How to choose medicines when sick or injured
It depends on the symptoms or conditions, but here are some good general medicines:
* Makiron （マキロン） is a disinfectant; use on cuts, scrapes, or small wounds.
* Oronine （オロナイン） is an ointment with disinfectant properties; use on cuts, scrapes, or small wounds to aid healing.
* Paburon （パブロン） is good general cold medicine; use for cold symptoms including coughing, phlegm, throat pain, sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, chills, headache, fever, joint and muscular pain. Available in capsules or tablets.
* Stoppa （ストッパ） is an anti-diarrheal medicine.
* Despa (デスパ, but the package has the name in English) is a medicine for cold sores in the mouth and swollen gums.
* Muhi S(ムヒS) is a cream-based medicien for itchiness, skin irritations, and bug bites.
If you have symptoms of illness and can speak a little Japanese (or get someone to go with you ) most drug stores have a pharmacist on staff who can assist you with choosing the best medicine to deal with your symptoms.