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Costs of Popular Medicines in Chapala, Mexico

Updated January, 2020

(See current medical experience and pricing at bottom of page)

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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If you are visiting or moving to Chapala, Mexico from the US or Canada and are on specific medications, you may be interested in the information below. These are current prices from several pharmacies in town. Some give Generic pricing along with the patented medicine price.

These prices are listed below as well as the drugs themselves and what they are most commonly used for. Most of these medicines can be purchased by simply walking into a pharmacy without a prescription. We encourage you to take responsibility for your health and for what you purchase.

We also share typical medical experiences that we have had here in town, to demonstrate to you the ease with which we receive our medical care.

Editor's Note: We are not encouraging drug use, nor are we prescribing it. The following is for information only. If you are curious about medical alternatives to common prescription drugs, see our Medical Alternative Health Care Page


Similares Farmacia located throughout Mexico

Similares Farmacia - located throughout Mexico

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Advair Diskus (fluticasone) Currently there are 13.7 million users of this drug in the U.S. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing. Advair inhalation is a combination medicine used to prevent asthma attacks. It is also used to prevent flare-ups or worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.  For Avamys, 120 doses, 392 - 420 Pesos. For spray, 315 Pesos.

Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. It works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).  For 2 mg Patented 450 - 672Pesos for 30 pills. Xanax, 60 tabs, 148Pesos.

Brospina Buprenorphine is powerful as an opioid analgesic classified as a thebain-derived agonist-antagonist . Indicated in the management of moderate to severe pain in both chronic and acute conditions; in nociceptive and mixed pain. Can be used in multimodal analgesic techniques, or as single-drug therapy.  For 6 injections 448Pesos.






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Clonazepam This medication is known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug. It is also used to treat panic attacks. Clonazepam works by calming your brain and nerves. It belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. For 2 mg 89Pesos for 30 tablets.

Crestor (rosuvastatin) Currently there are 21/4 million users of this drug in the U.S. Crestor (rosuvastatin) belongs to a a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Rosuvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). For 10 mg pills of patented medicine, price is 999 Pesos. Generic price is 30 pills for 270Pesos.

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Januvia (sitagliptin) Currently there are 9.1 million users of this drug in the U.S. Januvia (sitagliptin) is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. It works by regulating the levels of insulin your body produces after eating. Januvia is for treating people with type 2 diabetes. For 100 mg Patented 1,311Pesos for 28 pills.

Lantus Solostar (insuline glargine) Currently there are 10.9 million users of this drug in the U.S. Lantus (insulin glargine) is a man made, long-acting form of human insulin that is used in the treatment of adults and children with type 1 diabetes to control blood glucose (sugar) levels. Lantus is also approved for the use in adults with type 2 diabetes. For 100ml, Generic is 580Pesos/ Patented is 2,042Pesos for same.


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Lyrica (pregabalin) Currently there are 10 million users of this drug. It’s now one of the 10 most prescribed drugs in the United States. Lyrica (pregabalin) is a medication that is chemically and structurally similar to Neurontin (gabapentin) and is used for a wide variety of things: seizure disorder, pain and anxiety. For 150 mg capsules 801Pesos for 28 capsules / Generic 197Pesos. Wal*Mart has this in 78mg., 2 bottles of 28 tabs for 1,288Pesos.

Nexium (esomeprazole) Currently there are 15.2 million users of this drug in the U.S. Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Nexium is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions involving excessive stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.  For 40 mg patented medicine is 686 Pesos for 14 tablets.

typical farmacia, Chapala, Mexico

Typical farmacia

Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium) Currently there are 9.6 million users of this drug in the U.S. Spiriva (tiotropium) is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs. Spiriva is used to prevent bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways in the lungs) in adults with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including bronchitis and emphysema. Patented 1,054Pesos for 30 capsules.

Synthroid (levothyroxine) Currently there are 21.5 million users of this drug in the U.S. Levothyroxine is used to treat an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism). It replaces or provides more thyroid hormone, which is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Synthroid is 290Pesos for 112mg pills, Eutirox (another brand), 100mg pills is 356 Pesos. For 100mg Generic price is 100 pills for 130Pesos






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Ventolin HFA (albuterol) Currently there are 18.2 million users of this drug in the U.S. Ventolin (albuterol) is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs. Ventolin HFA is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway disease. Albuterol inhalation is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.  Patented price for spray, 394 Pesos. Patented price for Salbutamol is 394 Pesos for 100 mg tablets. Patented price for 2mg tablets, 270Pesos for 30 tablets. Patented price for 4mg tablets, 320Pesos for 30 tablets.

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamne) Currently there are 10.4 million users of this drug in the U.S. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Vyvanse is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children who are at least 6 years. For 30mg tablets, patented medicine is 1,089Pesos.

Pricing for services listed on the wall, Chapala, Mexico

Pricing listed on the office wall for services

This is a price chart on the wall of one of our doctors - a man who does both western and eastern medicine. The first consultation is 400Pesos, a follow up consultation is 300Pesos. Acupuncture treatment is 400Pesos a session. Laser therapy is also 400Pesos.

You can get your ears cleared of wax for 200Pesos

Miscellaneous drugs, vitamins and pricing

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Fluorouracil works by causing the death of cells which are growing fastest, such as abnormal skin cells. Fluorouracil topical (for the skin) is used to treat scaly overgrowths of skin (actinic or solar keratoses). Fluorouracil topical may also be used in the treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma. A 20g tube is 985Pesos.

Lisinopril is a medication of the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor class used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and after heart attacks. For high blood pressure it is usually a first line treatment. Lisinopril – 30 tabs, 90Pesos.

Sildenafil, sold as the brand name Viagra among others, is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is unclear if it is effective for treating sexual dysfunction in women. It is taken by mouth or injection into a vein. 50 mg tablets, 95 Pesos for 10 tabs. 100mg tablets, 75Pesos for 4 tabs.

Tadalafil, sold under the brand name Cialis among others, is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is a tablet taken by mouth. Onset is typically within half an hour and the duration is up to 36 hours. Cialis 20 mg. 1 tab is 349Pesos.

Bayer Aspirin 500 mg 20 tabs 48Pesos

Ibuprofen 200 mg, 10 capsules 18Pesos

Voltaren Gel, Diclofenaco 2.32% 100 gram tube, 252Pesos

Vitamin B-12, 100 gummies for adults with royal jelly, 189Pesos

Complete B vitamin, 90 capsules, 81 Pesos

Fish Oil softgels, 1000 mg, 100 capsules 145Pesos

Farmacias Ahuacatlan

Farmacias Ahuacatlan

Sucursal Avenida Hidalgo No. 217-A

Colonio Centro, 45900 Chapala, Jalisco

Tele: 01. 376. 765.2288

Farmacias Altimed San Judas Tadeo, Chapala, Mexico

Farmacias Altimed San Judas Tadeo

Avenida Francisco I. Madero No. 230-A

Colonio Centro 45900 Chapala, Jalisco

Tele:01. 376. 765. 7726

These pharmacies sell patented medicines, generics, homeopathic, dermatology products, controlled medicines and various assortment of products daily. Be sure to check out the pharmacy at Wal*Mart and Soriana as well.

Typical medical experiences

One of the things we enjoy very much about living in Chapala, is our quick, easy and affordable access to health care. Below we have listed some recent experiences we have had with a dentist, a dermatologist, a blood lab, and a cardiologist. Take a look!


Billy's dentist returns Billy's call on his cell phone and Billy sets up an appointment for a cleaning for 2 days later. Cost is 200Pesos for the cleaning.


I email a dermatologist in the neighboring town for pricing and to schedule an appointment. She returns my email with pricing listed, and I get an appointment the following week on Tuesday. After a very thorough examination, she wants me to take a blood test and return the same week on Friday to have some biopsies taken. Price 350Pesos.

Blood Lab

Thursday (after my dermatologist appointment), I walk the 3 blocks to the lab to have my blood checked.

I get there at 8 am when it opens. The lab technician takes my blood, and my email address as well as the doctor’s email address and says she’ll email the results on Friday at 2 pm. Price, 855Pesos

I explain to her that my appointment with the dermatologist is at 1:30pm on Friday – is it possible to get the results to her before then? She says no worries, and will get the results to her by noon.

2 days later, back at the Dermatologist

When I arrive at the dermatologist’s, she has my blood test results and we discuss them. She takes my biopsies and says that I’ll have the results in 2 weeks (due to the Holidays). Price for the 2 biopsies, 1,000Pesos.


On a Friday Billy walks 5 blocks to a clinic to arrange for an echo cardiogram test. No doctor referral just walk in. They schedule him at 11:30 am on the following Tuesday. He receives his echo cardiogram and printed results. Price: 1,500Pesos.

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