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So you got sick in China but you're not ready to try Traditional Chinese Medicine yet? That's OK! Here's a useful list for when you head to the pharmacy for Western medicines.

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Note: we are not doctors! Just cross-cultural helpers trying to help you adapt to life in China - Although we consulted medical professionals and pharmacists for this post, please please please go to the hospital and find a qualified doctor before taking any medication you're uncertain of...

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And another note: All of these medications have side effects, and some more than others. Read the labels in regard to the recommended dosing of each medication to prevent serious problems and don't forget to ask the pharmacists for clear instructions. If you can't do that, definitely get a knowledgeable bilingual friend to help... and don't mix any of these with alcohol if you care about your liver~

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 Pain & Fever 
 
疼痛   发烧
 téng tòng            fā shā

Acetaminaphen [əˌsiːtəˈmɪnəfən]
对乙酰氨基酚duì yǐ xiāān jī fēn

(ex. Tylenol, Panadol)

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Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs):
非类固醇性消炎药

fēi lèi gù chún xìng xiāo yán yà

Ibuprofen [.aɪbju'proʊfən]
布洛芬 
bù luò fē

(ex. Motrin, Advil)

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Naproxen [nə'prɒksən]
萘普生nài pǔ shēng 

(ex. Aleve)

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Aspirin ['æsprɪn]
阿司匹林ā sī pǐ lín

(ex. Bayer, St. Joseph's)

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 Cough 
 咳嗽 

 ké sò

Dextromethorphan[dɛkstroʊmi'θɔrfn]
美沙芬měi shā fēn

(ex. Theraflu, Vicks)

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Guaifenesin [ɡjʊrɪf'nezɪn]
愈创甘油醚yù chuàng gān yóu mí

(ex. Robitussin, Mucinex)

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Throat Lozenges [θroʊt 'lɑzəndʒ]
咳嗽糖ké sòu táng

(ex. Halls, Ricola, Golden Throat 金嗓子 jīn sǎng zǐ)
English teachers everywhere swear by this stuff!

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Other useful terms:
Benzocaine
[benzəʊ'keɪn]
苯佐卡因běn zuǒ kǎ yīn

Menthol[ˈmenθɔ:l]
薄荷醇bò hé chún

 Head & 
 Sinus Congestion 
 
耳鼻喉炎

ěr bí hóu yá

Decongestants: [.dikən'dʒestənt]
减充血剂 
jiǎn chōng xuè jì 

Pseudoephedrine[sjuːdoʊ.ˈfɛdrɪn]

假麻黄碱jiǎ má huáng jiǎ

(ex. Sudafed)

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Oxymetazoline [ɒksɪmɛtəzə'lin]
羟甲唑啉 
qiǎng jiǎ zuò lí

(ex. Sinex, Telnase)

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 Sore Throat,
 Headache, 
 Earache & 
 Body Aches 
 (Infections) 
 喉咙痛、头痛 

 耳痛、浑身疼 

(感染)

 hóu lóng tòng, tóu tòng, 

 ěr tòng, hún shēn téng 
 (gǎn rǎn) 

Acetaminaphen[əˌsiːtəˈmɪnəfən]
对乙酰氨基酚 
duì yǐ xiāān jī fēn

(ex. Sore throat lozenges, Cepacol, Strepsils)

(see above)

General Antibiotics[.æntaɪbaɪ'ɑtɪk]
抗生素 
kàng shēng sù

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Penicillin[.penə'sɪlɪn]
青霉素 
qīng méi sù 

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Amoxicillin[əˌmɔːksiˈsiːlən]

阿莫西林ā mò xī lí


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 Sneezing, 
 Runny Nose, 

 Watery Eyes 
 打喷嚏流鼻涕
 流泪 

 dǎ pēn tì, liú bí tì
 liú lè

Antihistamine[.æntɪ'hɪstə.min]
抗组胺药 
kàng zǔ àn yà

(ex. Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra)

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 Upset Stomach 
 
胃不舒服
 wèi bú shū fú

Bismuth subsalicylate['bɪzməθ sʌb'sæləsɪˌleɪt]

碱式水杨酸铋jiǎn shì shuǐ yáng suān bì

(ex. Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate)

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Bicarbonate Tablets[ˌbaɪ'kɑ:bənət]
碳酸氢钠片 
tàn suān qīng nà piàn

(ex. Alka Seltzer)

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Simethicone['saɪmθɪkəʊn]
西甲硅油 
xī jiǎ guī yóu

(ex. Gas-X)

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Antacids[ænt'æsɪd]
解酸药 
jiě suān yào

(ex. Rolaids, Tums)

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Dimenhydrinate [ˌdaɪmen'haɪdrəˌneɪt]
茶苯海明 
chá běn hǎi míng
(ex. Dramamine)

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 Constipation 

 便秘 
 biàn mì 

Senna glycoside['senə 'glaɪkəˌsaɪd]

番泻叶fān xiè yè

(ex. Ex-Lax)

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Other useful terms:

Glycerin ['ɡlɪsərɪn]
甘油gān yóu

Bisacodyl['bɪzəkədɪl]
比沙可啶bǐ shā kě dìng

 Diarrhea 
 
腹泻拉肚子
 fù xiè (lā dù zǐ )

Attapulgite[ətæ'pʌldʒɪt]

凹凸棒石āo tū bàng shí

(ex. Diocalm, Diatrol)

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Loperamide['ləʊpərəmɪd]
洛哌丁胺 
luò pài dīng à

(ex. Imodium A-D)

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Bismuth subsalicylate['bɪzməθ sʌb'sæləsɪˌleɪt]

碱式水杨酸铋jiǎn shì shuǐ yáng suān bì

(ex. Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate)

(see above)

 Sleep Issues 

 睡眠问题 

 shuì mián wèn tí 

Antihistamine[.æntɪ'hɪstə.min]
抗组胺药kàng zǔ àn yào
(see above)

Diphenhydramine[dɪfen'hɪdrʌmən]
苯海拉明 
běn hǎi lā míng

(ex. Benadryl, Tylenol PM)

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Melatonin[.melə'toʊnɪn]
褪黑素 
tuì hēi sù 

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 Skin Allergy 
 & Itching 

 皮肤过敏和瘙痒 

 pí fū guò mǐ
 sào yǎng 

Antihistamine[.æntɪ'hɪstə.min]
抗组胺药kàng zǔ àn yào
(see above)

Diphenhydramine[dɪfen'hɪdrʌmən]
苯海拉明 
běn hǎi lā míng

(see above)

 Nasal Allergy 

 鼻过敏 

 bí guò mǐ

Cromolyn sodium[k'rɒməʊlɪn 'soʊdiəm]
色甘酸钠 
sè gān suān nà 

(ex. Nasalcrom)

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