Pharmacy Vocabulary

Pharmacy capsules and tablets.

Names of items that we can buy at the Pharmacy

PHARMACY (pronounced = ˈfa:rməsi) – Noun.

  • a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold.
  • a store where medicinal drugs are dispensed.
  • the practice of the preparation of medicinal drugs.

A pharmacy is also known as: a chemist’s shop, an apothecary’s and a drugstore. But remember in the U.K. pharmacies are known as ‘Chemists’

It is quite possible whilst you are in an English speaking country, that you will need to buy something from a Pharmacy (Chemist’s). Most pharmaceutical drugs are originally labelled in Latin, but the companies who manufacture medicines from these drugs, will usually give them brand names. However, if you know the name of a medicine that you have already bought in a pharmacy in your country, the Chemist should be able to find you something similar, just by searching online.

Question: What is the difference between a drug and a medicine?
Answer: A medicine is a substance which is specifically created to prevent or cure an illness / sickness or disease, whilst a drug is any substance other than food, that when inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, absorbed via a patch on the skin or dissolved under the tongue causes a physiological change in the body. (Wikipedia).

aspirin aftershave after-sun cream allergy tablets
analgesics antacids antibiotics antihistamines
anti-inflammatories aspirin
baby food baby wipes bandages barbiturates
bath oil bath salts bubble bath burn oitment
combs conditioner condoms contact lenses
chemist cosmetics cotton buds cotton wool
cough syrup cuticle scissors
dental floss deodorant diarrhoea tablets diapers (nappies)
emery boards eye drops face cream
hair colouring hair gel hair clips hairbrush
hairspray hand cream laxatives lipsalve
medicines moisturizer mosquito spray mousse
nail file nail scissors nail varnish nail varnish remover
nasal spray
painkillers paper tissues paracetamol prescriptions
razors sanitary towels shampoo shaving gel
shower gel sleeping tablets soap suntan lotion
talcum powder tampons thermometer throat sweets
toiletries toothbrush toothpaste tweezers
vitamins wasp-sting spray

Some Useful Phrases

Will you please fill this prescription for me.
Do you have anything for travel sickness?
Can you give me something for an upset stomach.
I have sickness and diarrhea.
May I have some paracetamol, please
I have a really bad headache
Does this medicine have any side effects?
Should I take the tablets with a glass of water?
Will this make me feel drowsy?
Can I drink alcohol while taking this?

Complementary Content:

Chemist’s Quotes
The Chemist Shop – book by Richard Brumer

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