Thursday, September 20, 2012

Farmacia to the Rescue

For the last couple of days, I have been a little sick. Nothing to worry about, just the common cold: sore throat, plugged up nose, coughing, that sort of thing. I figured that it would go away within a day or two. However, after four days I was getting tired of not feeling my best, so I made my first trip to a farmacia or pharmacy (if you could not figure that out).

I was surpised at the wide range of goods the farmacia offered. For cough syrups and adult diapers to barbie dolls and make-up. I guess it was really like a Walgreens packed into a really tiny room.

Well, I knew what I wanted, amoxicillin, and I was glad I did not have to go to the doctor to get a prescription. In my house in the states, amoxicillin is a quick fix to most illnesses (ear infections, sore throats, etc.) so whenever someone has a prescription for it, we take as little as possible until we feel better. Then we save the rest for the next time someone gets sick. Thus we avoid having to pay the doctor when we already know what we need. 

But here in Nicaragua, guarding Amoxicillin is unheard of.  At the farmacia, I simply asked for the pills and ten seconds and 20 cordobas (less than a dollar) later I had 10 pills of amoxicillin. Today after a couple doses I am feeling great! Thanks Farmacias!!

1 comment:

  1. Now you know why people like to go to Mexico and pick up some amoxicillin over the counter! I've done that before, but I think I got a big enough bottle that it expired before I could ever finish it. Guess I don't get as sick as often as the cooties run through your big family. You'll have to bring some back as a souvenir!