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5 Must-Buy Medicines at Japanese Drugstores

It can be reassuring to know the common medicines in the country that you're visiting in the event that you feel sick on your travels. Furthermore, many people like buying healthcare goods from Japan as souvenirs. So, this article introduces five particularly recommended medicines! *Please check with the pharmacist before buying medical supplies in drugstores, and be sure to read the usage cautions and strictly follow the directions and dosage.

1. For Headaches and Fevers - EVE, SSP Co. Ltd.

EVE is a fever and pain reducing medicine that contains ibuprofen and works to combat headaches, period pains, and fevers by fighting against the development of prostaglandin, the compound that generates these pains. There have been a number of different products developed under the EVE brand, such as small tablets that go down easily and another type that can be taken without water.

Sample price: EVE Quick For Headache EX (EVEクイック頭痛薬DX) - 10 pills, 645 JPY (incl. tax)

1. For Headaches and Fevers - EVE, SSP Co. Ltd.

2. When You Have an Upset Stomach - Cabagin Kowa α (キャベジン コーワα), Kowa

Cabagin Kowa α is a digestive medicine that has been beloved by Japanese customers since it first emerged in 1960. It helps repair the damaged mucous membrane in the stomach, leveraging the active ingredient MMSC (methylmethionine sulfonium chloride) that aims to restore the general working of the digestive system. Moreover, it also contains perilla leaves, which improves the functioning of the stomach, restoring you to normal working order.

Sample pricing: 300 tablets, 1,980 JPY (incl. tax)

2. When You Have an Upset Stomach - Cabagin Kowa α (キャベジン コーワα), Kowa

3. Foot Care at the End of the Day - Kyusoku Jikan (休足時間), LION

These medical sheets care for tired feet at the end of a long day of walking. This popular series is perfect after an evening bath or just before bedtime, and there are a number of different products under the brand. For example, the Foot Refreshing Sheet - Kyusoku Jikan (足すっきりシート 休足時間) sticks to calves, ankles, and the underside of the foot, and gives off a refreshing and cool sensation. Another option is the Kyusoku Jikan - Pressure Point Attacking Gel Sheet (休足時間 ツボ刺激ジェルシート) that targets pressure points on the underside of the foot with a comfortable cooling sensation.

Sample Price: Kyusoku Jikan - Pressure Point Attacking Gel Sheet - 12 sheets, 641 JPY (incl. tax)

3. Foot Care at the End of the Day - Kyusoku Jikan (休足時間), LION

4. For Stiff Shoulders and Muscle Pain - Salonpas (サロンパス), Hisamitsu

Salonpas is a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory and has been held deeply to the hearts of Japanese people through the years. There are a number of different products under this brand, such as those that offer a milder stimulus, as well as a soft-fit type. Containing active methyl salicylate compounds, Salonpas works to loosen stiff shoulders and ease lower back and muscle pain. Salonpas is made to be flexible, soft, and comfortable. Customers will also be glad to hear that there are also varieties that are designed not to stand out against the skin, with a beige color or semi-translucent form.

Sample price: Salonpas - 40 sheets (2 boxes of 20 sheets each), 540 JPY (excl. tax)

4. For Stiff Shoulders and Muscle Pain - Salonpas (サロンパス), Hisamitsu

5. For Painful Stomachs - Stoppa (ストッパ), LION

Have you ever been in a situation when you are riding a train or even just walking on the street, when all of a sudden your stomach starts to hurt (perhaps a bout of diarrhea or food poisoning)? Stoppa is an anti-diarrheal medication that works to combat these tough symptoms. Some key features of these tablets are that they can be taken without water, they quickly melt in the mouth, and they don't leave you feeling drowsy. You can also enjoy a full range of flavors, such as grapefruit.

Sample price: Stoppa EX Anti-diarrheal (ストッパ下痢止めEX) - 24 tablets, 1,814 JPY (incl. tax)

5. For Painful Stomachs - Stoppa (ストッパ), LION

The products that have been introduced in this article are found in most drugstores across Japan. Make sure to look out for them!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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