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Can I Buy Promethazine Codeine Syrup In Mexico?

Promethazine and codeine combination is used to relieve cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, or other symptoms caused by allergies or the common cold. Promethazine is an antihistamine. It works by preventing the effects of a substance called histamine, which is produced by the body. Histamine can cause itching, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. It can sometimes close up the bronchial tubes (air passages of the lungs) and make breathing difficult. Codeine belongs to the group of medicine called narcotic analgesics (pain medicines). It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain.

Thousands of Americans cross the border every year in order to save a great deal of money buying prescription drugs. This is a major industry, and sales to foreigners accounts for a significant part of the more than 11 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of pharmaceutical products sold last year. Despite these numbers, however, too many Americans have little or no information about purchasing prescription drugs in Mexico.

Mexican Pharmacies

There are two ‘classes’ of farmacias (pharmacies). The most common is sequnda clase (second class), which is allowed to sell all but regulated medicines. Pharmacies that sell controlled or regulated drugs are referred to as primera clase. Controlled medicines are those that are deemed as having a high potential for abuse. If the word ‘controlado” is used, it means that the drug is controlled and you cannot buy it over the counter without a prescription from a recognized and registered Mexican doctor. To get Promethazine Codeine Syrup in Mexico you will need a doctor’s prescription.

Are Mexican Promethazine Codeine Syrup safe?

There’s reason to believe that prescription medication from some Mexican pharmacies in towns close to the American border may actually be both affordable and safe. In fact, a health insurer in Utah incentivized members to buy certain prescription drugs at a contracted clinic in Tijuana in an effort to reduce costs.

How to Safely Buy Mexican Promethazine Codeine Syrup

According to the singlecare guide for buying prescription drugs in Mexico, you should:

Find a pharmacy you trust: If you’re considering buying Promethazine Codeine Syrup over the border, make sure to buy them from licensed, established pharmacies—not random individuals who may try to sell you medicine outside of those places.

Don’t buy medicine without your doctor’s approval: Always—it’s worth repeating: ALWAYS—listen to your doctor’s recommendations for prescription medication. Even though other medications may be available for sale without a prescription, they could harm your health.

Be careful about what you bring back: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has strict rules about bringing medicine across the border. Generally, three-month supplies of some prescriptions accompanied by a note from your doctor are acceptable.

If you’re not planning a trip abroad, can you order Promethazine Codeine Syrup from Mexico?

It’s a common question—and can seem much easier than traveling across the border. With medications seemingly just a click away, it can be tempting to just hit order, then wait and see. But, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends against buying prescriptions from other countries because the regulation of drug manufacturing may be more lax, or the pharmacy may be a fake. And, if you order without a prescription ,your Promethazine Codeine Syrup package could be seized.

If you do decide to order Promethazine Codeine Syrup from a Mexican pharmacy online, make sure to follow the FDA recommendations. Check into licensure, and look for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s (NABP) Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites™ Seal, also known as the VIPPS® Seal.

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Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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