Spanish in Nicaragua

At the Pharmacy

Someone buying medicine at a pharmacy

In addition to prescription and non-prescription medications, one can purchase beauty products, soaps, and toiletries in the pharmacies. Unlike the United States, prescriptions are not necessary for most medications unless the medicine is highly specialized. Pharmacists are always willing to help prescribe and can take blood pressure. There also is usually a scale for customers to use.

Many qualified professionals, unable to get work in their particular fields, have ended up trained as pharmacists. For this reason, it is not unusual to find pharmacies operating out of private homes as well as out of independent storefronts or hospitals. There are usually several pharmacies in each city open around the clock.