Torremolinos Tourist Information
Chemists
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Chemist Shops
Chemist shops are everywhere in Spain and their digital electronic signs outclass even those of nightclubs. There will always be one open in the area that you live. The duty chemist will be listed on the door or window of every other chemist, so you can always find one. In Torremolinos, there is a 24/7 pharmacy at Avenida Manantiales, 28 (Near corner of Avenida de Sorolla).
Medicines
There are many drugs that are on prescription in the UK that are available over the counter at chemist shops. If you are taking medicines regularly for things such as blood pressure control then it is worth asking at a pharmacy as they may well be cheap. When you come on holiday bring a copy of your prescription with you. Some drugs have a different name here and the pharmacist will be able to work out what you want from the prescription.

Remember, though, that some medicines are expensive. While many are only two or three euros, a Seratide inhaler, for example, is over sixty euros. With a prescription it is about four euros.

You are unlikely to be able to get sleeping tablets and the like in this way. For those you will need a prescription from a doctor. It is also illegal to sell antibiotics without a prescription, though there are one or two places that still do.

Metamizol, a painkiller, should not be sold to British people as it has been involved in some deaths. It only appears to affect north Europeans.

Recently, 1000mg paracetamol and 600mg ibuprofen have been put on prescription to reduce liklihood of suicide attempts. This seems to be a rather pointless decision as it is still possible to buy more packs of the lower strength ones. It is a bit like only being allowed to buy two packets of paracetamol in the UK.
Headaches and similar
Unlike in the UK, you cannot buy aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, cough mixtures, antacids and the like in supermarkets. These are only available from chemist shops (as they were in the UK some years ago) and as a result they are more expensive than in the UK. You will not find paracetamol at 16p a packet as you can in Asda. But also you are not limited to two packets at a time as you are in the UK.

The strengths may also be different to the UK so take care that you don't take too many. In the UK paracetamol are 500mg, ibuprofen are 200mg and aspirin are 300mg.

If you buy other medicines, the instructions will probably only be in Spanish. Look them up on the internet. You will often find English language instructions there as many drugs are universal.

Some cough mixtures, like Benylin Original, don't appear to have an exact equivalent in Spain. Rennies are available but expensive. Ask for Almax instead, though they are not cheap.

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Last updated 20th February 2020