

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I just bought ibuprofen here and there was no limit, oddly I am not needing them as much but I bought two boxes just in case.
 

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Hmmmm. This is changing. I used to buy lots of 1000mg Ibuprofen for pain relief of my back (along with other meds). I used to buy 2 boxes at a time and then occasionally more if my sister-in-law wanted some to be sent back to England.

About 6 months ago I was told that these were only available by prescription now and even then only one box at a time. So things are changing all be it slowly.

I pay just over 2€ for a box of 40 1000mg ibuprofen - surely that's cheaper than in UK IF you can even get them that strong.
We have no problems with buying more than one box of them nor of 1000mg paracetamol but it may depend on whether one is known at the pharmacy.
 

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Depends on the drugs, not everyone is prescribed ibuprofen etc. specialist drugs can cost 100 euros pm. As in my Spanish neighbours case and I don't think they are free for pensioners like the UK.

I didn't realise they did 1000 mils Ibuprofen that's scary, they can damage your stomach.
 

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Sorry to but in on this topic but I was led to believe that as pensioners on the state system you only paid a small percentage depending on earnings. My husband is on 24 tablets per day all for ongoing conditions and and I am on 12 both of us on statins and BP and Blood thinning Meds. Have I been giving wrong information?
 

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Sorry to but in on this topic but I was led to believe that as pensioners on the state system you only paid a small percentage depending on earnings. My husband is on 24 tablets per day all for ongoing conditions and and I am on 12 both of us on statins and BP and Blood thinning Meds. Have I been giving wrong information?
No, it's true that pensioners in the state system pay only 10% of the cost of medication and it is capped at €8 per month for those whose income is below €18,000 pa. People are quoting the full cost of various drugs because those who move here below retirement age will have to pay 100% of the cost, even if they join the state health system under the convenio especial after being resident for at least a year.
 
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