If colds hit you harder in Japan than they did in your home country and you don’t have time to go to the doctor, you’re going to need some over-the-counter meds.
You can get a wide variety of cold/flu medicines in Japan, from simple sniffle-stoppers to heavy-duty multi-symptom meds.
Select a category from the left or scroll through to see the whole list of the most popular cold/flu medicines in Japan.
If you take an MAOI, warfarin, blood pressure medication, or any other regular medication for a mental or physical disease or condition, are pregnant, nursing, or simply not sure, consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication.
Japanese OTC labels often do not provide medication-specific warnings, so if you're unsure of drug interactions, be safe and ask your doctor before taking anything.