Reply To: Finding specific supplies in Tokyo/Kyoto

  • Josh Grisdale

    September 22, 2023 at 11:52 am

    I am FAR from an expert but it seems that over-the-counter (OTC) meds here come in three types depending on potential side-effects. Type 2-3 don’t need a pharmacist but are only sold at registered drug stores (so, smaller train station ones likely only have basics, and no OTC). Type 1 has the highest chance of side-effects (or more severe potential side-effects) and require an explanation by a pro when being purchased. So you might find some stores with no OTC, some with only types 2 and 3 (because they are registered but maybe no pharmacist), and others with types 1-3. It will be listed on the website if you are getting the hotel to help you.

    There seems to be a category of medications needing guidance that require a pharmacist (above the OTC categories). BUP-4 Lady falls under this it seems, so you will need a store with a pharmacist.

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