Therefore, it is crucial to feeling comfortable and healthy physically during the process of your vacation in Istanbul. If your body upsets you, you cannot be content. Hence, before you go, here is the general information about pharmacies, how you can find them, how they work, and what you can get without a prescription

Pharmacies in Istanbul

Istanbul, the most developed, popular, and beautiful city in Turkey, has more than anything. During your visit to Istanbul, you will not have to rush for things you need because every city district has its center to offer you your needs. Therefore, in Istanbul, you do not have to go far to find a pharmacy. As a developed city, Istanbul has so many hospitals, which are local and private, and health centers. It is a fact that most pharmacies are located around the hospital and health centers. However, you do not have to make an effort to be close to hospitals because you are already close without even noticing. 

Let’s say that you are in Eminönü, discovering around, visiting the most-visited sights, but suddenly you need a pharmacy for a painkiller! Do not be worried! You are in a place that is one of the most touristic destinations, and despite this, you will see the plates with red text “pharmacy” on them! Even when shopping in some malls, you can find a pharmacy in the circumstances of an emergency. Most of the malls in Istanbul have their pharmacy stores; Zorlu Center, one of the most popular malls to shop at, Forum Istanbul, Cevahir Avm, and more have pharmacies!

Working Hours of Pharmacies in Istanbul

It is good to have some general information about the working hours of pharmacies. On weekdays and Saturdays, pharmacies are typically open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some pharmacies’ working hours, however, may change. Some pharmacies close at 6 p.m. In addition to this, pharmacies do not have lunch breaks; they continue to serve during lunch hours. It would be best to keep in mind that as per the decision taken, pharmacies on the weekends are only open Saturdays; although they are closed on Sundays, pharmacies on duty provide service. Therefore, if you need a pharmacy on Sunday, you need to check out the pharmacies on duty on the Internet. Besides, if you are in Istanbul on national holidays and need a pharmacy, you should find a pharmacy on duty. 

What Can You Get from the Pharmacy without Prescription?

There are some medicines that you can have from pharmacies without a prescription. If you need medicine, all you have to do is find the closest pharmacy. Therefore, here’s the general information about medicines you can get without a prescription.

If you have an ache, do not hesitate to go to the pharmacy because you do not need to see the doctor and get painkillers. If you have a sore throat during your trip, you can get cough drops or sprays from a pharmacy. In case of allergies, there are some medicines you can get as well, yet, before you buy these medicines, you should give importance to reading the prospectus! Without needing any doctor’s signs, you can also have acne creams and burn creams from pharmacies. 

As we mentioned, painkillers, nasal sprays for sinusitis, condoms, cologne, and sterilized wipes can easily be found in every pharmacy in Turkey, and on top of that, in most of these pharmacies, you can measure your weight, height, insulin levels, and heart rate. On top of that, you can also find self-care utensils such as toothbrushes, hand sanitizers, moisturizers, and band-aids.


Frequently Asked Question

Are there many pharmacies in Istanbul?
Yes, you can find pharmacies on almost every corner of the city.
What are the working days of pharmacies in Istanbul?
Pharmacies are open every day, even if not all of them are. You can still find night-pharmacies at any hour.
What are the working hours of pharmacies in Istanbul?
The pharmacies are open from 8 AM to 7 PM, but then night pharmacies stay open.
Can I find a pharmacy in Istanbul anywhere?
Yes, there are many pharmacies scattered around the city.
Do I need a prescription to go to pharmacies in Istanbul?
It depends on the medicine you want to purchase. Some may require prescription while others don’t.