Popular Japanese OTC Medicines for Cold: Efficacy and Price for 5 Medicines

      2017/11/07

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Feel dizzy? Got a sore throat or running nose?

Then you are probably sick.

 

But do you know what medicine to buy in Japan?

What medications work for you?

 

 

 

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What to do When Sick

If you think you are sick, stay home and take a rest.

Don’t go to work or school if you are terribly sick!

 

That’s what some people do and spread virus to others.

If a person has flu and goes to school or work, that’s a nightmare…

 

If you already have medicine, take some. Drink plenty of water and sleep.

 

If you don’t have any medicine, go buy some.

But you are probably not sure which one to buy?

 

 

Popular Cold Medicines in Japan

 

Below are popular medicines that can be bought in drugstores in Japan.

 

1. Korugen Kowa IB TXα (コルゲンコーワIB錠TXα)

Source:http://hc.kowa.co.jp/otc/13565

 

 

Amount: 3 tablets every 8 hours, 3 times a day.

Price: around 2,000 yen

 

Efficacy (Out of 5)

Fever 5

Body Ache 5

Sore Throat 5

Runny Nose 2

Cough 2

 

This medicine is especially recommended for sore throat and fever. If you have body ache, it works as well.

 

 

2. Paburon Ace Pro by Taisho Seiyaku (パブロンエースPro錠:大正製薬)

 

Source: http://www.catalog-taisho.com/

 

Amount: 3 bags every 8 hours, 3 times a day.

Price: around 2,000 yen with 36 tablets, 1,400 yen with 18 tablets

 

Efficacy (Out of 5)

Fever 5

Body Ache 3

Sore Throat 3

Runny Nose 3

Cough 5

 

If you have terrible cough, take this medicine. Its package says it works for all sort of cold symptoms. However, it works extremely well for cough.

 

 

3. Lulu Attack EX (ルルアタックEX:第一三共ヘルスケア)

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Source: http://www.daiichisankyo-hc.co.jp

 

Amount: 2 tablets every 8 hours, 3 times a day.

Price: around 1,700 yen

 

Efficacy (Out of 5)

Fever 5

Body Ache 5

Sore Throat 5

Runny Nose 4

Cough 3

 

This medicine relieves headache, sore throat, muscle and joint pain. It contains ibuprofen just like Advil to reduce pain. If you have multi-symptoms, try this!

 

 

4. Paburon S Gold W by Taisho Seiyaku (パブロンSゴールドW:大正製薬)

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Source: http://www.taisho.co.jp/

 

Amount: 1 bag every 8 hours, 3 times a day.

Price: around 2,000 yen

 

Efficacy (Out of 5)

Fever 3

Body Ache 3

Sore Throat 5

Runny Nose 4

Cough 5

 

This medicine works well for reducing coughing and sneezing as well as headache. Children can also take it as long as they are over 8 years old.

 

 

5. Estakku Eve Fine (エスタック イブ ファイン)

estakku-eve

Source: http://www.ssp.co.jp

 

Amount: 3 tablets every 8 hours, 3 times a day.

Price: around 1,800 yen

 

Efficacy (Out of 5)

Fever 4

Body Ache 4

Sore Throat 5

Runny Nose 5

Cough 5

 

If you catch a terribly strong cold, try this. This medicine basically works for everything, including fever, coughing, runny nose, sneezing and joint or muscle pain.

 

 

Summary

Cold medicine in Japan is generally weaker than that of North America.

If you compare Japanese medicine to North American medicine, you might feel its efficacy is weak and it’s not working well.

 

You can also wear surgical masks to prevent spreading virus to others.

 

If you think you “might” have flu, go see a doctor. You need to get prescribed medicine to recover from flu.

 

Hope you get better soon!!

 

 

 

 

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