How to deal with your local pharmacy

Vietnamese pharmacies are ridiculously cheap, but what to do if your local pharmacist doesn’t speak English? Here are some key words to get the message across that you’re sick & need a cure:

Viên : tablet

Thuốc: the general word for medicinal cures

Ngứa: itchy

Đau: pain

Đau chân : sore leg

Tôi bị đau đầu: I’ve got a headache

Nôn: nausea

Tôi bị nôn: I feel nauseous

Bị mửa: vomiting

Bệnh tiêu chảy: diarrhoea

Tôi không ngủ được: I can’t sleep

Kháng sinh: antibiotics

Tôi không muốn kháng sinh: I don’t want antibiotics

Tôi bị ho: I have a cough

Tôi luôn mệt: I’m always tired

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