Whether you have seasonal allergies, hay fever, or suddenly discovered you are allergic to some native plants you never encountered before moving to Japan, having allergy pills on-hand is a must.

In recent years, the number of foreign-branded allergy medicines have made their way into the Japanese market and are now available at any local drug store.

Select a category from the left or scroll through to see the whole list of the most popular allergy 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.