Did you know that you can get a whole laundry list of medications over the counter in the Philippines? Many medications that require a prescription in the United States and other countries can easily be obtained over the counter here in the Philippines.
Really, as far as I know, the only medications that require a prescription here are narcotics, and sometimes even they can be obtained at the pharmacy, if you are a regular customer. Things like medication for blood pressure, diabetes, antibiotics and other such drugs require no prescription, and can be purchased at online pharmacy by anybody with the money. For example, I have several medications that I take regularly for different long term ailments, and I never need a prescription.
Recently, a friend told me that here in the Philippines, he felt that he could self-medicate himself to death! I suppose that is true if you go too far. In my opinion, being able to obtain medications that you have been taking for the long term is OK. But, I also think it is important to go to a doctor for regular checkups and to ensure that the medications that you are taking are still the appropriate choice for your condition. Also, if you have any kind of serious sickness, a doctor’s visit is certainly in order.
Here’s to your health!