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5 Facts About Over the Counter Medications in Israel

OTC-medication

Over the Counter (OTC) medications in Israel are different than in the US or other countries.  Names and availability differ from country to country, and having a basic understanding of what to expect can help you figure out what to purchase when you are sick. 

Here are 5 rules about OTC medications in Israel:

    1. Not everything available OTC in the US and Europe is available OTC in Israel.   Some medications for yeast infections, heartburn, pain, allergies, and some skin conditions (like acne) are prescription only.
    2. .Some OTC medications are available in Israel that aren’t available in the US, such as dipyrone pain medication and pseudoephedrine cold medication.
    3. .Some OTC medications are actually behind or under the pharmacist counter: you have to request them specifically.  This includes ibuprofen, paracetamol (acetaminophen (Tylenol) equivalent), and nasal decongestant sprays.
    4. OTC medications are sold in small packages and cost a lot more than in the US.  It is probably worth bring some basic OTC medications with you, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.  Ironically, most prescription medications are cheaper in Israel, as they are subsidized by the Israeli health care system.
    5. .Medications are only available at pharmacies.  In the US, you can get pharmaceuticals at supermarkets and even gas stations.  In Israel, only pharmacies sell pharmaceuticals making it less convenient and a more tightly regulated market.


EMA Care Israel can help navigate you or your child through the Israeli healthcare system.  When your child is sick in Israel, they don’t have to be alone.  Our professionals will advocate for your child and help get the best care available.

EMA Care provides case management, health liaison and advocacy services to tourists, students, immigrants and residents in Israel.  contact us  to schedule your free consultation today.

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