Japanese Phrases at Drugstores

When going abroad on a trip, it is wiser to take some household medicine by considering unexpected illness. However, there are some medicines that you can bring on flight. Also, you might not be able to avoid buying medicine at local drug stores in case of long stay. These Japanese samples can be used when you have to buy some medicine in Japan in emergency.

* If you are allergic to a certain substance, it is better not to buy medicine containing unclear constituents.

* These samples are basically in conversation style. Also, some useful expressions are added.

...Customer ●...Attendant

Buying Over-the-counter drugs at a pharmacy. 薬局で市販薬品を買う
Do you have medicine for diarrhea? 下痢止めの薬はありますか?
Geridome no Kusuri wa arimasu ka?
Do you have medicine for constipation? 便秘薬はありますか?
(便秘=コンスティペイション)
Benpiyaku wa arimasu ka
Do you have medicine for a cold? 風邪薬はありますか?
Kazegusuri wa arimasu ka?
Do you have medicine for headache? 頭痛薬はありますか?
(頭痛=ヘデック)
Zutsuuyaku wa arimasu ka?
Do you have medicine for stomachache? 胃薬(胃痛薬)はありますか?
Igusuri (Itsuuyaku) wa arimasu ka?
Do you have medicine for heartburn? むねやけ止めの薬はありますか?
(むねやけ=ハートバーン)
Muneyakedome no Kusuri wa arimasu ka?
Do you have medicine for a temperature? 解熱薬はありますか?
Genetsuyaku wa arimasu ka?
Do you have medicine for nausea? 吐き気を止める薬はありますか?
(吐き気=ノーシャス)
Hakike wo tomeru Kusuri wa arimasu ka?
Do you have medicine for a toothache? 歯の痛みを止める薬はありますか?
(歯痛=トゥースィック)
Hano Itami wo tomeru Kusururi wa arimasu ka?
Do you have medicine for hemorrhoids? 痔に効く薬はありますか?
(痔=ヘモ ゥロイド)
Ji ni kiku Kusuri wa arimasu ka?
Ask an attendant  

Do you have medicine for _______?

~の薬はありますか?
---- no Kusuri wa arimasu ka?
You need a prescription to buy the medicine. その薬の購入には処方箋が必要です。
Sono Kusuri no Kounyuu niwa Shohousen ga Hitsuyou desu.
Yes. This is medicine for _________. はい、ございます。これが~の薬です。
Hai, gozai masu. Kore ga ---- no Kusuri desu.
Which one do you recommend for me? どれがお勧めですか?
Dore ga Osusume desu ka?
What is the condition of your illness. Is it serious? Or just a light illness? 軽い症状ですか?重い症状ですか?
Karui Shoujou desu ka? Omoi Shoujou desu ka?
If it is not so serious, this medicine would be of help. 軽いのならこちらがお勧めです。
Karui no nara, Kochira ga Osusume desu.
If it is serious, this medicine would be of help. However, you should read the introduction carefully and follow the recommendations. 重いならこの薬がお勧めです。ただし、効き目が強いので使用方法を守って服用するよう、注意してください。
Omoi nara, Kono Kusuri ga Osusume desu. Tadashi, Kikime ga tsuyoi node, Shiyou Houhou wo mamotte Fukuyou suru you, Chuui shite kudasai.
OK, I will take this. それではこれを下さい。
Soredewa, Kore wo kudasai.
Precriptions  
Could you fill this prescription, please? この処方箋の薬を下さい。
Kono Shohousen no Kusuri wo kudasai.
Sure. Please wait. I will get ready for you. はい、分かりました。
今、ご用意しますので、お待ち下さい。
Hai, wakari mashita. Ima, Goyoui shimasu node, omachi kudasai.
Ask how to take Medicines  
How do I take this? どのように飲むのですか?
Dono you ni, nomu no desu ka?
You should take it 3 times a day, after meals. Take only 1 tablet at one time. 1日3回、食後に服用してください。1回に1錠服用してください。
Ichi-nichi San(3)-kai, Shoku-go ni Fukuyou shite kudasai. Ikkai ni Ichi-jou Fukuyou shite kudasai.
You should take it 1 time a day, before meals. Take 2 tablets at one time. 1日1回、食前に服用してください。1回に2錠服用してください。
Ichi-nichi Ikkai, Shoku-zen ni Fukuyou shite kudasai. Ichi-nichi ni Ni-jou Fukuyou shite kudasai.
The explanation of how to take this medicine is written here. (pointing by finger) 服用方法はここに書いてあります。
(指差しながら)
Fukuyou Houhou wa koko ni kaite arimasu.
Would you please write down here how I should take this medicine just in case I forget your advice. 念の為、服用方法をここに書いて下さい。
(このサンプルを見せながら ↓)
Nenno tame, Fukuyou Houhou wo kokoni kaite kudasai.

この薬は1日________回、食前 ・ 食後 ・ 食間 に________錠服用する。
Kono Kusuri wa Ichi-nichi ________ kai Shoku-zen , Shoku-go ., Shokkan ni ________jo Fukuyou suru.

This medicine should be taken __________ time(s) a day before meals / after meals / between meals

Take _________ tablet(s) at one time.

Others  
Do you have an ointment for itching? かゆみ止めの塗り薬はありますか?
Kayumi Dome no Nuri Gusuri wa arimasu ka?
Do you have insects-protection lotion? 虫除けのローションはありますか?
Mushi Yoke no Roushon wa arimasu ka?
Do you have eye drops? 目薬はありますか?
Megusuri wa arimasu ka?
Do you have plaster? バンソウコウはありますか?
Bansoukou wa arimasu ka?
Do you have cold/warm compresses? 冷湿布/温湿布はありますか?
Shippu / Onshippu wa arimasu ka?
Do you have cotton swabs? 綿棒はありますか?
Menbo wa arimasu ka?
Do you have Vitamin C? ビタミンC剤はありますか?(ビタミン=ヴァイタミン)
Bitamin C-zai wa arimasu ka?
Do you have Vitamin E? ビタミンE剤はありますか?
Bitamin E-zai wa arimasu ka?
Do you have Sun-protection lotion? 日焼け止めはありますか?
Hiyake-dome wa arimasu ka?
Do you have diapers? オムツはありますか?
Omutsu wa arimasu ka?
Do you have instant baby foods? インスタントの離乳食はありますか?
Instant no Rinyu-shoku(Baby Food)wa arimasu ka?

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