=I ate too much…
Yep! I ate too much last night, and I have a stomachache today.
So today’s word is 薬=kusuri=medicine
薬 =くすり/やく = kusuri/yaku
= kusuri wo nomu
= to take medicine
（The verb 飲む（ = nomu) means “to drink” but we also use it to take medicine.
(Note! You cannot literally say “take” medicine (薬を取る ( = kusuri wo toru) in Japanese. It sounds strange.)
In Japan we can buy over the counter medicine like pain killers, cold medicine at a 薬局 ( = yakkyoku) , pharmacy.
For the more seriously sick, we go to the doctor or hospital and either get medicine there directly or get a 処方箋 ( = shohousen) =prescription and go to 処方箋薬局 ( = yakkyoku) pharmacy where they deal with prescription medicine.
Basically there are two kinds of medicines.
•外用薬 ( = gaiyouyaku) external medicine
!candy! Basic medicines
•塗り薬 = nuri gusuri = topical cream
•湿布薬 = shippuyaku = compress, pack, anti-inflammatory analgesic plaster
•消毒薬 = shoudokuyaku = antiseptic substance
•目薬 = megusuri = eye-drop
•内服薬 = naifukuyaku = medicine for internal use
We also call it as
•のみぐすり = 飲み薬 = nomigusuri = oral medicine
• 粉薬 = こな薬 = powder medicine
How to count: 包 = hou, pou
•カプセル = kapuseru = capsule
How to count: 個 = ko
•錠剤 = jouzai = pills
How to count: 錠 = jou
!candy! Basic medicines
•風邪薬 = kazegusuri = cold medicine
•胃腸薬 = ichouyaku = digestive medicine
•頭痛薬 = zutsuuyaku = headache medication
•痛み止め = itamidome = pain killer
•下痢止め薬 = geridomeyaku = anti-diarrhea medication
•便秘薬 = benpiyaku = laxative product
•ビタミン剤 = bitaminzai = vitamins
•とんぷく薬 = 頓服薬 = tonpukuyaku
= medicines for internal use which you take when it is necessary like pain killer.
Besides とんぷく薬 ( = tonpukuyaku) , we are supposed to take medicine regularly.
Almost all the medicine has these notes outside of the box or envelope.
Ex.１日３回 = ichinichi sankai = three times a day
Ex.１日２回 = ichinichi nikai = twice a day
Ex. 毎食後 = maishokugo = after each meal
Ex. 朝•昼•ねる前•（ ）時間毎に
=asa/hiru/nerrumae/ ( ) jikan goto ni
=in the morning/at noon/before going to bed/ every ( ) hours
Ex. 食後•食前•食間 = shokugo/shokuzen/shokkan = after meal/before meal/during the meal
Ex. 各２個(２種）おのみ下さい。= Kaku niko (nishu) onomi kudasai = Please take two for each medicine. (two kinds (of medicines)
=Minasan mo tabesugi niwa kiwotukete kudasaine.
=You should be careful not to eat too much either!
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