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In short, what pain relief over the counter medications are available in the Philippines, do you have to see a doctor to get some serious stuff and or can u get Paracetamol in strong doses?

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You can get 500mg paracetamol tabs in the pharmacy’s. Not sure about other pain meds.

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Tramadol is available, you might need a prescription however.

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2 hours ago, GeoffH said:

Tramadol is available, you might need a prescription however.

No prescription needed in Duma 

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Was just wondering what you guys need the pain meds for if you don't mind my asking. I've got pains during the day but not enough to prevent me from sleeping yet. Mostly hip and joint pain. :wave:

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I can get Arcoxia (120mg tablets) over the counter which I use whenever I get a gout attack. 

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49 minutes ago, Arizona Kid said:

Was just wondering what you guys need the pain meds for if you don't mind my asking. I've got pains during the day but not enough to prevent me from sleeping yet. Mostly hip and joint pain. :wave:

I have arthritis which causes me varying amounts of pain different days, sometimes I hardly notice it and other days I struggle to walk or straighten up properly.

I use Diclofenic Sodium (generally sold branded as Voltaren) on my hands and my neck but it doesn't really do anything for the big joints down deep below the skin.  I get hip pain at night (I've always been a side sleeper and I just can't sleep on my back), if it gets too bad then a pain tablet taken before bed is enough most times to let me sleep. 

 And my doctor tells me not to use non-steroidal anti-inflamatories  (like iboprofen which I used before) because it interacts with my blood pressure medication.

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2 hours ago, GeoffH said:

I have arthritis

 1 Tablet of Aspirin has worked with me for Years now :thumbsup:

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30 minutes ago, Jack Peterson said:

 1 Tablet of Aspirin has worked with me for Years now :thumbsup:

I am prescribed aspirin for it’s blood thinning effect, I am not supposed to take more each day and the morning and early evening dose does not help later at night although it may be why I have less issues during the day?

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2 hours ago, GeoffH said:

I have arthritis which causes me varying amounts of pain different days, sometimes I hardly notice it and other days I struggle to walk or straighten up properly.

I use Diclofenic Sodium (generally sold branded as Voltaren) on my hands and my neck but it doesn't really do anything for the big joints down deep below the skin.  I get hip pain at night (I've always been a side sleeper and I just can't sleep on my back), if it gets too bad then a pain tablet taken before bed is enough most times to let me sleep. 

 And my doctor tells me not to use non-steroidal anti-inflamatories  (like iboprofen which I used before) because it interacts with my blood pressure medication.

In the PI I've never been asked for a scrip for tramadol. Some pharmacies have asked for a scrip for Viagra or some other drugs, but I just proceed to the next pharmacy. It's rare to still not be in possession of what I've been seeking after having been to 3 pharmacies.

Voltaren works on my hips and shoulder. I was disappointed that Voltaren is available only in 25g tubes. In the US I get it in 100g tubes. Four 25 mg tubes costs P1,300. Next time I come to the PI I'm bringing a lot of Voltaren. I use it in conjunction with Gabapentin, a NSAID like ibubprofen. The combination works well for me, and I'm also a side-sleeper. I'm unsure of the availability of Gapapentin in the PI since I brought a large supply with me.

 

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