Pharmacies (Eczane) are open from 09:00 - 19:00 on weekdays and Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays but there is always one, open 24 hours in each neighborhood. Each pharmacy supplies the name of the closest open one, called the Nöbetçi Eczane(on duty pharmacy) for that Sunday, evening, statutory and religious holidays by placing a display in its window.
Medicine in Turkey is usually sold without a prescription, with the exception of some powerful drugs such as somniferous and tranquilizers. Turks consider pharmacists as doctors and by explaining their health problems to the pharmacist, they request medicine and the pharmacist usually provides them with the medicine they need. Most pharmacists will also measure your blood pressure if you ask them to, and make injections and vaccinations when needed.
Pharmacies are widely available in every neighborhood. For your convenience,
we have listed a few of them in our yellow pages, but you would do best to just
take a stroll and find an Eczane.
Check the Yellow Pages for the pharmacy addresses.
Some useful Turkish words to be used in Pharmacies
Cologne water: kolonya
Hot-water sack: buyot, sıcak su torbası
Hydrophilic cotton: pamuk
Hydrophilic fabric: sargı bezı
Ice bag: buz kesesi
Injection: iğne, zerk etme
Muscle injection: kaba ete iğne
Ocular: göz ilacı
Pomade: pomat, krem
Sanitary pad: hijyenik pet
Sanitary protection liner: günlük pet
Sedative: teskin edici
Somniferous: uyku ilacı
Talc powder: talk pudrası
Toothpaste: diş macunu
Under skin injection: deri altına iğne
Vein injection: damara iğne
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