Where to find OTC medicines in Japan

Poste date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

While living in or traveling through Japan, you never know when you may need a band-aid, some headache relief or maybe even a bit of cold medicine. Perhaps your ailment isn’t dire enough to warrant a visit to the doctors or you may already know what you need.

OTC (Over-the-counter) medicine can be purchased in many stores throughout Japan such as at a pharmacy (drugstore) or at some large  supermarkets. Though convenient for most things, finding medicine at a convenience store is very unlikely.


Here are some easy to find places that sell OTC medicine.

 

Major drugstores in Japan

Tsuruha Drug is one of the biggest drugstore chains in Japan. Their stores are located throughout Japan.

http://www.tsuruha.co.jp/

Sun Drug is also a nationwide drugstore chain.

http://www.e-map.ne.jp/

Matsumoto Kiyoshi have stores through Kanto area to Okinawa. You can find many of their stores especially around Tokyo.

http://www.matsukiyo.co.jp/

Welcia is a drugstore chain that you can find their stores from North Japan to Kansai area.

http://as.chizumaru.com/

Kusuri no Fukutaro is a group company of Tsuruha drug (above). You can find their stores in Tokyo and Chiba area.

http://www.kusurinofukutaro.co.jp/

Daikoku Drug has their stores throughout Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Their main territory is in Kansai, especially in Osaka.

http://daikokudrug.com/shop/

 

How to read the medicine's directions


The directions for the dosages of each medicine is usually displayed on the back of the box or bottle.

①【用法・容量】
次の1回量を1日3回、食後なるべく30分以内に水又はぬるま湯で服用してください。

→【Directions】
Take the indicated quantity of medicine with water 3 times a day within 30 minutes of eating breakfast / lunch / dinner.

② 年齢: Age
    1回量: Dosage
    成人(15才以上): Adults (15 years & over)   
    3錠: 3 tablets
    11才~14才: 11 to 14 years old
    2錠: 2 tablets
    5才~10才: 5 to 10 years old
    1錠: 1 tablet

①【用法・容量】
次の1回量を朝夕食後なるべく30分以内に水又はぬるま湯と一緒に服用してください。

→【Directions】
Take the indicated quantity with water within 30 minutes of eating breakfast in the morning and dinner at night.

② 年齢: Age
 1回量: Dosage
 1日服用: Daily dose
   成人(15才以上): Adults(15 years & over)
 2カプセル: 2 capsules
 2回(朝・夕): 2 times (morning&evening)
   7才~14才: 7 to 14 years
 1カプセル: 1 capsule
 2回(朝・夕): 2 times (morning&evening)
   7才未満: under 7 years
 服用しないこと: Do not use

 

Medicine for headache (Zutsû yaku - 頭痛薬)


Here is a useful Japanese phrase to use when purchasing medicine for a headache:
"Zutsû yaku" wa arimasu ka? (Do you have medicine for a headache?)

Bufferin

 

Loxonin

 

Eve

 

Medicine for stomachache (Igusuri - 胃薬 or Ichôyaku - 胃腸薬)


Here is a useful Japanese phrase to use when purchasing medicine for a stomachache:
"Igusuri" wa arimasu ka? (Do you have medicine for a stomachache?)

pansiron

 

Buscopan

Cabagine

 

Medicine for diarrhea (Geridome - 下痢止め)


Here is a useful Japanese phrase to use when purchasing medicine for when you have diarrhea:
"Geridome" wa arimasu ka? (Do you have medicine for diarrhea?)

Seirogan

 

Pishatto (you can take it without water)

 

Sutoppa (you can take it without water)

 

Medicine for cold (Kaze gusuri - 風邪薬)


Here is a useful Japanese phrase to use when purchasing cold medicine:
"Kaze gusuri" wa arimasu ka? (Do you have medicine for a cold?)

Lulu

 

Contac

 

Kakkonto



For wounds (Kizu gusuri - キズ薬)


Here is a useful Japanese phrase to use when purchasing ointment for wounds:
"Kizu gusuri" wa arimasu ka? (Do you have ointment for wounds?)

 

Oronain

 

For disinfection (shodoku eki - 消毒液)


Here is a useful Japanese phrase to use when purchasing liquid disinfectant for cuts and scratches:
"Shodoku eki" wa arimasu ka? (Do you have liquid disinfectant?)

 

Makiron

 

Oxidol "オキシドール" (Hydrogen Peroxide)



For insect bites (Mushi sasare - 虫さされ)


Here is a useful Japanese phrase to use when purchasing an insect bite reliever :
"Mushi sasare no kusuri" wa arimasu ka? (Do you have an insect bite reliever?)


Muhi

 

Una kowa

 

Muhi (Liquid)



For skin burns (Yakedo - ヤケド)


Here is a useful Japanese phrase to use when purchasing ointment for burns:
"Yakedo no kusuri" wa arimasu ka? (Do you have an ointment for burns?)

Panpasu nankô

 

For more Japanese words and phrases of medical expressions


You can learn more Japanese words and phrases of medical expressions on JHI(Japan Healthcare Info)'s website.

 

 

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