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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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