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Paris Pharmacie de Garde / After Hours Pharmacies...what are they?

If you are unable to get to one of the late night pharmacies or you find that the nearest one has closed early you may be in need of the Pharmacie de Garde. These work on a weekly roster and are available on weekends, late nights and during any holiday period. Most pharmacies have a sign in their window indicating their participation in the Pharmacie de Garde, so they are very easy to identify.

This service is for emergency treatment only. If you are suffering a normal case of sunburn or if you have lost your contact lens solution then the Pharmacie de Garde is not for you. Toothache,severe migraine and sick babies are welcome along with the usual panoply of serious ailments. You will be required to go to the pharmacy if you require their services but on the rare occasion they will come to you

The drugs dispensed for any after hours service do incur a surcharge,and are legislated costs:

Sundays and holidays:                              € 4.00
From 20.00-21.00                                     € 2.00
After 21 hours:                                           € 6.00

To use this service you will need a cursory grasp of French .It is likely that you will be trying to explain your problem at 2.00 am to a drowsy Frenchman and they will be asking all sorts of questions that will require all sorts of answers.

If your French is appalling and you have already found out the nearest pharmacy has closed earlier than scheduled ,It is best to dial 18 then for an Ambulance/Samu. Strangely enough the Fire Brigade/Pompiers can also assist, just dial 18. The Pompiers have full medical facilities and normally do not incur a charge. You also have the option of calling SOS médecin on 3624. This is a private company that usually has a doctor on board every ambulance so expect to be charged for the service.

The following are a number of links to websites that will be of assistance. Note that they are all in the french language and all hours shown use the 24 hour clock

Some Pharmacie de Gardes may require you to contact the police before you contact them. This is a security measure and is common in France.Although technically in Paris, you can go straight to the pharmacy, there is no need to call....but just in case 

If you are in Paris Commissariat Central Tel: 01 44 83 80 80
Versailles Commissariat Tel: 01 39 24 70 00

For Paris and regions:

Here are some links by different companies: 

this site is easy,just punch in the postcode, check the date is the one you want, hit enter & viola


This link is fairly easy to follow. 

First it will ask for your Dept OR Ville

eg Paris department 75

Ville is your arrondissement 75004

There is no need to hit enter because the site takes you directly to the area
The pharmacy on duty can be identified by the cross.

or you can use.....


This can be used either via website or via telephone

 Again just follow the prompts

Votre code Postal eg 75003

or Ville eg Marais

Punch in the provided Validation Code then click 'rechercher'
On the next screen, click onto the arrondissement shown

The next screen allows you to choose the time you intend to visit the pharmacy. If the required hours are not there,click 'pour les horaires suivant' meaning , for the following hours.

Further information will be given after you have chosen your required pharmacy For example, a police cap icon will be shown if you need to contact the police in advance, walking distances are noted along with any other relevant information.


Telephone 3237 and follow the prompts

Enter your postcode eg 75007

then choose a time 22.00

details will be given for the closest pharmacy


Then to complicate things even more there is another pharmacie de garde service:

This site is fairly straight forward either type in the postcode or click the area you are in eg Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur


For Paris only

There is also a PDF on

Versailles only