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Antacids

crhutch

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(2010) March/April SJPP to Santiago and hence to Finisterre
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What antacids are available in Spain? I am assuming TUMS and ROlAIDS are not available. I did a quick google search and found Almax, but at 7 euros for a box of 20 it’s pretty expensive.
 
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This page from a Spanish online pharmacy should give an idea of the range of antacids available. I live in the UK and I usually find over-the-counter medicines in Spain are more expensive than at home. Probably because they are not generally sold in supermarkets and general stores in Spain as they are here.

 
Tru dat...the number of farmacias in the Sarria Santiago route that had limited to no over the counter medications was...well, let's just say greater than one.

If you're a regular consumer of a specific brand, I suggest bringing them with you.
 
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Tru dat...the number of farmacias in the Sarria Santiago route that had limited to no over the counter medications was...well, let's just say greater than one.
I'm a little confused here. Are you saying that the pharmacies in Spain tended not to have "over the counter medications" as opposed to "by prescription only." I don't think that is quite true, although the way they handle and dispense them is often different.

The pharmacies in Spain do not have shelves full of competing brand medications for customers to browse and select from. Rather, you are more often expected to ask the pharmacist for a medication, and they will advise you on what they have, then bringing it to you. (They often speak English.) A supermarket may have a selection of cheaper commonly-used products. A pharmacy carries a few items such as sunscreen but they may be higher-end products and quite expensive. A supermarket will have the cheaper products.
 
A very helpful link for the brandnames of antacids available in Spain. FWIW, I recognise two names: Rennie and Gaviscon. Gaviscon because I bought it once in a pharmacy in Burgos and Rennie because I've probably known about their existence for a good 50 years. I just googled it: Rennie® tidies up the stomach is a slogan that has been known since 1965 and is still one of the most prominent advertising slogans in Germany. Both of them are prescription free over-the-counter medicines (in Spain).

BTW and just confirming previous comments: In Burgos I did not ask for a specific brand. I just explained what I wanted something for and Gaviscon was what the pharmacist gave me. And I still remember how surprised I was during a first visit to the UK that there you could just grab medicine from the shelves yourself instead of it being given to you by the pharmacist who keeps their pills on shelves behind the counter or in their backroom! 🙂
 
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A supermarket may have a selection of cheaper commonly-used products
But you can't buy ibuprofen, cough medicine or allergy medicine in supermarkets. (at least none that I've seen)
Toiletries like sunscreen, toothpaste, and lip balm are generally quite a bit less expensive in supermarkets than pharmacies.
 
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What antacids are available in Spain? I am assuming TUMS and ROlAIDS are not available. I did a quick google search and found Almax, but at 7 euros for a box of 20 it’s pretty expensive.
I bring Pepto with me and take two each day. This helps me adjust to a change in diet. The food in Spain is great. Pepto does not translate bring your medications.
 
What antacids are available in Spain? I am assuming TUMS and ROlAIDS are not available. I did a quick google search and found Almax, but at 7 euros for a box of 20 it’s pretty expensive.
You are lucky. “Rennie” an antacid chewable made by Bayer, is available in several flavors, in most any farmacia in Spain.

I have seen them, in their bright red box, across most of Europe. It is not sold in food stores. It’s a Euro thing.

It is not currently available in the US. At least I have not seen it. The ingredients are common in many OTC antacid products in the US. But, not in this combination. I found it fast and very effective. Just follow the directions.

They are superior to any OTC antacid I found in the US. I had a bariatric lap-band on my stomach from 2005-2019. Antacids we’re almost a daily need for me.

Just ask the pharmacist for “Rennie.”

Hope this helps.

Tom
 
What antacids are available in Spain? I am assuming TUMS and ROlAIDS are not available. I did a quick google search and found Almax, but at 7 euros for a box of 20 it’s pretty expensive.
I brought tums with me as occasionally I do have issues with unfamiliar foods but I didn’t use any.
 
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An antacid is something that everyone should have in their personal medicine kit, no matter where you travel! Bring some with you. If you run out, I'm sure you can find something similar in Spain.

-Paul
 
An antacid is something that everyone should have in their personal medicine kit, no matter where you travel! Bring some with you. If you run out, I'm sure you can find something similar in Spain.

-Paul
I carry just enough of most everything essential in my med kit to get me to the next farmacia.
 
An antacid is something that everyone should have in their personal medicine kit, no matter where you travel! Bring some with you. If you run out, I'm sure you can find something similar in Spain.

-Paul
Pain reliever/fever reducer, just enough to get you to the next farmacia. I've never traveled with antacid in my emergency kit in 40+ years of travel.
 
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