How to Buy Syringes Over the Counter

Syringes are little plastic tubes with a plastic plunger that are used to squirt liquid into or withdraw liquid from something, most often the body. Having syringes around the house can be useful, especially when you have young children. You can use syringes to administer liquid medication orally to young children to avoid the spills you might experience when using a spoon. You can also use syringes to squirt liquids into tight spaces, such as lubricant on hinges. But, first you have to find a way to purchase syringes over the counter.

Buying Syringes Over the Counter

Go to a drug store, such as Walgreens or CVS, to purchase syringes over the counter. You will find them near the medication or baby supplies, packaged individually.

Visit a medical supply company website to purchase a bulk quantity of syringes over the counter. One such medical supply company is linked in the Resources section.

Locate the link the the syringe section of the website (it may be bundled with needles), and click on the link. You may need to further narrow your results by clicking on a link that will display syringes only, removing needles and syringes with needles from your results.

Browse through their selection of syringes until you find the kind you are looking for, and then click on that syringe. You need to take into consideration the volume of the syringe and its intended purpose when selecting a syringe. An insulin syringe will be marked in units of insulin, rather than in the typical cc measurements. Oral syringes are designed for the administration of liquid medications orally. You will also see irrigation syringes that are used to flush out an area, such as the mouth or a wound.

Select how many you want to purchase and add them to your cart. Then proceed to checkout. Fill in the blank fields with the correct information, such as billing address, credit card information and shipping address in order to complete your order.


Typically, when you use a medical supply company to purchase syringes you will be purchasing the plastic tube and plunger combination, not a syringe with a needle. To purchase a syringe and needle combination you will need to either purchase the two parts separately or shop specifically for a syringe that comes with a needle.