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Cost & Availability of Drugs in Panama

Wondering about the cost & availability of prescription and over-the-counter medications in Panama?

We compiled a list of the 50 most prescribed medications in the United States and researched their price and availability in Panama.

In Panama, you don’t need a prescription for most medications and the prices are usually less than what you’d pay in the United States.

For example, Lisinopril (brand names Prinivil & Zestril), which is used in the treatment of high blood pressure is available over-the-counter and sells for $11.56 in Panama. The same dose and quantity in the United States costs approximately $15.40 to $17.36 – over 33% more.

Metformin (brand names Glucophage, Fortamet, Glumetza, Riomet), which is used for the treatment of diabetes, sells for $7.25 in Panama. It’s also available over-the-counter. The same dose and quantity in the United States typically costs 160% more – $19.20.

Not all drugs cost less in Panama – Venlafaxine (brand name Effexor), which is used to treat depression and anxiety, can cost 700% more in Panama.

Some good news: If you have a Panama pensionado residency visa or if you have any residency visa and are 55+ for women or 60+ for men, you will receive a 10% discount on medications in Panama. Some pharmacies offer a 20% discount on certain days of the week.

If you take prescription medications, it’s a good idea to research their cost & availability before you move to Panama.

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Medications in Panama

Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

Reader Interactions


  1. Jennings Cynthia says

    Hi Jackie, I take Metformin, but I order my 90 day supply from the US (Amazon) for $17. Otherwise, when I purchase it in Boquete, I paid $1.50 per pill for a 30 day supply, which is quite a bit higher. So for a 90 day supply it would cost $135. Wish we could get Armour Thyroid here!! It’s super expensive in the US but the synthetic formulations are horrible for the body. Thanks!

    • Jackie Lange says

      Metformin is only 24 cents a pill at the pharmacies we contacted. That’s a huge difference. You should check prices with other pharmacies. Remember, hospital pharmacies are often much more affordable.

  2. Wade says

    We are flying to pty Sunday, then off to David, any chance of getting the names of inexpensive pharmacy’s. My wife takes the armour thyroid. We might have to have it shipped in from Miami.

    • Jackie Lange says

      see the list of sources on the report of the top 10 medications.

  3. Sheryl GRIFFITHS says

    Hi Jackie,
    Do you have cyprolex on your list?

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