Urdu in Pakistan

At the Chemist (Pharmacy)

Pharmacies are most commonly called "Chemists" in Pakistani English. The term 'pharmacy' is not used. Sometimes these establishments are also sometimes called 'druggists,' or 'drugstores.' Some newer stores are called 'medical stores.' Prescriptions are not required for most pharmaceutical products. One can describe symptoms to the chemist who will suggest an appropriate medicine. Common headache medicines are Dispirin (aspirin), Panadol, and Ponstan (the strongest headache medicine available). Because pills have no special coatings or buffering to ease digestion, they should not be taken on an empty stomach. A common medication for diarrhea is Streptomagma which comes in liquid form and must be refrigerated.