Spanish in Spain

The Pharmacy

A pharmacy

Pharmacies in Spain sell only products that relate to physical health and cleanliness. One will find both over-the-counter and prescription medications, skin care products, make-up, nutritional supplements, orthopedic shoes and supports, bandages, and baby products. Pharmacists are trained to take blood pressure and to help in choosing over-the-counter medications. A scale is normally available for customer use. Generally, antibiotics and more potent medications require a doctor’s prescription. Over-the-counter medications do not tend to be expensive; however, more specific medications can be.

Pharmacies are open on a daily basis from 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., and then take turns being on call for emergency, after-hours clientele. A weekly schedule of 24-hour pharmacies is posted both in the local daily newspaper and on a sign inside each pharmacy.