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"Eczane"s (Pharmacies) 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. Every pharmacy will have a display in its window (which is posted each evening, on Sunday, and on statutory and religious holidays) listing the name and location of the open pharmacy, or Nöbetçi Eczane.

Such a system ensures that during crucial moments you will always to find one open pharmacy in your neighborhood, for example, should you run out of baby formula on a Sunday, or find yourself in need of headache medication at midnight.

Check the yellow pages for the İstanbul and Ankara pharmacy addresses.

Some useful Turkish words to be used in Pharmacies :
Antidote: panzehir
Aspirin: aspirin
Bandage: sargı
Capsule: kapsül
Cologne water: kolonya
Condom: prezervatif
Diet: pehriz
Digestive: hazmettirici
Emetic: kusturucu
Emollient: yumuşatıcı
Enema: lavman
Gargle: gargara
Hot-water sack: buyot, sıcak su torbası
Hydrophilic cotton: pamuk
Hydrophilic fabric: sargı bezi
Ice bag: buz kesesi
Inhalation: buğu
Injection: iğne
Injection: iğne, zerk etme
Invigorating: kuvvetlendirici
Laxative: müshil
Lotion: losyon
Medicine: ilaç
Muscle injection: kaba ete iğne
Ocular: göz ilacı
Operation: ameliyat
Pill: hap
Pill: komprime
Pomade: pomat, krem
Powder: toz
Prescription: reçete
Salve: merhem
Sanitary pad: hijyenik pet
Sanitary protection liner: günlük pet
Sedative: teskin edici
Serum: serum
Somniferous: uyku ilacı
Syringe: şırınga
Syrup: şurup
Talc powder: talk pudrası
Thermometer: derece
Toothpaste: diş macunu
Under skin injection: deri altına iğne
Vaccination: aşı
Vein injection: damara iğne

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Latest comments about this article

 By liveras  1.5.2015

if you are in ankara I recommned you ”İncesu Tarman Eczanesi”. Friendly and sophisticated stuff . The pharmacist also have a certificate in Fitotherapy.

 By beerlady  17.8.2005

For anyone needing special information from a chemist, I recommend the Sevgi Eczanesi behind the big PTT in Faith...Speaks English and trained in America and makes up lotions to suit your needs, and very very cheap... I thoroughly recommend him.

 By YabanciAnne  6.3.2005

Good tip on the duty pharmacy hotline. Another useful source which requires less Turkish is http://eczane.tr.net. The site is in Turkish, but the form that you´ll need to fill out is self-explanatory (don´t bother with the ´semt´ field, it may skew your results).

 By Corsa  20.1.2005

you may find the information I provide useful, since it saved me so much time and money by avoiding long drives to find a pharmacy on duty. The quickest way to find the pharmacy on duty in your neighborhood is to call 118 (Unknown numbers services). They do not speak english, yet they might be able to direct the call to someone that speaks. another possibility, if none of your friends speak turkish, is that you may ask your neighbor to make that phone call, ask about the exact location of the pharmacy and drive there directly in emergency situations. calling 118, asking for a pharmacy in duty in my neighborhood, then calling the pharmacy and directly ask about their address, driving directions, and whether they have that drug saved me a lot of time and efforts. I hope it helps to somebody one day.

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