Pharmacy in Istanbul

When you are on your pleasant Istanbul trip, you might need to buy anything from a pharmacy. I hope you wouldn’t, so I am going to tell about pharmacies in Istanbul.

In other counPharmacy platetries drugs may be bought from different places such as markets, supermarkets but in whole Turkiye, you can buy medicine only from pharmacies. Pharmacy (drugstore, chemist’s, chemist’s shop) is a shop that only sells medicines and health related products. Also, keep in mind that there are pharmacy shops in the shopping malls too, in their own shops. Pharmacies have easy to recognize  visions and all nice, clean and decent shops. All drug stores have a sign “E” as a standard, like the image on the left, that can be seen from afar and “ECZANE” or/and “pharmacy” words are written on their shop windows.  “Eczane” means pharmacy in turkish (it may be  pronunced like “ajzuna” or “ajzanah”  by english speakers). In Turkey, pharmacy is widely accepted to name drugstores, “chemist” or “drugstore” names are used very less.  In Istanbul, you can easily find a drug store in the city centers. Also, you can see lots of them in the same area if you are close to a hospital. Pharmacies are open from 9:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and Saturdays. None of pharmacies is non-stop.  But there is always one open pharmacy, which is called as “nöbetçi eczane” in turkish or “pharmacy on duty” after that day-time shift, Sundays, and holidays in each neighbourhood for emergency needs. Furthermore, there is always one lighted plate on front window of the pharmacy shops that shows which pharmacy will stay on duty after day-time shift and Sunday. The plate shows name, adress and phone numbers of that pharmacy. As a solution, I can advise you that, if you need anything from a pharmacy at midnight or Sunday, you can go to closest pharmacy and learn where is the pharmacy on duty by checking the pharmacy on duty plate and go there. As  a second way, you can call 118 unknown numbers service by phone and learn that pharmacy’s phone number then go there.

Pharmacies are run by pharmacists in Turkiye so you can ask for advice of pharmacist about your needs. Language may be a problem but in touristic areas or city centers it wouldn’t, such as Sultanahmet, Taksim, Beyazit, Eminonu, and some others that I am not be able to know surely :)

Istanbul pharmacy

A pharmacy in Eminonu



You can buy some kinds of drugs without prescription and find many other things you may need. Many pain-killers like aspirin, cough syrups, vitamin pills, bandage might be bought without prescription. Also, many other personal care poducts, cosmetics and stuff may be needed for your babies can be found in pharmacies such as tooth brush, toothpaste, shampoos, antibacterial soaps, cologne, nail clipper, after-shave, moisturizing cream, sunblock cream, band-aid, diaper, baby formula, baby’s bottle, sanitary pad and so on.

I hope you find those informations are helpful to you and I wish you wouldn’t need to go to a pharmacy in any health emergency.

Please share your pharmacy experiences in Istanbul which  may be helpful to others, Take care!

10.10.210 Update: Also, you can buy antibiotics from pharmacies in Istanbul and whole Turkey without prescription. Moreover, my some guests from Australia and England found the price  pretty cheaper than it is in their countries. And, 118 unknown phone numbers service has been privatized. So there is 11880, 11833,  and 11818 services for the same thing. But they are too expensive.


  1. YASİN says:

    selamun aleykum alı hocam hayırlı olsun .benım resmımı de koyarsın sıtene

  2. Conor says:

    This is great, it is something that may be very imprtant to know about but that not everyone would think of vefore taking off (including me)

    Cheers Conor

  3. ali says:

    Turkish: Aleykum selam,Sağol Yasin abi, resim olayını düşünmem lazım :)
    English: Alaikum salaam, Thank you Bro Yasin for your good wish.
    Thanks. Right, but I also hope this site to be read when visitors here too.

  4. lee poerio says:

    can i buy any kind of benzodiazapine from there like for example temazepam, diazepam, lorazepam ??

    • admin says:

      Hello Dear Lee,
      It is not possible to buy this kind of drugs without prescription by a doctor. I am not sure but even it may require a special prescription else than general. Get well soon!

  5. behnam says:

    i look for a drug that name is doxil,or caelyx and have perscription of iranian doctor. which pharmacy i could find that in istanbul

  6. Nevin says:

    Hi, do u know if I can buy antihistamines without a prescription?
    Thank u very much for this useful blog :-)

  7. ccy says:

    Hi, do you know where I can buy medicine online or by phone in istanbul? thank you :D

  8. BLGL says:

    Yes, you can buy antihistamines without a script in Turkey….

  9. Simin Zand says:

    Hi, I am looking for “Pneumococcal” vaccine for my 15 months old grandson in Istanbul. Can I get it without prescription? Which pharmacy in Istanbul sells it OTC?

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