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Digestive/GI

Digestive issues happen to the best of us, and if you don’t know what products are available or how to read the box, asking a shop clerk can be embarrassing. We’ve got a list for you of the most common medicines available in Japan for lower GI issues.

Select a category from the left or scroll through to see the whole list of the most popular digestive medicines in Japan.

If you take an MAOI, warfarin, blood pressure medication, or any other regular medication for a mental or physical disease or condition, are pregnant, nursing, or simply not sure, consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication.

Japanese OTC labels often do not provide medication-specific warnings, so if you're unsure of drug interactions, be safe and ask your doctor before taking anything.

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Anti-diarrheals


Stoppa Anti-Diarrheal Ex

Stoppa Anti-Diarrheal Ex

Active ingredients (per 1 tablet):

  • Scopolia extract (anti-spasmodic) 60mg
  • Berberine tannate (anti-diarrheal) 100mg


Inactive ingredients: D-mannitol, cellulose, crospovidone, corn starch, gum arabic, magnesium stearate, aspartame (L-phenylalanine), l-menthol, fragrance

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Chew or allow to melt in mouth 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours, up to 3 times a day. Stop taking when diarrhea symptoms stop. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Japanese source:http://stoppa.lion.co.jp/product/stoppa/index.htm

The company that makes this product does not provide information on its products in English.


Stoppa L Anti-Diarrheal EX

Stoppa L Anti-Diarrheal EX

Active ingredients (per 1 tablet):

  • Scopolia extract 60mg
  • Berberine tannate (anti-diarrheal) 100mg
  • Peony extract 24mg


Inactive ingredients: D-mannitol, cellulose, crospovidone, corn starch, gum arabic, magnesium stearate, aspartame (L-phenylalanine ), l-menthol, fragrance

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Chew or allow to melt in mouth 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours, up to 3 times a day. Stop taking when diarrhea symptoms stop. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Japanese source:http://stoppa.lion.co.jp/product/stoppa_l/index.htm

The company that makes this product does not provide information on its products in English.


Stoppa Anti-Diarrheal Ex

Loperamac Satto
(for treatment of diarrhea)
(Same active ingredient as Imodium)

Active ingredient (per 2 tablets)

  • Loperamide HCl (anti-diarrheal) 1mg


Inactive ingredients: Erythritol, D-mannitol, povidone, sodium saccharin, polyethylene glycol, magnesium stearate, silicic anhydride, fragrance (l-menthol)

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take one tablet every 4-6 hours, up to 2 times per day. Stop taking this medication when your diarrhea stops. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Japanese source:http://search.sato-seiyaku.co.jp/pub/search/dispproduct.php

The company that makes this product does not provide information on its products in English.


Biofermin Antidiarrheal

Biofermin Antidiarrheal
(for treatment of vomiting and diarrhea)

Active ingredients (per 9 tablets):

  • Berberine tannate (antidiarrheal) 300mg
  • Geranium maculatum extract 420mg
  • Scopolia extract 33mg
  • Peony extract 125mg
  • Lactobacillus bifidus (probiotic) 30mg


Inactive ingredients: Corn starch, powdered sugar, calcium croscarmellose talc, magnesium stearate

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 and over: Take 3 tablets after meals, 3 times per day. Do not exceed 9 tablets per day. Children age 11 to 14, take 2 tablets after meals, 3 times per day. Do not exceed 6 tablets per day. Stop taking this medicine when your symptoms stop.

Children under 11 should not take this medicine.

Japanese source:http://www.biofermin.co.jp/products/geridome/info/

Probiotics



New Biofermin S

New Biofermin S
(for treatment of diarrhea, constipation/ for intestinal health)

Active ingredients (per 9 tablets):

  • Lactobacillus bifidus 18mg
  • Enterococcus faecalis 18mg
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus 18mg


Inactive ingredients: Corn starch, dextrin, lactose, calcium carbonate, powdered sugar, white sugar, magnesium stearate

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: take 3 tablets after meals, 3 times per day. Do not exceed 9 tablets per day. Children 5 to 14 years, take 2 tablets after meals, 3 times per day. Do not exceed 6 tablets per day. Children under 5 should not take this medicine.

Japanese source:http://www.biofermin.co.jp/products/biofermin_s/info/


Biofermin VC

Biofermin VC
(for treatment of constipation and bloating)

Active ingredients (per 6 tablets):

  • Lactobacillus bifidus 18mg
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus 18mg
  • Vitamin C 500mg
  • Vitamin B2 6mg
  • Vitamin B6 12mg


Inactive ingredients: Corn starch, reduced maltose syrup, calcium croscarmellose, erythritol, magnesium stearate, aspartame (L-phenylalinine), anhydrous silicic acid

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Take 2 tablets after eating 3 times per day. Do not exceed 6 tablets per day. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Japanese source:http://www.biofermin.co.jp/products/biofermin_vc/info/


Gas Pitan

Gas Pitan
(for treatment of gas block and bloating)

Active ingredients (per 3 tablets):

  • Enterococcus faecalis 24mg
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus 54mg
  • Lactobacillus bifidus 24mg
  • Cellulase AP3 (enzyme) 180mg
  • Dimethicone 180mg


Inactive ingredients: Lactitol, cellulose, anhydrous silicic acid, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, carmellose sodium, fragrance

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Chew or allow to melt in mouth 1 tablet before meals, 3 times daily. Do not exceed 3 tablets per day. Children under 15 should not take this medicine.

Stop taking this medicine when your symptoms stop. If you experience an itching, redness, or hives on your skin when using this medicine, stop use immediately and consult a physician.

Japanese source:http://www.kobayashi.co.jp/seihin/gpt/index.html


Hemorrhoid treatment



Borraginol A

Borraginol A
Individual, pre-dosed ointment applicators
Relieves pain, itching, and swelling of hemorrhoids and bleeding fissures

Active ingredients (per applicator):

  • Prednisolone acetate 1mg
  • Lidocaine 60mg
  • Allantoin 200mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 50mg


Inactive ingredients: White petrolatum, medium chain fatty acid triglyceride, glyceryl monostearate
Due to application method, a small amount of medicine will be left behind in each applicator. Applicators are filled accounting for this loss, to ensure you get the full dose of the ointment.

Instructions for use: For internal hemorrhoids: Remove the cap from one applicator, and insert into anus. Squeeze the applicator until empty. Adults and children 15 years and over: Use one applicator at onset of symptoms. Up to 2 applicators can be used per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

For external hemorrhoids: Remove the cap from one applicator, and squeeze contents onto finger. Spread the ointment onto the affected area. Adults and children 15 years and over: Use one applicator at onset of symptoms. Up to 3 applicators can be used per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

Japanese source:http://www.borraginol.com/products/chunyunanko_a/


Borraginol A Suppositories

Borraginol A Suppositories
Relieves pain, itching, and swelling of hemorrhoids and bleeding fissures

Active ingredients (per suppository):

  • Prednisolone acetate 1mg
  • Lidocaine 60mg
  • Allantoin 20mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 50mg


Inactive ingredient: hard fat

Instructions for use: Remove 1 suppository from its casing, and insert into cleaned anus. If the suppository comes back out, push it further. The suppository will settle higher up by itself.

Adults and children 15 years and over: Use 1 suppository to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms up to 2 times per day.
If suppositories melt or become soft from heat, they may be refrigerated to re-solidify.

Japanese source:http://www.borraginol.com/products/zazai_a/


Borraginol A Ointment

Borraginol A Ointment
Relieves pain, itching, and swelling of hemorrhoids and bleeding fissures

Active ingredients (per 1g):

  • Prednisolone acetate 0.5mg
  • Lidocaine 30mg
  • Allantoin 10mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 25mg


Inactive ingredients: White petrolatum, medium chain fatty acid triglyceride, glyceryl monostearate

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Squeeze an amount of ointment onto your finger and spread on the affected area, up to 3 times per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

Japanese source:http://www.borraginol.com/products/nanko_a/


Borraginol M Suppositories

Borraginol M Suppositories
Relieves pain and itching hemorrhoids and anal fissures

Active ingredients (per suppository)

  • Lidocaine 60mg
  • Enoxolone 30mg
  • Allantoin 20mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 50mg


Inactive ingredient: hard fat

Instructions for use: Instructions for use: Remove 1 suppository from its casing, and insert into cleaned anus. If the suppository comes back out, push it further. The suppository will settle higher up by itself. Adults and children 15 years and over: Use 1 suppository to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms up to 2 times per day. If suppositories melt or become soft from heat, they may be refrigerated to re-solidify.

Japanese source:http://www.borraginol.com/products/zazai_m/


Borraginol M Ointment

Borraginol M Ointment
Relieves pain and itching of hemorrhoids and anal fissures

Active ingredients (per 1g):

  • Lidocaine 30mg
  • Enoxolone 15mg
  • Allantoin 10mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 25mg


Inactive ingredients: White petrolatum, medium chain fatty acid triglyceride, glyceryl monostearate

Instructions for use: Adults and children 15 years and over: Squeeze an amount of ointment onto your finger and spread on the affected area, up to 3 times per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

Japanese source:http://www.borraginol.com/products/nanko_m/



G4 L Ointment

G4 L Ointment
Relieves pain and itching of hemorrhoids and anal fissures

Active ingredients (per 1g):

  • Prednisolone acetate 1mg
  • Lidocaine 30mg
  • Chlorpheniramine maleate 2mg
  • Allantoin 10mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 30mg
  • Cetylpyridinium chloride 2mg
  • Naphazoline hydrochloride 0.3mg


Inactive ingredients: Squalane, cetanol, vaseline

Instructions for use:
Adults and children 15 years and over:
Squeeze an amount of ointment onto your finger and spread on the affected area, up to 3 times per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

Japanese source: http://search.sato-seiyaku.co.jp/pub/search/dispproduct.php?productid=884


G4 L Suppositories

G4 L Suppositories
Relieves pain, itching, and swelling of hemorrhoids and bleeding fissures

Active ingredients (per suppository):

  • Prednisolone acetate 1mg
  • Diphenhydramine 10mg
  • Allantoin 10mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 50mg
  • Lidocaine 60mg


Inactive ingredients: Silicic anhydride, magnesium aluminometasilicate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, squalane, starch acrylate, hard fat

Instructions for use: Remove 1 suppository from its casing, and insert into cleaned anus. If the suppository comes back out, push it further. The suppository will settle higher up by itself.

Adults and children 15 years and over: Use 1 suppository to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms up to 2 times per day.
If suppositories melt or become soft from heat, they may be refrigerated to re-solidify.

Japanese source:http://search.sato-seiyaku.co.jp/pub/search/dispproduct.php?productid=883&ref=




G4 L

G4 L
Individual, pre-dosed ointment applicators
Relieves pain, itching, and swelling of hemorrhoids and bleeding fissures

Active ingredients (per applicator):

  • Prednisolone acetate 1mg
  • Lidocaine 60mg
  • Allantoin 20mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 50mg


Inactive ingredients: Liquid paraffin, glycerin monostearate, polyglyceryl condensed ricinoleic acid, white vaseline
Due to application method, a small amount of medicine will be left behind in each applicator. Applicators are filled accounting for this loss, to ensure you get the full dose of the ointment.

Instructions for use: For internal hemorrhoids: Remove the cap from one applicator, and insert into anus. Squeeze the applicator until empty. Adults and children 15 years and over: Use one applicator at onset of symptoms. Up to 2 applicators can be used per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

For external hemorrhoids: Remove the cap from one applicator, and squeeze contents onto finger. Spread the ointment onto the affected area. Adults and children 15 years and over: Use one applicator at onset of symptoms. Up to 3 applicators can be used per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

Japanese source:http://search.sato-seiyaku.co.jp/pub/search/dispproduct.php?productid=873&ref=




Preser Ace Suppositories

Preser Ace Suppositories
Relieves pain, itching, and swelling of hemorrhoids and bleeding fissures

Active ingredients (per suppository):

  • Hydrocortisone 5mg
  • Tetrahydrozoline HCl 1mg
  • Lidocaine 60mg
  • Allantoin 20mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 60mg
  • Chlorhexidine HCl 5mg


Inactive ingredients: Carboxy vinyl polymer, silicic anhydride, glycerin stearate, hard fat

Instructions for use: Remove 1 suppository from its casing, and insert into cleaned anus. If the suppository comes back out, push it further. The suppository will settle higher up by itself.

Adults and children 15 years and over: Use 1 suppository to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms up to 2 times per day. If suppositories melt or become soft from heat, they may be refrigerated to re-solidify.

Japanese source:http://www.catalog-taisho.com/06145.php




Preser Ace

Preser Ace
Individual, pre-dosed ointment applicators
Relieves pain, itching, and swelling of hemorrhoids and bleeding fissures

Active ingredients (per applicator):

  • Hydrocortisone 5mg
  • Tetrahydrozoline HCl 1mg
  • Lidocaine 60mg
  • Allantoin 20mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 60mg
  • Chlorhexidine HCl 5mg


Inactive ingredients: Paraffin, isopropyl myristate, beeswax, carboxyvinyl polymer, olive oil, Vaseline

Due to application method, a small amount of medicine will be left behind in each applicator. Applicators are filled accounting for this loss, to ensure you get the full dose of the ointment.

Instructions for use:
For internal hemorrhoids: Remove the cap from one applicator, and insert into anus. Squeeze the applicator until empty. Adults and children 15 years and over: Use one applicator at onset of symptoms. Up to 2 applicators can be used per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

For external hemorrhoids: Remove the cap from one applicator, and squeeze contents onto finger. Spread the ointment onto the affected area. Adults and children 15 years and over: Use one applicator at onset of symptoms. Up to 3 applicators can be used per day. Children under 15 should not use this product.

Japanese source:http://www.taisho.co.jp/preser/lineup/




Preser S Suppositories

Preser S Suppositories
Relieves pain, itching, and swelling of hemorrhoids and bleeding fissures

Active ingredients (per suppository):

  • Hydrocortisone 5mg
  • Lidocaine 60mg
  • l-menthol 9mg
  • Allantoin 10mg
  • Tocopheryl acetate 50mg
  • Chlorhexidine HCl 5mg


Inactive ingredients: carboxy vinyl polymer, silicic anhydride, hard fat

Instructions for use: Remove 1 suppository from its casing, and insert into cleaned anus. If the suppository comes back out, push it further. The suppository will settle higher up by itself.

Adults and children 15 years and over: Use 1 suppository to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms up to 2 times per day. If suppositories melt or become soft from heat, they may be refrigerated to re-solidify.

Japanese source: http://www.catalog-taisho.com/06151.php




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