Let’s hope you don’t get sick during your stay in Haarlem, but if you do this list might come in handy.
Basically, there are two types of pharmacies in the Netherlands.
1. Pharmacies for prescription drugs
2. Pharmacies for non-prescription drugs
Where to go depends on what it is you need.
Keep in mind that rules in the Netherlands on what you need a prescription for may differ from what you are used to back home.
Pharmacies for prescription drugs
This is where you need to go if you have a prescription from a medical doctor. Besides providing you with prescription drugs, they also sell things like aspirine, cough syrups, anti-histamine and things you need in your first aid kit. They can also give you basic medical advice, for instance on possible side effects or the effects of combining multiple types of drugs.
Mediq Apotheek Centraal – Gedempte Oude Gracht 103 (open Mon-Sat)
Apotheek Loomeyer – Zijlweg 34 (open Mon-Fri)
Elan Frans Hals – Frans Halsplein 1 (open Mon-Fri)
Pharmacies for non-prescription drugs
Stores like Kruidvat and Etos are your best option if you know what the problem is and you only need some aspirine or a bandage. They are cheap, easy to find and waiting times aren’t as long as with ‘real’ pharmacies. They are also open on Sundays.
Kruidvat – Kruisstraat 42 / Grote Houtstraat 56
Etos – Grote Houtstraat 83-87
Trekpleister – Drossestraat 108
It goes without saying that pharmacies are no substitute for a medical doctor, so go see a doctor if you need one!