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Medicines in Chapala, Mexico
Updated May, 2021
(See current medical experience and
pricing at bottom of page)
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
If you are visiting or moving to
the US or Canada and are on specific medications, you may be interested in
the information below. These are current prices from several pharmacies in
town. Some give Generic pricing along with the patented medicine price.
These prices are listed below as well as the drugs themselves and what they are most commonly
used for. Most of these medicines can be purchased by simply walking into a
pharmacy without a prescription. We encourage you to take responsibility for
your health and for what you purchase.
We also share typical medical experiences
that we have had here in town, to demonstrate to you the ease with which we
receive our medical care.
Editor's Note: We are not
encouraging drug use, nor are we prescribing it. The following is for
information only. If you are curious about medical alternatives to common
prescription drugs, see our
Medical Alternative Health Care Page If you are interested in learning
more about Medical Tourism,
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Advair Diskus (fluticasone)
Currently there are 13.7 million users of this drug in the U.S. It works by
relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing. Advair inhalation is a
combination medicine used to prevent asthma attacks. It is also used to
prevent flare-ups or worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
associated with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. For Avamys
spray, 460 Pesos.
Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs
to a class of medications called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and
nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. It works by
enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).
For 30 pills, 2mg 450 Pesos.
Brospina Buprenorphine is powerful as an opioid analgesic
classified as a thebain-derived agonist-antagonist . Indicated in the
management of moderate to severe pain in both chronic and acute conditions;
in nociceptive and mixed pain. Can be used in multimodal analgesic
techniques, or as single-drug therapy.
For 6 injections 480Pesos.
Clonazepam This medication is known as an anticonvulsant or
antiepileptic drug. It is also used to treat panic attacks. Clonazepam works
by calming your brain and nerves. It belongs to a class of drugs called
benzodiazepines. For 2 mg, 30 tablets 120 Pesos.
Crestor (rosuvastatin) Currently
there are 21/4 million users of this drug in the U.S. Crestor (rosuvastatin)
belongs to a a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins."
Rosuvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein,
or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good"
cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Generic price is 20mg, 30 pills for
Hospital San Antonio health packages
Currently there are 9.1 million users of this drug in the U.S. Januvia (sitagliptin)
is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. It works
by regulating the levels of insulin your body produces after eating. Januvia
is for treating people with type 2 diabetes. For 100 mg Patented 1,360 Pesos for 28
pills. Generic for 14 pills, 409 Pesos.
Lantus Solostar (insuline glargine)
Currently there are 10.9
million users of this drug in the U.S. Lantus (insulin glargine) is a man
made, long-acting form of human insulin that is used in the treatment of
adults and children with type 1 diabetes to control blood glucose (sugar)
levels. Lantus is also approved for the use in adults with type 2 diabetes.
For 100ml, Generic is 580Pesos/ Patented is 2,042Pesos for same.
sold under the brand name Neurontin among
others, is an anticonvulsant medication primarily used to treat partial
seizures and neuropathic pain. It is a first-line medication for the
treatment of neuropathic pain caused by diabetic neuropathy, postherpetic
neuralgia, and central pain. 160 Pesos per box.
(pregabalin) Currently there are 10 million users of this drug. It’s now
one of the 10 most prescribed drugs in the United States. Lyrica (pregabalin)
is a medication that is chemically and structurally similar to Neurontin
(gabapentin) and is used for a wide variety of things: seizure disorder,
pain and anxiety. For 150 mg, 28 capsules, 119 Pesos.
Nexium (esomeprazole) Currently
there are 15.2 million users of this drug in the U.S. Nexium (esomeprazole)
is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the
stomach. Nexium is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease
(GERD) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as
For 40 mg patented medicine is 750 Pesos for 14 tablets.
Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium)
Currently there are 9.6
million users of this drug in the U.S. Spiriva (tiotropium) is a bronchodilator
that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs.
Spiriva is used to prevent bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways in the
lungs) in adults with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),
including bronchitis and emphysema. Patented 1,430 Pesos for 30 capsules.
Currently there are 21.5 million
users of this drug in the U.S. Levothyroxine is used to treat an under-active
thyroid (hypothyroidism). It replaces or provides more thyroid hormone,
which is normally produced by the thyroid gland. For 100mg Generic price is 100 pills for
Ventolin HFA (albuterol) Currently
there are 18.2 million users of this drug in the U.S. Ventolin (albuterol)
is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air
flow to the lungs. Ventolin HFA is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in
people with reversible obstructive airway disease. Albuterol inhalation is
also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. Salbutamol is
Pesos for 100 mg tablets. Patented price for 4mg tablets, 390 Pesos for 30 tablets.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamne) Currently there are 10.4 million users of
this drug in the U.S. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a central nervous system
stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to
hyperactivity and impulse control. Vyvanse is used to treat attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children who are at
least 6 years. For 30mg tablets, patented medicine is 1,120 Pesos.
Pricing listed on the office wall for
This is a price chart on the wall of one
of our doctors - a man who does both western and eastern medicine. The first
consultation is 400Pesos, a follow up consultation is 300Pesos. Acupuncture
treatment is 400Pesos a session. Laser therapy is also 400Pesos.
You can get your ears cleared of wax for
Miscellaneous drugs, vitamins and pricing
Fluorouracil works by causing the death of cells which are growing
fastest, such as abnormal skin cells. Fluorouracil topical (for the skin) is
used to treat scaly overgrowths of skin (actinic or solar keratoses).
Fluorouracil topical may also be used in the treatment of superficial basal
cell carcinoma. A 20g tube is 750 Pesos.
Lisinopril is a medication of the
angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor class used to treat high blood
pressure, heart failure, and after heart attacks. For high blood pressure it
is usually a first line treatment. Lisinopril – 30 tabs, 52 Pesos for
Losartan Potassium keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers
blood pressure and improves blood flow. Losartan is used to treat high blood
pressure (hypertension). It is also used to lower the risk of stroke in
certain people with heart disease. A box of 30 tabs, 50 mg is 66 Pesos
Metformin, sold under the brand
name Glucophage among others, is the first-line medication for the treatment
of type 2 diabetes, particularly in people who are overweight. It is also
used in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. It is not associated
with weight gain. It is taken by mouth. 850 mg, 49 Pesos per box.
Restasis-Ciclospornia Restasis eye
drops contain cyclosporine which is an immunosuppressant. Cyclosporine can
increase tear production that has been reduced by inflammation in the eye(s).
290 Pesos per bottle.
Sildenafil, sold as the
brand name Viagra among others, is a medication used to treat erectile
dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is unclear if it is
effective for treating sexual dysfunction in women. It is taken by mouth or
injection into a vein. 100mg
tablets, 113 Pesos for 4 tabs.
Tadalafil, sold under the brand
name Cialis among others, is a medication used to treat erectile
dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and pulmonary arterial
hypertension. It is a tablet taken by mouth. Onset is typically within half
an hour and the duration is up to 36 hours. Cialis 20 mg. 1 tab is
120 Pesos for Generic.
Telmisartan, sold under the brand
name Micardis among others, is a medication used to treat high blood
pressure, heart failure, and diabetic kidney disease. It is a reasonable
initial treatment for high blood pressure. It is taken by mouth. 40mg, 14
Tabs 72-90 Pesos.
Bayer Aspirin 500 mg 20 tabs 35 Pesos
mg, 10 capsules 22 Pesos
Diclofenaco 2.32% 100 gram tube, 195 Pesos
100 gummies for adults with royal jelly, 189Pesos
Complete B vitamin,
90 capsules, 40 Pesos
Fish Oil softgels,
1000 mg, 300 capsules 234 Pesos
Farmacias Altimed San Judas Tadeo
Avenida Francisco I. Madero No. 230-A
Colonio Centro 45900 Chapala, Jalisco
Tele:01. 376. 765. 7726
These pharmacies sell patented medicines,
generics, homeopathic, dermatology products, controlled medicines and
various assortment of products daily. Be sure to check out the pharmacy at
Wal*Mart and Soriana as well.
Typical medical experiences
One of the things we enjoy very much
about living in Chapala, is our quick, easy and affordable access to health
care. Below we have listed some recent experiences we have had with a
dentist, a dermatologist, a blood lab, and a cardiologist. Take a look!
Billy's dentist returns Billy's call on his cell
phone and Billy sets up an appointment for a cleaning for 2 days later.
Cost is 300Pesos for the cleaning.
I email a
dermatologist in the neighboring town for pricing and to
schedule an appointment. She returns my email with pricing listed, and I get
an appointment the following week on Tuesday. After a very thorough
examination, she wants me to take a blood test and return the
same week on Friday to have some biopsies taken. Price 350Pesos.
Thursday (after my dermatologist
appointment), I walk the 3 blocks to the lab to have my blood checked.
I get there at 8 am when it opens. The
lab technician takes my blood, and my email address as well as the doctor’s
email address and says she’ll email the results on Friday at 2 pm. Price,
I explain to her that my appointment with
the dermatologist is at 1:30pm on Friday – is it possible to get the results
to her before then? She says no worries, and will
get the results to her by noon.
2 days later, back at the
When I arrive at the dermatologist’s, she
has my blood test results and we discuss them. She takes my biopsies and
says that I’ll have the results in 2 weeks (due to the Holidays). Price for
the 2 biopsies, 1,000Pesos.
On a Friday Billy walks 5 blocks to a clinic to
arrange for an echo cardiogram test. No doctor referral just walk in. They
schedule him at 11:30 am on the following Tuesday. He receives his echo
printed results. Price: 1,500Pesos.
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