French Pharmacy Vocabulary

On this page you’ll find a complete list of French pharmacy (chemist) vocabulary words. If you’re traveling in France and you happen to run into some health issues and need to visit the pharmacist then you’ll find this list very useful. The good news is that most (but definitely not all!) health and medicine-related words are very similar in English and French as they come from Latin.

la pharmacie pharmacy/chemist le pharmacien pharmacist/chemist le médicament medicine
les vitamines vitamines la gélule capsule la pilule pill
le sirop syrup les soins dentaires dental care
l’hygiène féminine feminine hygene
les déodorants deodorants l’officine dispensary le médicament pour la toux cough medicine
les soins pour la peau skincare l’herboristerie herbal remedies
l’inhalateur inhaler
la crème cream la pommade ointment le gel gel
le suppositoire suppository le seringue syringe les gouttes drops
le spray spray la poudre powder l’écran solaire sunscreen
le produit anti-insecte insect repellant
la lingette humide wet wipe
le protège-slip panty liner
le tampon tampon la serviette hygiénique sanitary napkin
le kleenex kleenex/tissue
l’insuline insulin les effets secondaires side-effects
la date d’expiration expiration date
les cachets antiaupathiques travel sickness pills
le fer iron le calcium calcium
le magnésium magnesium le médicament multivitamine multivitamins jetable disposible
la posologie dosage soluble soluble la médication medication
la pastille pour la gorge throat lozenge
la diarrhée diarrhoea le laxatif laxative
le médicament medicine l’analgésique painkiller le sédatif sedative/sleeping pill
le somnifère sleeping pill
l’anti-inflammatoire anti-inflamatory l’antacide antacid

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