Moscow Russia Facts III
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Vacation is great when you're healthy as an ox, but what to do when your body throws a couple of nasty suprises? Wait, I wasn't talking about leaving!
The truth is there are hundreds of drugstores in Moscow that'll sell you literally anything without prescription!
Yep, the drugs are on the loose here , but in fact I prefer it that way. It's such a pain when you need a prescription everytime you want something more serious than "Coldrex"!
A typical Moscow drugstore
Looking for pharmacies is easy - most of them are marked with a green cross, just like in Europe. Just get inside, pick whatever you need right off the shelf, and don't pay on the exit!
Some of the drugstores are more "Soviet" - you can't take anything yourself, that's what"babushka" behind the counter is for. If you aren't too comfortable with this - another pharmacy should be right around the corner. That's what I usually do, at least. God bless the free market!
Apart from fancy shopping malls, you can find pharmacies almost anywhere including railway stations and underground passages. The prices are reasonable and the choice is usually better than you'd expect from a small stand lost in the middle of nowhere!
Personally, I prefer to buy in large pharmacies, but if you need something really urgently - any place will do. No time to get picky, right?
Remember one of Moscow Russia facts - prices vary from place to place. I can't recommend anything in particular - it all depends on the remedy you need.
"36,6" network is quite expensive, but it's got good choice. Other pharmacies are cheaper, but they may not always have what you're looking for. Try "Rigla" and "Doktor Stoletov" - a good balance of price vs. choice!
When you need something at night, there are many "on-duty" drugstores that work round the clock. Every good pharmacy has a list of nearby 24/7 drugstores posted on its door. Your hotel should have one for sure, if it doesn't - ask the reception. One of important Moscow Russia facts - reception knows everything!
OK, I usually don't recommend remedies, but there's one I believe you should know. It's called "Polifepan", and it's great against any types of digestion problems. A black powder made of a tree bark,it's not very tasty but really helpful!
It can treat anything up to severe food poisoning (and it did for me!), doesn't contain synthetic chemicals and is very cheap. I really,really,REALLY think you should buy it. "Polifepan" will come in handy in all of your world trips!..
...though I really hope it won't
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