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Cheapest place to buy over the counter medication in GTA?

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Aug 20, 2019
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Cheapest place to buy over the counter medication in GTA?

Hi,

I am new to Canada and recently had to buy over the counter medication like Advil, Tylenol... regular stuff. I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and I believe I paid like $20 for a bottle of Tylenol.

Is there any other place where I can buy these over the counter medications cheaper? Are there any websites specific to Canada for me to search?
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You're going to pay more, almost but not always all the time, for branded medication. I won't speak for everyone else here but I think most people are happy with generics (in the case of Advil - ibuprofen, Tylenol - acetaminophen, Aspirin - ASA, naproxen sodium, Voltaren - diclofanec sodium, Aleve - naproxen, etc. - trade names may vary depending on where you came from) when it comes to NSAIDs. Costco is good place to buy huge volumes of it.
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I find Shoppers Drug Mart expensive. Rexal is not bad. Guardian Pharmacy is also reasonable. Several years ago I was looking for shingles vaccine. Shoppers Drug Mart was the most expensive. Two years ago I went to Shopper to get flu vaccine and afterwards the pharmacist asked me to recommend them to my family and friends. Costco is very good, and more importantly, their service charge is low compared to other pharmacies. One simply needs to shop around. One more thing, one does not need to have a membership at Costco to shop at their pharmacy.
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serbianbelle wrote:
Oct 8th, 2019 3:41 pm
One more thing, one does not need to have a membership at Costco to shop at their pharmacy.

You do if you're buying OTC products , you don't on prescription medications.
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For pain killer like Advil or Tyronote, you can just buy the cheaper version at Chinese drum store and pay up much cheaper.
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I buy the store brands at Food Basics
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always buy *generic* instead of trade names
example:
generic: ibuprofen
trade: advil, motrin

my go to place is walmart
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serbianbelle wrote:
Oct 8th, 2019 3:41 pm
I find Shoppers Drug Mart expensive. Rexal is not bad. Guardian Pharmacy is also reasonable. Several years ago I was looking for shingles vaccine. Shoppers Drug Mart was the most expensive. Two years ago I went to Shopper to get flu vaccine and afterwards the pharmacist asked me to recommend them to my family and friends. Costco is very good, and more importantly, their service charge is low compared to other pharmacies. One simply needs to shop around. One more thing, one does not need to have a membership at Costco to shop at their pharmacy.
SDM is always more expensive on everything.
People buy stuff there because of convenience.
I buy stuff there only when there are on sale, or when I have a manufacture coupon, cash back on CO51, Optimum PC offer or all of them above, then it will be a good deal. lol
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Metro and Walmart isn't bad.
Some No Frills and Freshco stores have a pharmacy section with pharmacists as well.
Food Basics may have some general OTC stuff in the toothpaste isle.
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Buy the store-branded versions of the name brands.
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