Antibiotics from Mexico

Updated on June 06, 2013
S.K. asks from Castle Rock, CO
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Has anyone had experience with antibiotics from Mexico? Are they safe? Just want some feedback.

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H.M.

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There have been several news reports lately about drugs from Mexico. There is little government regulation for production, so you might end up with something that's the same as in the US or you might end up with something that doesn't work or is even harmful or deadly. In the past few years there has been an increase in demand for cheap Mexican drugs, so several pharmacutical companies in Mexico have started using cheap fillers in production. The news stories all had to do with the high content of lead poison in the medications (coming from the fillers used to "cut" the drugs). Many families interviewed had children with brain damage or even children who had died from taking lead laced drugs from Mexico.

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S.C.

answers from Provo on

Hi S., I have taken the amoxillin and it seems fine. Infact my family has taken it for about 13 years. I now get mine out of Canada cause it is cheaper. and they seem ok. I have been taking them for about 2 years. Hope that helps.

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R.M.

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I once got penicillin in Mexico, It worked fine...

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Y.R.

answers from Denver on

Personally, I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. Are you talking about buying branded drugs or generics? I recently watched a 60 minutes programme on counterfeiting. One of the big concerns was the producing of fake pharmceuticals (and done rather well) of well done brands and then using Mexico as the thoroughfare to the USA. Be very careful that you are purchasing from a reliable source.

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H.F.

answers from Pocatello on

I would not use any medications from Mexico, according to a pharmocology prof. I once spoke to, the meds from Mexico could be fine, or they could be worthless and ineffective, or they could be poisonous and even deadly! There is not nearly as much regulation of drugs in Mexico as in the USA. Don't try to save a buck by buying medication from out of the country, your health and the health of your family is worth more than that.

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N.T.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I have used several products from Mexico and never had a problem with any of them. However, my family has friends in Mexico, and we have always used a reputable pharmacist. I would say as long as you are going to a reputable pharmacist, and someone unknown to you, they should be fine. I would be careful from whom your purchase them.

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J.P.

answers from Colorado Springs on

I have never used any antibiotics from Mexico but I thought I would ask...are they really cheaper than the $4 you can pay at Walmart(other stores do that now, too) for hundreds of different prescription medications. Do you need a prescription to get them in Mexico? I can see why you might get them there if you didn't need a prescription but if you already have the prescription I would check and see if it's something on the $4 list. Also...if it's not on Walmart's list I would check around. That $4 is not for certain people...it's for everyone.

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C.C.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Be careful. My brother in law died from taking medication he got in Mexico. A friend of mine's in laws live in a condo in Mexico for 3/4 of the year and they have had some problems with meds as well. They don't have the same regulations we have here so you don't ever have a garauntee of what you are getting. Make sure it is a reputable source...and still be careful. Our family has an aching hole where BIL used to be.

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L.F.

answers from Pocatello on

We have used antibiotics from a very reputable pharmacy as have our friends for over 30 years now with absolutely NO problems and we love the price! We have saved many hundreds of dollars going over there ! Their products are great ! It's too bad the US can't give us the same deals !

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M.W.

answers from Fort Collins on

any drugs you get from Mexico are alot cheaper and are EXACTLY the same as the antibiotics you get here.
Been taking them for years.
Am from Arizona, so it was easier to get them.
Good luck and don't worry.

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T.D.

answers from Salt Lake City on

My husband and I went on a cruise and after we got to Mexico I realized that I had forgotten my medication at home. I was told to go into town and I could buy what I needed. Sure enough I was able to get an inhaler and the pills I needed. I had no problems with any of it.

B.D.

answers from Boise on

My parents bought some Amoxacillian (sp) and have used it a bit for simple things and have had no problem with it. But that is about all I know. That was also about three years ago. My dad had had some dental work done. Which he really liked and they had picked up the Amoxacillian at the same drug store they had used with the dentist.

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H.M.

answers from Colorado Springs on

There have been several news reports lately about drugs from Mexico. There is little government regulation for production, so you might end up with something that's the same as in the US or you might end up with something that doesn't work or is even harmful or deadly. In the past few years there has been an increase in demand for cheap Mexican drugs, so several pharmacutical companies in Mexico have started using cheap fillers in production. The news stories all had to do with the high content of lead poison in the medications (coming from the fillers used to "cut" the drugs). Many families interviewed had children with brain damage or even children who had died from taking lead laced drugs from Mexico.

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M.H.

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I got some antibiotics from mexico that my brother gave to me, Keflex 500mg, I took 2 for a sore throat. I went into anaphylactic shock, almost died. I was hospitalized after being taken by ambulance to hospital. I was admitted with blood pressure of 60/40 and could not breath. Thank God my husband was home and called an ambulance o transport me to hospital, Be Careful!!

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I got some antibiotics from mexico that my brother gave to me, Keflex 500mg, I took 2 for a sore throat. I went into anaphylactic shock, almost died. I was hospitalized after being taken by ambulance to hospital. I was admitted with blood pressure of 60/40 and could not breath. Thank God my husband was home and called an ambulance o transport me to hospital, Be Careful!!

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