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    are prescription drugs like allerga or brand name allergy drugs easily available in sxm. do u need a prescription and are the drugs significantly cheaper to buy on the island. w/o insurance allegra can get pretty expensive. since i quit my job; no job no insurance means buko mula for allegra. so should i wait to fill the prescription once i get to the island.

    also can u find most brand name drugs from the us there. my dad is on plavix and a crap load of other meds its gets pretty expensive here in the states. 30 days supply of plavix for close to 200 bucks if i get his doc to give me a prescription can i buy those drugs in sxm and bring it back with me when i come back each break...would it be significantly cheaper.

    also i don't know the policy of bringing prescription drugs back to the states does anyone know anything about that. don't need to get locked up trying to save 200 bucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shyilguy
    are prescription drugs like allerga or brand name allergy drugs easily available in sxm. do u need a prescription and are the drugs significantly cheaper to buy on the island. w/o insurance allegra can get pretty expensive. since i quit my job; no job no insurance means buko mula for allegra. so should i wait to fill the prescription once i get to the island.

    also can u find most brand name drugs from the us there. my dad is on plavix and a crap load of other meds its gets pretty expensive here in the states. 30 days supply of plavix for close to 200 bucks if i get his doc to give me a prescription can i buy those drugs in sxm and bring it back with me when i come back each break...would it be significantly cheaper.

    also i don't know the policy of bringing prescription drugs back to the states does anyone know anything about that. don't need to get locked up trying to save 200 bucks.
    prescription drugs are much cheaper on the island than home.....a prescription that i needed filled was $178 at home if i didnt have insurance but was $7 on the island. Granted it was generic but whatever. If you desperately need a medication i would not rely on it being there until you have already spoken to a pharmacist. They are great about ordering you things but it could take a couple months before they get it in stock. As for bringing prescription drugs back.....it depends on the drug. if you have 10 gallons of foot fungus antifungal no one is going to care. If you're carrying 300 xanax then yeh someone might care
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    prescription drugs are much cheaper on the island than home.....a prescription that i needed filled was $178 at home if i didnt have insurance but was $7 on the island. Granted it was generic but whatever. If you desperately need a medication i would not rely on it being there until you have already spoken to a pharmacist. They are great about ordering you things but it could take a couple months before they get it in stock. As for bringing prescription drugs back.....it depends on the drug. if you have 10 gallons of foot fungus antifungal no one is going to care. If you're carrying 300 xanax then yeh someone might care
    you can get what ever you want on the island. Go to the Maho pharmacy and they'll hook you up. My conversation with him when I was sick with the flu. "I need a zpac." "have you taken one before." "yes" "good, then I'll give you the heavy dose." "thank you."
    I just hate stupid people. They should have to wear signs that say I'm stupid. That way, you wouldn't rely on them would you. You wouldn't ask them anything. It'd be like, "excuse me...oops, nevermind, I didn't see your sign."

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    Quote Originally Posted by shyilguy

    also i don't know the policy of bringing prescription drugs back to the states does anyone know anything about that. don't need to get locked up trying to save 200 bucks.
    Who knows if there are any policies in place, however we brought our cat with us to St. Maarten and he's on Propranolol. The drug cost at least half in St. Maarten and our vet on the island prescribed nearly a year at a time so we had a ton extra that we brought home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shyilguy
    are prescription drugs like allerga or brand name allergy drugs easily available in sxm. do u need a prescription and are the drugs significantly cheaper to buy on the island. w/o insurance allegra can get pretty expensive. since i quit my job; no job no insurance means buko mula for allegra. so should i wait to fill the prescription once i get to the island.

    also can u find most brand name drugs from the us there. my dad is on plavix and a crap load of other meds its gets pretty expensive here in the states. 30 days supply of plavix for close to 200 bucks if i get his doc to give me a prescription can i buy those drugs in sxm and bring it back with me when i come back each break...would it be significantly cheaper.

    also i don't know the policy of bringing prescription drugs back to the states does anyone know anything about that. don't need to get locked up trying to save 200 bucks.
    Yes, you can get most anything but remember that many of their allergy meds are under different names. In my case I use Clarinex for my allergies, but it's called Aerius in Europe. Luckily the pharmacist at The Druggist in Simpson Bay was familiar with both names. So you might want to make a list of both the American and European names of your drugs just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrdad1
    Yes, you can get most anything but remember that many of their allergy meds are under different names. In my case I use Clarinex for my allergies, but it's called Aerius in Europe. Luckily the pharmacist at The Druggist in Simpson Bay was familiar with both names. So you might want to make a list of both the American and European names of your drugs just in case.
    or you can just learn the generic name
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    prescriptions

    You will need to see the doctor for some things, in order to get a prescription, so if you have one from the States, by all means bring it. Also, you will have to pay to get the prescription renewed. i.e. when you run out of a drug, you have to pay the doctor again to get a new prescription, no refills here (fee is $15).

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    FYI: Viagra is OTC here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cultural Infidel
    you can get what ever you want on the island. Go to the Maho pharmacy and they'll hook you up. My conversation with him when I was sick with the flu. "I need a zpac." "have you taken one before." "yes" "good, then I'll give you the heavy dose." "thank you."
    If it was, in fact, "the flu", too bad the flu is a virus and your zpac was wasted money. You know what they say if someone has a chest cold it will go away in a week, however if you give them antibiotics it will go away in only 7 days.

    Also, lots of people stock up on drugs going back home. I would say since there's not a huge black market for plavix you should be fine. My wife frequently could not get her bcp's because since you didn't need a script for bcp's in St. Maarten, tourists would frequently come in and buy the stores entire stock (like 18 or so months worth!). She was on Yasmin which is like $50-60 w/o insurance ($25 w/ insurance) but it was $9 in St. Maarten.

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    the female pharmacist at the drug store in simpson bay next to the power company and the bank went to UF for pharmacy school so she knows all the US drugs and all their counterparts she was quite helpful
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