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Procedure For Going To The Pharmacy

Author: Paul Granberg, Issue: October 2004, Topic: Medical

Usually there will be a pharmacy very close to the hospital that is responsible for filling all the hospital prescriptions. Ask at the reception desk where it is.

Getting a prescription filled in Japan is just like getting one filled anywhere else on the world. Just present your prescription and Health Insurance card to the cashier and after about 10 minutes your large package of drugs will be ready.

Japanese drugs are usually prescribed to treat just one symptom of your illness. If you have the 'flu, for example, you'll get:

  • 1 drug for a sore throat
  • 1 drug for aches and pains
  • 1 drug for fever
  • 1 drug for dehydration

And they're often not pills either. Japanese drugs come in powder form in small plastic pockets. To take one, you are supposed to pour the powder into your mouth and wash it down with some water.

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