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Facts About Pharmacies in Nicaragua

When we told friends and family that we were moving to Nicaragua the first question they always asked was,

“Is it safe there?”

And the second ever popular question was, 

“What about health care?”

About a month ago we posted an article about doctors, emergency services and hospitals here in Nicaragua.  Although our family doctor is well trained, inexpensive to visit and readily accessible when we go to see him – there is always a wait.  

But lucky for us if we happen to have a minor ailment we have the option of going to one of many pharmacies. Surprisingly many pharmacies in Nicaragua even have a doctor on-site available to do quick consultations.  

In Granada our pharmacy of choice is Farmacia El Rosario.  We’re not sure who Rosario is, but Manuel the pharmacist speaks English very well, and more importantly knows his business.  

– Manuel has proved to be an excellent source for information when it comes to our health.

Each time Elisha & I have gone to see Manuel he listens attentively while we describe our aliment in detail. He’ll ask a question or two before walking to the shelf to get what we need. He usually comes back with a couple of choices to discuss with us.  He gives us the facts, lists the pros & cons of each medication and helps us make an informed decision on which is best for us.  

Although Manuel’s not a doctor he has been in the business long enough to have seen just about every type of ailment come and go through his pharmacy. His hours are great and he always greets us with a welcoming smile.  

What’s even better about Farmacia El Rosario?  No waiting room!  In fact, there really is no room.  If  you take one full step off the street you are standing at the counter.  

Many of the drugs we have purchased at Rosario’s would require a prescription if purchased in Canada, but here in Nicaragua just about everything can be bought “over the counter”.  The costs of common medications are much lower than in Canada or the United States with the more complex meds priced similar to what you’d pay in Canada. All tablets are sold per pill. If you don’t need 50 Gravol – that will expire before you ever use them – you can buy just two.

Although we haven’t had any major medical mishaps since we left Canada 8 months ago we can now say with confidence that health care in Nicaragua is still not a concern.

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