The Aliyah Files #16: Over-the-Counter-Medication

No matter where on the planet we find ourselves, there will be occasional headaches, stomachaches, and other minor discomforts.  If your favorite standbys for these ailments have been Tylenol, Pepto, or other OTC medications you are going to need to know the lingo of Israeli OTCs.  I can only speak for the American brands, so my apologies if you are coming from elsewhere and have other favorite products in your medicine cabinet.

  1.  Acamol=Tylenol
  2. Nurophen=Motrin or Advil
  3. Pink Bismuth=Pepto Bismol
  4. Stop-It=Immodium
  5. Fenestil=Benedryl
  6. Tee-Gel=Ambesol (teething gel)
  7. Gazim=Gas X, Simethicone
  8. Optalgin=no equivalent to my knowledge. Note: This was a wonderful pain relief medication I used after a c-section (used as directed under medical supervision).

Product information leaflets come in your array of languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian.  Take your pick.  The same choices are available with automated phone menus.

**Be sure to read dosing directions or consult a competent health care practitioner regarding the appropriate drug and dosage before using any medication.

We should all be well and not need to be frequent fliers at the local pharmacy.  But in the event Montezuma’s Revenge strikes or you’re feeling feverish you should have your medicine cabinet stocked and ready.

Thanks for reading,


July 1, 2018

Have you missed an issue of the Aliyah Files?

#15 What to Buy as Soon as You Get Off the Plane

#14 Essential Hebrew Part II

#13 Essential Hebrew Part I

#12 Color and Home Decorating

#11 Snack Attack

#10 Autumn Symbols

#9 The First Week of School

#8    The Illustrated Guide to School Supplies

#7  To Bring, or Not to Bring- That is the Question

#6 Making Pesach in Israel

#5  Doors, Light Switches,Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home

#4 Small Appliances

#3 Israeli Closets

#2 Cleaning Products

#1 Housekeeping 101 in Israel




Published by Karen Furman

Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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