As far as I can tell, all the effective medication available in Australia is banned in Japan (contains sudoephadrine, sp?).
Anybody know of effective medication available in Japan?
2002-07-26, 08:29 AM
Have answered this before:
*Make sure it is sinusitis - get it diagnosed properly. If persistent in nasal area, consider drilling sinuses out. If only ear related, i.e. blocked eustachian tube, consider mucolytic therapy such as bromocysteine, helps thin mucus. But get it diagnosed and treated professionally.
Some other measures which may help:
Take hot baths and showers--the steam soothes your sinuses. Don't inhale steam from a kettle, you may get scalded.
* Use a vaporizer at night to keep your nasal passages from drying out.
* Control your allergies. Use air-filtering vacuum cleaners and HEPA filters.
* Drink more fluids. But not too much
* Acetaminophen/Tylenol or ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin may help alleviate the pain caused by the pressure.
* Saline sprays or washes may help loosen and clear secretions. Old Hindu way of inhaling water into the nose and exhaling, uncomfortable at first, but practice makes it easier. Helps if you are a diver!
* Antihistamines/Benadryl should be avoided because they make the situation worse by drying the nasal passages and turning nasal secretions to glue, making sinusitis a more likely complication of a cold.
Effective medication available in Japan :-), not really, unless you bring your own in. BUT try the Chinese White Lotus Oil - ”’‰Ô–û aka Kwan Loong Oil - menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, salicylates and lavender - quite soothing and helps keep nasal passages cool. Even Vick might help.
Friends also talk of Chinese medicine and acupuncture, but not convinced of the evidence there.
*Have never had problems with bringing in pseudoephedrine into Japan - the family have boxes of it at home for diving. Easily puchased in Asian pharmacies, just get a personal prescription label on it.