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Manne
2/21/2020 15:02 EST

Hello -

I'm looking for information on Pain Mgmt Medications.

What is available in Uruguay? I've done some research and found they do not have the Narco my husband takes and I'm wondering if there would be any equivalent. By Narco, I mean Hydrocodone. He's had many surgeries on his back, implants, more surgeries all i the last 3 years. For now, pain meds are necessary.

Any information would be helpful. Is anyone in the same situation?

Thank you for any and all information!

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carlitos
2/21/2020 16:32 EST

Yes, there is something like that here.

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Morell
2/21/2020 16:36 EST

According to the website Assoc. Espanola is the only Mutualista with a Pain Clinic.
https://www.asesp.com.uy/Servicios/Dolor-Cronico-uc795

I have found that natural methods are popular here with doctors. For example, I had problems with my knee and following an Xray was given 6 months of medication which was made from soy and avocado.

Medications are dispensed sparingly and from my experience, narcotics need a specialist to prescribe them.

Your husband would have to first be accepted into a Mutualista, and then see a general practioner who would refer him to a specialist if he felt it was appropriate and that doctor would give him what he/ she felt was needed possibly following scans, tests etc. If he does not speak fluent Spanish, he might need an interpreter with him.

If it is a pre existing condition, some Mutualistas may not accept him. The public system here is meant for low income locals and those unemployed.

We were told anyone applying for residence is expected to pay for their healthcare although I do know some expats who avail themselves of the free service. They do check your income if you go this route.

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Expat91364
2/21/2020 16:45 EST

To give you fair warning Uruguay can be weird about medications, even bringing them in your suitcase with the prescription attached from the pharmacy.

I got stopped this last time coming home with a 6 month supply of a Diabetes drug not sold here and crazy expensive. Customs wanted to confiscate it until I could get the local health department to approve it, get a prescription for it from a local doctor. etc.

Nightmare! On the other hand all the other meds I take for my Diabetes are sold over the counter without a prescription here. Go figure?

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Expat91364
2/21/2020 16:45 EST

To give you fair warning Uruguay can be weird about medications, even bringing them in your suitcase with the prescription attached from the pharmacy.

I got stopped this last time coming home with a 6 month supply of a Diabetes drug not sold here and crazy expensive. Customs wanted to confiscate it until I could get the local health department to approve it, get a prescription for it from a local doctor. etc.

Nightmare! On the other hand all the other meds I take for my Diabetes are sold over the counter without a prescription here. Go figure?

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sunshinesam
2/22/2020 13:41 EST

Good luck with that. I had open heart surgery in Montevideo at Espanola and when released, they gave me something akin to tylenol for pain.

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uruguayanfarmer
2/23/2020 18:36 EST

Your husband sounds just like me. I need to get this same problem resolved before we move. I am tagging on here to see if there are any additional "helpful" post replies.
I thought of combining a property search recon visit along with an appt. at a mutualista to ask these important questions. After an online chat session with farmashop, I was able to verify all but 2 of the meds that I take can be obtain in country. The other 2 which are very important were not. In fact the CSR said that NORCO was not marketed in UY but other opiods were available. Does anyone have experience communicating directly with a mutualista to discuss the prescription and disbursement of these types of medications?

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Expat91364
2/24/2020 08:45 EST

Mutualistas may not accept you if you have preexisting conditions or are of a certain age so be careful with that!

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