Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ibuprofen in Japan

It's funny how many things I still have to learn about living in Tokyo. Up until a couple days ago I thought that ibuprofen wasn't available in Japan. But this past weekend when a friend was visiting I mentioned that I had a headache while we were out shopping, and just like that she popped into a drug store and bought me a box of ibuprofen.

It comes under the brand name Eve A, though there was also a generic in the store which I didn't have the presence of mind to take a picture of - I'll try to remedy that soon. Eve A contains a mixture of ibuprofen and caffeine. I find that a lot of Japanese medicines contain caffeine, possibly to perk you up, but also because caffeine speeds up the metabolism, resulting in the medication being absorbed faster. My friend said that Eve A is meant for treating cramps, but that lots of men and women take it for hangovers (particularly appreciating the caffeine) or other aches and pains. A dose is 2 pills, and a box that cost less than 600 yen (under $5) contains 60 pills.

Contains ibuprofen and caffeine

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  1. This is ultra helpful to visitors (and residents too). Wish I had known this when I was there!

    Do you have Twitter? Would like to give you a follow and re-tweet this article.

    1. Thank you so much! I don't have twitter, but please feel free to tweet it if you'd like.