Rite Aid, as seen from the corner of Russell and Anderson. (2006) Oakshade location

South Davis at Oakshade Town Center    
Russell Blvd. at Anderson Rd.
2135 Cowell Blvd. (Store #6197)
655 Russell Blvd. (Store #6048)
Daily 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Daily 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Pharmacy Hours
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(530) 753-9810
(530) 756-3393 (press 5 to talk to a person)
Eric Jones
Payment Method(s)
Cash, Credit or Debit, Checks, JCPenney Credit Cards
Web Page

Rite Aid is a drug store that has all kinds of good things, like 2-liter bottles of cheap Big Fizz soda. Since the first location is close to the dorms, it serves as kind of a grocery store to many freshmen. They develop film here (1-hour and overnight), but stop processing at around 6PM (so, drop it off before then for 1-hour service). They sell Western Union money orders and also process Western Union Money Transfers.

They do plan on removing overnight bikes occasionally. Be aware of this, please.

The Rite Aid on Russell sells beer and wine, but not hard alcohol, which is available at the South Davis Rite Aid. Rite Aid has a Thrifty Ice Cream counter with the cheapest ice cream by the scoop anywhere. One scoop for $1.29, two for $1.79, and three for two dollars, including tax. The Thrifty Ice Cream in containers usually goes on sale every few weeks.

Rite Aid carries many store brand items that are equivalent to name brand products such as Tylenol, Robitussin, Claritin, and so forth. They contain the same active ingredients but they are often several dollars cheaper. These store brand products are just as effective and safe as brand name medications. These medications are tested and have met standards to prove that they are as safe and effective as brand name products. You can save quite a bit of money this way.

Rite Aid stores have a rewards card that offers you sales prices and UP Rewards. For example, when you buy specially advertised items, you will get an UP Reward coupon for $1 off your next purchase. It is just like getting free cash for your next purchase. You can use the coupon the same day, by dividing up your purchases into separate transactions.

By the way, don't use online photo ordering. Their servers are extremely slow and Rite Aid often doesn't get the online orders till a few hours, even up to half a day. It's faster to bring in your digital media.

Rite Aid also accepts JCPenney credit cards. Rite Aid took over Eckerd, which was owned by JCPenney, and also inherited the ability to accept those types of cards.

At one point the location of the current Russell Blvd. Rite Aid was occupied by State Market, a grocery store.

They also have a pharmacy.


Both Rite Aid locations will check ID for alcohol, cigarettes, and medicine (usually cold/allergy drugs with decongestants) that have phenylpropanolamine or pseudoephedrine. They MUST check ID for pseudoephedrine-containing drugs due to the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005, which seeks to limit per-person possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals. People have been buying huge quantities of pseudoephedrine to make meth. Read more about FDA pharmacy regulations regarding sale and purchase. All pharmacies across the country must check IDs and record signatures of people who purchase pseudoephedrine products. It's best just to have your ID with you when you buy any medicine. Also, if anyone is with you when you buy something along those three, their IDs will be checked too. Pseudoephedrine containing products are only sold behind the pharmacist counter. There is a purchase limit of 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine per day and 9 grams in a 30 day period.

The South Davis Rite Aid has a drive-thru which makes picking up prescriptions easier.

They offer a AAA discount on prescription medications at the pharmacy. This can save you a lot of money, so it is best to ask about discount.

Rite Aid used to match any competitor's prices. For example, Target has a list of generic drugs for only $4 for a 30 day supply or $10 for a 90 day supply. [01/28/2011 - asked if they price match at the North Davis pharmacy and the pharmacist said no] Apparently, this policy varies from store to store.

You can now get the new seasonal flu shot at either Rite Aid store. Just talk to the Pharmacy staff. This year's flu vaccine protects against H1N1 as well as other strains of the flu. Other vaccinations are also available.

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2006-04-03 17:04:27   The pharmacy at the South Davis RiteAid sucks. The long-haired blonde pharmacist just looked at me as I waited for help. BAD customer service. —DavisLurker

2006-12-07 16:10:14   The pharmacy at South Davis really is horrible. They never have my prescriptions filled on time, and for some reason, they can never find the prescription they filled, and spend 15 minutes looking for it (even though they're supposed filed in alpahbetical order). My suggestion is to order your refills online and specify a pickup time a good two hours before you want it. —RachelPeters

2006-12-07 19:42:50   I don't get the layout of the South Davis store...for some reason, they arranged the aisles in a jumbled, herringbone-like pattern. I assume it's to keep people shopping longer...? Every extra minute I had to spend wandering in that maze only strengthened my resolve to never return. Is the Russell store like that too? —DukeMcAdow

  • 2006-12-30 13:15:38   I've never been to the Rite Aid in South Davis, but the Russell Rite Aid is relatively easy to navigate, partly because it's a small place. It can be hard to find certain items, though, because they're not really listed on the top signs above the aisles. —AlexanderHo
  • 2007-01-22 14:47:29   Okay, it's actually a bit annoying to give people directions on where to find certain stuff. Our cosmetics section is organized so we know how to get to stuff, but I can see the difficulty for people in finding stuff there. It's easier for me, sometimes, to just lead a person to the location. —AlexanderHo

2007-01-22 15:00:04   I try to avoid Rite Aid whenever possible. The other day I was there to get some cold medicine and waited in line 10 minutes when there was just one person ahead of me. After I was to go to the counter to pay for my purchase, the store employee started a conversation with another employee, left the checkstand and carried on their discussion of expired coupons for another couple minutes. Horrible! Much better service at Longs where I can actually find things! —MyaBrn

2007-01-23 21:12:32   I only go to Rite Aid when I absolutely have to. They're always understaffed and their lines are always so long with only one cashier. Everytime I go there I remind myself to send a complaint to the actual Rite Aid headquarters so that they revoke their local affiliation with the one at Russel and Anderson. I always come out of their dissapointed and often times peeved. The ones back home are a joy to go to, why do the owners of the one here in Davis have to be such cheap charlies? —TonyOrozco

2007-02-01 15:40:58   I've read your comments, guys. I'll be sure to try to call for help when the line gets long (read: 3+ people.) I'm also going to bold the part with the ID, because it seems that people still don't get that part. Every single day, I tells ya... —AlexanderHo

2007-04-15 20:36:02   I seriously don't know what all the complaints are about. Long lines? Get over yourself, especially at the Russel+Anderson location since its probably the most heavily student-congested store in the area. If there's a really bad line, go to the pharmacy which almost never has more than one person or even the costumer service kiosk. I am sad that they took away the little tv with all the rugrats and pokemon episides that I could watch while sitting in the massage chair (also mysteriously vanished), but I even go to rite aid just to play with the toys and try on the shoes while my gf shops for cosmetics. Plus I have ever so fond memories of the Thrifty's ice cream back when the store was still called Thrifty's. So cheer up, emo kids, and next time head for the discount clothing racks and clearance candy bins; maybe buy yourself a pair of tube socks and a tie for a couple bucks. It'll make you feel like your grandpa, and seriously, who's more badass than grandpa? —TylerFelix

2007-04-15 20:57:19   i like rite aid! the people that work there are way chill. —JessicaRockwell

2007-04-29 02:04:33   I find that Rite Aid has a consistent and better beauty/personal care selection than Long's does. Though I do wish Rite Aid would carry some "natural" beauty alternatives that Long's carries, like Burt's Bees. Long's pharmacy, though, is very good and they are extremely helpful. —ArielaHaro

2007-05-12 14:51:25   It's probably easiest to explain the level of competence of the Russell and Anderson RiteAid with this story: whilst trying to buy some of the perfumes they keep in that locked cabinet I was told they couldn't sell them to me because they had *lost the key*. Months later, the key has remained lost and instead of getting a new one cut, they just stack boxes in front of the cabinet. Don't believe me? Go and see for yourself! Really, you couldn't make it up. —drhanszarkov

2007-05-12 16:38:57   Do they still have those big bottles of soda for 99 cents? Those are the biggest soda bottles! —Jedron

2007-05-25 13:20:15   1. Hmm, I'll have to ask about that key. Regarding the boxes, though, we put the boxes there because I think that's a pretty central location for us to put the cosmetic boxes on load day, so we can attempt to stock them as quickly as possible. Probably coincidence, being in front of the perfume.

2. We still sell the big soda, but it's 1.19 now. Still a pretty nice deal. —AlexanderHo

2007-05-25 14:07:20   Rite Aid not only checks ID for pseudoephedrine, they force you to swipe your drivers license or state ID card which is stored in a database. I had a conversation with a Rite Aid employee that went something like this:

Arlen: Why do I need to swipe my ID? Rite Aid employee: It's the law. A: What law? State or federal? R: Uh... both? A: Ok, what information are you taking from my ID? R: I don't know. A: What are you doing with it? Is it being stored? Where is it being stored? How long will it be stored for? How can I be assured that my personal data will be safe? R: I don't know A: So why should I swipe my ID? R: Because I'm not going to sell you this pseudoephedrine if you don't.

Thanks guys, it's now safer and easier to buy meth than it is Sudafed. Next time, I'm bringing my Passport. —ArlenAbraham

  • Oh come now Arlen, most times employee at places like Rite Aid, Safeway, Walgreens, Target, etc etc etc are paid poorly and put at a register. You should have asked for a manager, who MIGHT have known why they do something like that, but most times you're just getting a kid who needs pot money and doesn't know (or really care) why something is done. —MichelleAccurso
  • Hey, I resent that comment. You're implying that a good amount of the employees in the Rite Aid here are pot-smoking kids. I'm personally saving money for a plane ticket to see if I can get an internship in Japan, and most of my co-workers are not of college age. —AlexanderHo
  • It is a law that went into affect for all pharmacies April of 2006 that ID's much be checked for any product containing pseudoephedrine.

2007-05-25 14:17:54   At my local (non-Davis) Longs, the pharmacist diligently copies my (Davis) address off my license and into a classic B&W composition book. She has yet to notice my married name sitting on line 2 underneath my maiden name; I'm not entirely sure whether this constitutes purchase under a false name. Russell Rite-Aid swiped my ID, too, but they're the only pharmacy I've run across that does so. South Davis Safeway swiped my ID for alcohol once; everywhere else just glances at it. —JudithTruman

2007-05-31 10:07:56   ID swipes? What is this? Something new? I'm missing out of action for a few weeks, because I've only checked ID, not actually swiped it. As far as I can remember, Russell's Rite Aid has checked ID only, not actually swiped it.

  • Edit: Ah, now I see. So ID swipes are done for the non-prescription stuff that's behind the counter. —AlexanderHo

Regarding the key thing again: apparently, the manager does have the key to the perfume area, so I don't know exactly what was with your situation. —AlexanderHo

2007-06-01 12:52:49   Why does every rite aid close at 9 and earlier on the weekend? back in the day at the dorms i wish so many time that this place was open for late night munchies? thats enough to make say this place sucks, on the flip side, they do have cool clothes. —KyleLanderhoffis

  • 2007-06-02 23:15:49   Rite Aid doesn't close at nine, it closes at 10. Every day, including weekends. —AlexanderHo

2007-09-15 21:50:38   Hello. I will never ever visit Rite Aid again, even if my life depended on it. They are rude, nasty and sexually harrased me with their sexist and racist comments. I contacted the RideAid 1 800 number and was met with typical, "if its Tuesday day press 1,235". I reached the complaint department and a woman started laughing at me. She said the store did not ?and she said things that were not true—she was not a witness" Forget RITE AID—sexist bureacrats who hate customers. I asked for the manager, and he was rude. Well keep your rude behavior, stay defensive and nasty I am not longer a customer. You make me feel uncomforatble, I don't like the tone. I am an African-American woman. Not a "hey girl"! —Marjorie

  •   While I'm sorry to hear of this, I find it hard to believe this could happen at the North Davis Rite Aid...or hard to happen, period. Care to tell which Rite Aid this happened at? I worked on 9/15, so I might be able to see what's up. "Hey girl" could've just been a friendly greeting, after all, and I can't see this happening at the North Davis one simply because I can't imagine my coworkers being anything like sexually harassing or racist. The South Davis one? Well, there's that one assistant manager who everyone complains about, even back when he was in training in North Davis, so if it were at South Davis, I might understand. God, that guy...—AlexanderHo

2007-09-16 23:22:43   Um, just to let everyone know I'm not blaming rite-aid cuz I know it's the law bolded above, but last year I had a nasty nasty cold and was VERY upset when I couldn't purchase nasal decongestant because I was 17. . .I had to make my roommate buy it for me a couple days later. . it was really pathetic. (later that year when I had really bad heartburn I was able to buy zantac 75 no problem. . but sudafed. . .noooooo) —KellyCorcoran

  •   Yeah, tell me about it. I often get really odd looks from the people who try to buy them, then I have to go "Yeah, federal law, blame that. Or blame the abusers, I don't know." I believe other drugstores card, too, if it makes you feel better =\ —AlexanderHo

2007-12-03 21:21:25   Today I went to the Rite Aid across Segundo to get my photos developed. I used the machine, humming happily while I selected which ones to print out. An hour later, I went back and asked the lady there where were my photos. She told me that they didn't print out... and she saw me selecting it. Her attitude wasn't much to be desired too - But the biggest problem I had was... "WHY didn't you tell me when I was selecting???" So I headed across the st to Ritz. And the cashier didn't give me the receipt when I was there. That made me extra pissed. —EvelinaChang

  • Sorry to hear that. I do have a question, though: Were you, by any chance, trying to print a 3x5 photo? I've seen a lot of people try to print that lately for a project of some sort, and I've had to tell them to go to Ritz, since we can't process that. I'm not sure what happened in your situation, though. —AlexanderHo

2007-12-12 13:35:33   3x5 photo's are for the des 001 class. —Tho

  • Ahhh, thanks. Did Ritz Camera manage to process 3x5 photos? —AlexanderHo

2008-02-01 17:11:22   Around Halloween they sell a toy-electric chair there. I went and complained about this pervert stuff I was forced to see when buying medication. The first person I talked to said she'd pass it on to the manager, but I guess never did. The second one just laughed at me. Hey - you could sue if they'd display any nudity - but having a "toy" execution tool on display seems to bother nobody. A pervert play with the pervert concept of capital punishment. I'm not going to buy there ever again. —NewDavisite

  • NewDavisite, if that is in fact your real name, would you please be so kind as to elaborate on the problem that you have with the electric chair. Seeing as how you pointed out that it appears around Halloween the seems to be fairly appropriate. GeorgeLewis
    • 2008-02-03 08:27:33   George- 1: using a pseudonym isn't a sin or something, get over it. And in case you couldn't tell, that's not a real name, it's a pseudonym. 2: A toy electric chair - to a person whose religious or moral codes teach that the taking of life is sinful or evil, this is a fairly obvious perversion of something *already* wrong into what you could term an "evil teaching toy" Since the idea that killing is wrong is a fundamental part of the religious teaching of a great many people in Davis, this could be seen as a silent majority view and not a single nutjob yelling. —PopeChristof
      • Pope, thanks for clearing that up for me. I am now aware that NewDavisite is not a real name. I agree that using a pseudonym isn't a sin; I don't know of anything that actually is a sin. Perhaps if you have some spare time you could read Importance of using your RealName and you might understand the importance of one using a real name on a wiki. That really wasn't my point when I stated "if that is in fact your real name" in my previous posting, it was more of a joke. I am still not sure I understand the problem, but I appreciate you taking time to respond. -GeorgeLewis
  • Perhaps NewDavisite is commenting on the social ideas of the United States, period. Condoning capital punishment but not nudity? Hmmm hmm hmm! </Bad attempt at overdone observation of the US> —AlexanderHo
  • 2008-02-04 17:20:24   NewDavisite ... The Rite Aid employee probably laughed at you because you're being absurd. you shouldnt care so much about these things, so stop being so anal. you focus too much on things that dont even matter. and you complain to employees that cant do anything about it. if they take it out of the store, the corporate headquarters is on their case. so why not complain to the corporate head where you can actually enact some kind of change, instead of just getting pissed off at local people just trying to make some money to pay their bills. obviously, you have never worked in customer service positions before. take down the whole holiday if you want, just do it on your own time and quit making trouble for others. —voiceofreason

2008-02-21 20:00:36   I've never left a comment on Davis Wiki before but I have never in my life been treated so badly by pharmacists as here. Once I went in to buy a hot water bottle and the 18 year old pharmacist replied "Uh, like to drink tea?" It's one thing for the pharmacist to be frustrated because they have long lines, but you shouldn't start lashing out at your customers for no reason. These are some of the rudest people I've ever encountered in my life and I would recommend to everyone avoiding this place if at all possible (the one on Russell). I don't know if their pay is really low, if they work too many hours, or if the manager abuses them- but never ever again. —bradjones

  • I lol'd at this comment. seriously THAT's your big beef with Rite-Aid? I mean I'm all for bad mouthing the place, I've wasted too many months of my life at that dump but just try and read your comment from the perspective of someone who wasn't with you at the store that night and you'll see how absurd you are —RW

2008-03-28 22:07:48   Items at the Russell location are seriously overpriced. I cannot contest for the South Davis Rite Aid, but the one across from campus is ridiculous. I've done comparison shopping and noticed a lot of the smaller/ cheaper items are marked up over 100% compared to other stores. Stay away from this store as much as possible. —hanknguyen

  • I've had plenty of people comment on this one. Personally, I think it's what I think as "The price of convenience." Y'know, that store's close to campus and such, so property is probably more expensive, and Rite Aid knows they can make more money that way by marking up because it's so close to the students. Most people wouldn't want to bike out for 10 minutes more to Safeway or such. —AlexanderHo

2008-03-28 22:37:49   Rite Aid is currently in a bad financial state. They have a heavy debt load and the company is losing money. Their stock price has fallen to dismal levels. They are bordering on bankruptcy. It makes sense since their operations are poorly managed. —Jedron

2008-04-05 07:56:26   You want poor pharmacy service, try Longs in East Davis. Utterly indifferent. I switched two prescriptions to Rite Aid on Russell, what an improvement. Picked them up at 5:30 pm on a weekday with no wait at all. Longs would have been a 20 minute wait. —RalphFinch

2008-05-17 01:08:09   I really don't know why people are complaining about the South Davis location's pharmacy staff. I have been going to this same Rite-Aid for 3 years now and have always received my medications on time (except for the odd instances where the manufacturer runs out of stock or my insurance company is being a pain in the arse). In fact, I have a good relationship with the head pharmacist as well as four or five of the people who work behind the pharmacy counter. This may also be due to the fact that since I'm diabetic and have many medications, I'm in there at least two to three times a month picking up medications.

As for the attitudes of the people behind the regular check out counters, that's an entirely different story... —VincentShin

2009-01-07 15:51:18   The pharmacy has an insane mark up, beyond all reason to ever shop there. I went to fill a prescription there and it cost me 320$. The next time, I filled my prescription at a Long's, and it cost 140$ for the exact same thing. A huge markup may be bearable when you items cost 5-20$, but this is just ridiculous. I am not ever getting my medication there again. —lmccart

2009-01-08 02:01:24   For some reason, they have a policy that they cannot give somebody a dollar's change in quarters. Not really relevant, but kind of bizarre and a little inconvenient. They rip enough money off of unassuming freshman that I'm sure they could spare a four quarters in exchange for my George Washington, you'd think. —sososharp

  • What? I have no problem with change a dollar, or even two dollars, and I don't think the rest of the (night) cashiers do, either. Anything more is something else, since our store is actually pretty limited in quarters.—AlexanderHo

2009-01-15 21:08:22   What's the deal with their giant 1-hour photo sign (at Anderson/Russel) when they don't even have 1-hour photo? The first time I went in there with my girlfriend they said the pictures would be done "Definitely back by Monday" We got them a week and a half later instead, and it was too late for her project. If you need pictures developed go to Ritz Camera over by Gottschalks, they are very quick.

  • I wish the Ritz camera store were still around! I got a recommendation for the Kits Camera and Image shop on J St in Sac... but there isn't a closer fix-it shop? Plz, enlighten me... — users/maia

I do like the Rite-Aid though. Despite being a small store they sell some cool seasonal/holiday items, and a surprisingly large sexual accessory display. Well, surprising until you remember it's across the street from college dorms. The vibrators and lube they sell are pretty good. —OrofinJackson

2009-02-04 15:42:53   They have that giant sign out front saying "Long's drugs customers, hurry and transfer your prescriptions". I knew Long's Drugs had got bought, so I asked about it at the Long's pharmacy and they said they are still going to be doing our prescriptions there! PHEW! Thanks for the scare Rite Aid, but you won't gain my business from it. —Rachelottlinger

2009-08-20 23:30:36   One time the north davis rite aid had sex toys in the front aisle. I believe it was around Valentine's Day. My friends and I chuckled as we lined up for the cashier's in front of the aisles. —WengFF

2009-09-14 15:06:11   The one hour lab in the South Davis location has been out three times in a row, within the last month. Reasons range from no operator to no chemicals, or as I was explained once by a clerk, they don't process FILM in one hour, only digital. Upon calling the store to check the status of their one hour operation and later speaking with the Manager (Monday), she recommended coming in on Wednesday - which kills the point of needing a one hour turnaround. Going to Ritz across town is very disappointing since our lab is literally next door, walking distance. —Alex

2009-10-07 00:48:20   What is the cost of the flu shots here? Does the Rite Aid near campus offer flu shots too, or just the one in South Davis? —IDoNotExist

2009-11-22 22:38:17   I love this Rite Aid because I live at Sycamore Lane and its super convenient. The people working there have always been nice to me. The only complaint I have is when I purchased their Revlon make up during their buy 1 get 1 free sale. Okay, that foundation SMELLED SO BAD! I would hold my nose while I applied it. So, I returned it (PLUS for allowing returns on makeup)! Then I bought another bottle a couple of weeks later because I ran out of foundation and it was no longer on sale.. This time, it smelled normal (had minimal to no smell) so I kept it. So.. I agree with whoever wrote that comment about being aware of the possibility that this Rite Aid sells old/expired make up. Sometimes, you can really tell because the consistency is .. not okay. —ElizabethLee

2010-01-12 19:44:36   I had the misfortune of having both bronchitis and pneumonia at the same time. Not to mention having to work 10 hours a day with no sick days available at this time. I had to wait an hour (Was told 5 minutes, then 20, then another 5)I had trouble standing. Then I get told its because they are so busy. I WAS THE ONLY ONE THERE! I asked to see a pharmasist to learn about the meds and I was refused! Once again because they are so jam packed. After dealing with being lied to I had to go outside for a smoke before I could tell the manager what piss poor employees he has. These people suck and I will be going to Target from now on. —Dozer

  • Not to pick on you but if you had bronchitis and pneumonia at the same time, you really shouldn't be smoking too. —OliviaY

2010-02-20 18:50:22   I frequent the Russell/Anderson Rite Aid simply because it's so close to campus, and I absolutely loathe the fact that there is one single line going down an aisle, and not a line forming from each open register. WHY is this?!?! I cannot stand walking in there and not know where I'm supposed to get in line, and WHY there isn't AT LEAST a "Line Forms Here" sign??

If the Rite Aid employee is still checking this, what is the deal with that? I seriously hate going to this Rite Aid for that reason. Still working on a letter to the Managers of this store. —redbike

2010-03-21 23:01:54   Just found out tonight that the Russell Rite Aid is open until 11 unsure about S. davis —ARWENNHOLD

2010-06-28 23:23:52   The one in South Davis is only open till 10 weekdays. I would edit the wiki but I am unsure how to do so. —cindersphere

2010-08-18 16:16:00   Recently, I've had very good service at the South Davis pharmacy. What I hate are the tricky pricing schemes. I bought two cans of nuts that I thought cost $2.99 each, but they rang up at $3.99, even with my Wellness card. I had the cashier suspend the sale while I checked the sign. I said, "My fault, it says I'll get an "up reward", so it's "like paying $2.99". An up reward is $1 toward your next purchase. I said to go ahead with the sale, but got only one up reward....there was fine print saying there's a limit of one per customer. I don't want to study fine print when shopping. Just post the price without gimmicks, please!!! —Linda

2011-01-31 17:20:57   I actually like the Rite Aid "Up Rewards." Dreyer's Ice Cream (1.5 qt.) was $2.99 today. You get a coupon for $2 off your next purchase. That makes the ice cream only 99 cents. What you can do is pay for the ice cream and get the $2 off coupon on the receipt. Then purchase the rest of your items and use the $2 off coupon from the first receipt. It's like free money! —MaxLucas

2011-04-12 00:14:29   I'm writing under my boyfriends account because I recently had a rough experience at the pharmacy. I went to rite aid to pick up my antibiotics, cough syrup, and inhaler. There was little to no wait time and the help was friendly. However, I was instructed by the pharmacist to take my antibiotics with a small snack. Upon getting home and reading the instructions on my medication it said "take with crackers, bread, or a small meal"...so I ate some yogurt. It just also happen to say "Do not take antacids within 2 hours of taking this medication." As an EE major, I have little background in the bio sciences...so besides tums and alkaselzer plus, I had no idea what an antacid was. My pharmacist did not warn me that yogurt works as a natural antacid! So I spent the next 6 hours vomiting with a 102F fever. I'd suggest going to a different pharmacy where the pharmacist take more care and have more experience in explaining how to take your medication. —kiddmit3

—While I don't know what exact medication you were taking, I do know that some antibiotics should not be taken with antacids or dairy. The reason is that some antacids contain calcium and dairy products contain calcium. Dairy products include yogurt, milk, and cheese. Calcium binds to the antibiotics and makes them not as effective as they could be. However, the antibiotics should work to some degree.

For example, "Do not take Cipro with dairy products such as milk or yogurt, or with calcium-fortified juice. You may eat or drink dairy products or calcium-fortified juice with a regular meal, but do not use them alone when taking Cipro. They could make the medication less effective." So it is ok to eat dairy with some antibiotics as long as the dairy products are eaten with a small meal. It is not ok to eat a dairy product alone, such as eating yogurt alone.

  • Quinolones: Calcium can interfere with the body's ability to absorb quinolone antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin or Cipro; levofloxacin, norfloxacin or Noroxin; and ofloxacin). Take calcium supplements 2 - 4 hours before or after taking quinolone antibiotics
  • Tetracyclines: Calcium can interfere with the body's ability to absorb tetracycline antibiotics (including doxycycline, minocycline, and tetracycline). Take calcium supplements 2 -4 hours before or after taking quinolone antibiotics.

Usually, if a drug is not to be taken with dairy, the bottle should be labeled with a warning sticker that says "Do not take with dairy products." CVS Pharmacy uses these stickers on their medications. The computer automatically prints out warning stickers that tell you what foods not to take with medications. I don't know if Rite Aid has a similar computer program. CVS also prints out a paper that tells you all about your drug and lists side effects, foods not to take, and other important information.

If you look up the exact drug on the internet, you can find out exactly what foods not to take. There is a lot of information on the internet and choose websites with good reputations such as drugs.com —MaxLucas

2011-04-30 11:31:59   The Rite-Aid on Russell: WHY does it only have one person working a single register??? That Rite Aid is so busy! PLEASE put more people on the registers. Every time I've been there the line has been so slow. I feel bad for the cashiers because I know they do the best they can, it's an issue of management, so I'm not hating on the employees. Also, I would recommend that you reorganize the store so that the line doesn't go down a random narrow aisle, it's very awkward and hard to tell who is in line and who isn't. I have accidentally "cut" in line several times because I was confused about where the line started, and if the line is long, you have to walk around the aisle to the back to get in line. It's just weird. I think they should have lines at each register instead. Other than this, not much to say, it's just a standard Rite Aid. When I get prescriptions filled they always offer to sit down and go through the information with me, which is really nice. I like the GNC mini-store and the selection of food like the pasta sauce. When I ask where to find something the employees are helpful and friendly. —AbigaleMoody

2011-06-15 20:03:59   The one at Russel Blvd is awesome. The cashiers are nice. One of them even remembers me. (If you're reading, you know who you are lol). —WengFF

2011-08-04 16:06:42   Long live "State Market". Any old timers will remember that cool tall (whole place was painted white) column in the front of the building, beautiful 50's/60's architecture. —OldDavis73

2012-10-29 23:47:20   The line at the Russell location is often very long. Probably partly due to understaffing but also the employees who move at the same pace whether there is no line or it's ten deep. I don't need a fake smile, I need to get in and out in under 15 minutes. —ScottB

2013-11-09 18:21:44   I hate this place. All I wanted was cough syrup so i could sleep easy tonight and no they ask for my ID and I for one wasn't informed getting damn cough syrup was so exclusive. Not only do I stand at the pharmacy for 20 minutes to ask what product am I even aloud to buy to get better they simply shoo me away like if I'm some sort of delinquent. Pharmacists are useless and so is everything in that store.

NEVER COMING HERE AGAIN. So mad and irritated. I guess I'll have to sleep or sweat out this flu with soup.


A law was passed and took effect January 2012 requiring that stores check ID and only sell cough syrup with dextromethorphan (DMX) to people 18 and over. When either chugged in large quantities or processed into an extremely potent form, DMX can produce a euphoric, almost hallucinogenic, high often called "robotripping" or "dexing." The California Poison Control System reports that DXM abuse calls for children under age 17 have increased 850 percent in the past decade, making DXM abuse the most commonly reported type of abuse in this age group. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law making California the first state in the nation to take such a strong stance against DXM. This rule applies to all stores and not just Rite Aid. You will face the same hassle at Safeway, CVS, Target, Walmart, etc. —MaxLucas

2014-04-30 09:07:13   Both RiteAids are consistently out of stock on my prescriptions. Frustrating because back home RiteAid is the best place to pick up my meds, and I don't really want to deal with switching over to another pharmacy. However, I may have to. This is the fifth time they've been out of stock, and I can't keep starting my prescriptions a day or two later than I should be. —MelanieKim

2014-05-01 08:35:33   Ditto for the Davis CVS's. —Chamoudah

2016-08-29 22:29:10   This is the worst pharmacy I've ever known (Russel & Anderson). They're constantly messing up my wife's prescriptions. For example, I went there today to pick up a couple for her and while they had one they didn't bother to tell me that they had another on file for her but were out of stock. When we finally got this little tidbit of information out of them we got the prescription transferred to a CVS on the other side of town. Not an ideal solution but at least we're going to get the stuff we need to feel better. —yu210148