Home Costa Rica Forum Costa Rica Guide Moving to Costa Rica Real Estate Healthcare in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Resources
City Guides
Cigna International Health Insurance
JoinSign In
Cigna International Health Insurance

Costa Rica Expat Forum

PRESCRIPTIONS.

Post New Topic
Mexicoron
6/16/2017 00:54 EST

I am a mildly disable U.S. Marine and I am moving to Costa Rica in August. I take many Medications for heart and diabetes etc and need the best process for locating my specific Prescriptions. Greatly appreciate the forum to make reasonable suggestions for getting my RX's filled on a regular basis. I need friends, I have no family and I am a senior, but semi-active coming down for my last adventure. also, some positive idea's what city to live so I can find a reasonable but nice little apartment, somewhere where I can fit in. for what area to live so I do not end up in the wrong area.

Post a Reply

00abuse

lindyluvsCR
6/16/2017 10:01 EST

Grecia, Alejuela is a small city of about 17,000 people. If you are friendly, it is not difficult to make friends. There are 2 main cafes where gringos meet in the mornings cor chit chat. Making friends anywhere downtown, requires you being proactive in friendliness. Also can meet more Gringos about 1pm on Friday at the Farmers Market, and anywhere else downtown.

Of course, making friends with Ticos means Spanish.

Many medications can be purchases here with no prescription. The best way is the march in the farmacia, and ask for a refill. If they can't they won't. But I would not even suggest to them or put in the sentence the possibility of needing one, to give them ideas. You may be surprised.

When I get contacts in the US, I am forced to get an exam even ifI know I am having no problem. I recently went to eye place, and showed them the my last box for both eyes, and got a box of six. Also in the US, you have to get a box with several boxes, but not here.

Also with meds here, you can get, for example, buy just 3 or 4 benedryls, and a few pain meds, however many pills you want.

Nice benefit, and your meds don't get old before you use them all and get wasted.

Look up grecia real estate.net for pics and prices for apts or house.

Send personal message, and we with info when you will come, and be happy to show you where the cafes are, and real estate guy will take you around until you find something you like. He can be contacted before, or after you get here from the website.


Pura Vida.

Post a Reply

00abuse

expat health insurance from CIGNA

Choosing an expat health insurance provider is an important decision. Get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. With Cigna Global Health Options, you can create an international health insurance plan that's perfectly tailored for the needs of you and your family.

Learn More Get a Quote

Kohl
6/16/2017 15:07 EST

If you have applied and been given residency in Costa Rica, it is mandatory that you are affiliated with CAJA the socialized medical system here.
Then, CAJA will provide many, if not all of your Rx's, at no additional charge. During the waiting period you will be required to purchase what you need 'over the counter' as 'lindyluvsCR' explained.

http://costaricalaw.com/costa-rica-legal-topics/immigration-and-residency/residency-general-information-and-summary/

Post a Reply

00abuse

Roseanna
6/16/2017 15:36 EST

My husband has heart issues too. Very very high blood pressure. He has no trouble getting meds here... they are not the exact brand that he had in the states but it works

Post a Reply

00abuse

lindyluvsCR
6/16/2017 18:41 EST

Rarely take meds, but it is our experience, and hearing from others who do, even if not the same brand or whatever, the meds here are BETTER and more effective.

Post a Reply

00abuse

playasdelcoco
6/16/2017 22:09 EST

LindyLuvsCR,
My husband and I also take medication for high blood pressure.
When I first went to the Clinic (we are legal residents for those who don't know) I showed them the medication we were taking in Canada. He said even though the pills look different as well as the name, they are the same.
We get the medication for free (Lindy, for those who don't know).

Post a Reply

00abuse

expat health insurance from CIGNA

Choosing an expat health insurance provider is an important decision. Get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. With Cigna Global Health Options, you can create an international health insurance plan that's perfectly tailored for the needs of you and your family.

Learn More Get a Quote

shermanwc
6/16/2017 22:25 EST

In general, you can get many medications in CR without a prescription, but most medications will be generic rather than brand name. I don't think that they are any better, but they should meet your needs.

I take blood pressure and thyroid medications. I cannot get one of the thyroid medications that I prefer, only the generic version of the most common medication.

Pills generally come in "blister packs" with each pill sealed . That is fine for infrequently used medications and is good for protection against humidity, but it can be costly for regularly used medications. For example, my wife takes ibuprofen regularly for back pain - a bottle of 100 pills from the USA is much lower cost than blister packs of individual pills in CR! I now have CAJA and can get most regular prescriptions at no additional cost.

Post a Reply

00abuse

Wannaretire
6/17/2017 11:25 EST

Kohl-
Thank you for that link. It was very helpful. We are trying to decide between Costa Rica and Panama for retirement.

Post a Reply

00abuse

Kohl
6/17/2017 14:13 EST

Mexicoron, would you not be better to live in the Central Valley, nearer to the VA hospital which is located in Heredia?

Playas del Coco is a 4 hour bus ride from there.

Post a Reply

00abuse

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Costa Rica.

International Moving Quotes

Moving to Costa Rica? Get a moving quote.


Mail Forwarding to Costa Rica

Mail Forwarding to Costa Rica.


Expat Tax

Expat Tax Preparation, Expat Tax Professionals

Join Today (free)

Join Expat Exchange to meet expats in your area or get advice before your move. It's FREE and takes 1 minute!

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Costa Rica from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Culture-Shock-in-San-RafaelAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in San Rafael, Costa Rica

An expat who has had some challenges with the culture in Costa Rica makes some pointed observations about his experiences.

An expat who has had some challenges with the culture in Costa Rica makes some pointed observations about his experiences. ...

Living-in-MatapaloAn Expat Discusses Living in Matapalo, Costa Rica

An expat in Matapalo, Costa Rica talks about living in this laid back beach town on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. He advises other newcomers to be prepared to blend in and slow down.

An expat in Matapalo, Costa Rica talks about living in this laid back beach town on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. He advises other newcomers to be prepared to blend in and slow down. ...

10 Tips for Living in Costa Rica

Should you wear jeans and a t-shirt in San Jose? Did you know that one place may have twice the rain and be windy compared to another place 10km away? Read our 10 Tips for Living in Costa Rica for insights from expats who have been there and done that.

Should you wear jeans and a t-shirt in San Jose? Did you know that one place may have twice the rain and be windy compared to another place 10km away? Read our 10 Tips for Living in Costa Rica for i...

7 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a relatively safe, eco-friendly, expat-friendly destination with gorgeous beaches and friendly locals. Many expats say that housing and food prices in Costa Rica are high. We've gathered information submitted by expats about Tamarindo, Dominical, Ojochal, Atenas, Escazu, Grecia and others popular towns.

Costa Rica is a relatively safe, eco-friendly, expat-friendly destination with gorgeous beaches and friendly locals. Many expats say that housing and food prices in Costa Rica are high. We've gathere...

5 Tips For Living in San Jose, Costa Rica

The majority of expats in San Jose, actually choose to live not in the city, but outside of it. There are great options in the surrounding area, including places that are closer to the coast than San Jose.

The majority of expats in San Jose, actually choose to live not in the city, but outside of it. There are great options in the surrounding area, including places that are closer to the coast than San...

Top 5 Reasons Expats Move to Central America

From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America.
From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America....

10 Expats Talk About What It's Like Living in Costa Rica

Expats living in Costa Rica talk about Pura Vida, deciding where to live in Costa Rica, meeting people and more.
Expats living in Costa Rica talk about Pura Vida, deciding where to live in Costa Rica, meeting people and more....

Costa Rica Guide
Other Links
Our Story Our Team Contact Us Submit an Article Advertising Travel Warnings

Copyright 1997-2019 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal