Antibiotics and other meds

In the Netherlands, Doctors are less likely to prescribe Antibiotics and other medication compared to what you may be accustomed to.

This article explains why this is, and what to do if you feel uncomfortable with your Doctor’s assessment.

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Use of medication in the Netherlands ➜

Most medicines require a prescription from your GP after a personal consultation. However, after a consultation, it is possible that you will receive a diagnosis, but no medication. Evidence shows that it is often best to…

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria ➜

Another consideration is the emergence of far too many resistant bacteria, such as the MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and C. Diff (Clostridium Difficile), which cause both, serious and potentially lethal infections because they have become…

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Talk to your GP ➜

All that being said, if you happen to feel uncomfortable with your Doctor’s assessment make it clear. He or she should take the time to explain the pro’s and con’s in your particular situation, hopefully put…

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Where to buy medicines in the Netherlands ➜

You can only buy prescription drugs at a Pharmacy (Apotheek). Over-the-counter drugs can be bought at Chemists (Drogist) and supermarkets without a prescription. Over-the-counter-drugs Over-the-counter drugs, like antihistamines for hay fever, are available without a prescription….

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Can I take my medication abroad ➜

If you are travelling to a Schengen Country and want to take medicines with you that fall under the Opium Act, you will need to have a Schengen Certificate or a Medical Certificate, depending on where…

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Can I get the medication I received at home ➜

Prescription and use of medication may differ from what you are used to at home. It is best to discuss your needs with your GP and if possible, show the medicine you were on back home….