Pharmacies or chemists (Apotheke) tend to be small, under individual ownership and many can be found in almost every district of Düsseldorf. A local one can be searched in the “Apothekenfinder” on the Apothekerverband Nordrhein.
Trained pharmacists will give free advice on how best to treat minor ailments, flue, colds, coughs and muscular aches and pains or indigestion. While they sell some medicines without a doctor’s prescription, offer toiletries, perfumes and other interesting supplies, most medical issues need a prescription. These can normally be fulfilled from stock or within a few hours of ordering.
The traditional German red sign of an “A” for Apotheke can still be seen as well as the internationally recognised green cross.
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