1 time and very effective? 5 over-the-counter cold remedies I’d recommend in Australia!


Hello everyone. I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Sydney!

I’m sure many of you have caught a cold due to the sudden change in weather and the dryness of winter.

It’s easy to catch a cold in Australia too, so it’s important to be careful.

In this article, I would like to introduce some over-the-counter cold remedies that you should keep in mind when you catch a cold.

You never know when you’ll get sick, so these are great medicines to have on hand!

So let’s take a look!

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  • Catching a cold in Australia
  • You feel sick in Australia
  • Want to know about cold medicine in Australia

Contents of this article
  • Five over-the-counter cold medicines recommended in Australia!
  • What are the three things to watch out for in cold medicine?

I studied in Sydney for a year starting in 2018. Now I am writing a blog based on that experience.

By reading this post, you’ll get to know about cold medicine in Australia!


Five cold medicines to remember in Australia!

Australia cold medicine recommend

If you catch a cold in Australia, most of the time you can treat it with over-the-counter medicines.

In Japan, many people go to the hospital, but hospitals in Australia are expensive, so not many people go there.

The following is a list of medicines to keep in mind when you catch a cold.

1 Panadol

Panadol medicine
Panadol medicine

Panadol, one of the painkillers, is a famous cold medicine that everyone in Australia knows.

It contains acetaminophen, which makes it similar to a headache medicine.

In fact, this cold medicine saved my life many times while I was studying abroad!

The locals also say that if you get a cold, you should take this, so it is a trusted product.

2 Nurofen

nurofen medicine
nurofen medicine

This brand is a painkiller that contains ibuprofen, and is often taken for sprains and joint pain.

In many cases, it is used as an antipyretic and painkiller.

I used it once when I had a fever, and it brought it down in one fell swoop!

Please try it when you have a fever or early symptoms of a cold.

3 Codral

codral medicine Australia

This is a cold medicine that is effective for headaches, runny nose, fever and sore throat.

It can be bought at pharmacies and is highly recommended.

It is available in tablet and powder form. Personally, if you have a fever, I think it is better to buy the powder form and warm yourself up.

4 Betadine

betadine medicine

This is an Australian gargle medicine and is recommended for sore throats.

It is very effective, so if you use it together with cold medicine, it will help you heal faster.

5 Strepsils

strepsils medicine

Strepsils are candy-shaped cold remedies used at the beginning of a cold.

They’re surprisingly effective, so if you think you’ve got a cold, give them a try!

What are the three cautions to watch out for in cold medicine?

Australia medicine caution

1 The ingredients in the medicine are strong

Australian cold medicines contain more ingredients and therefore recover faster.

They are different from medicines in Japan and other Asian countries, so it is important to understand this.

Over-the-counter cold medicines in Japan often cause slow recovery, while in Australia, doctors often give over-the-counter cold medicines as prescriptions.

2 Halve your dosage

Australian medicines are designed for Westerners, so if Asians take the same dose of medicine, it may have the opposite effect.

Therefore, the dosage should be tried at half of what the instructions say.

Be sure not to take too much medicine, as you don’t want your condition to get even worse.

3 Read the instructions carefully.

Most of you probably know this without being told, but please make sure to read the instructions of the medicine.

This is because there is a possibility that side effects may occur even with common medicines available on the market.

In the unlikely event that such a thing does happen, it could ruin your whole life in Australia!


Australia cold recover
  • Australia uses over-the-counter medicines to treat colds.
  • Be careful about the dosage of medicines.
  • Rest well when you have a cold.

I’ve introduced over-the-counter cold medicine recommended in Australia!

The weather in Australia can make you feel unwell, so you should always take care of your health.

I will continue to send out information about Australia in the future, so please stay tuned.

Thank you for reading to the end!