I had never looked at this thread before but did so today, because of the recommendation of taking antibiotics on a trip to China.
Back in Sep 2011, Luisa said she ran out of Tylenol in France and couldn't buy it because they don't have it there.
Tylenol is a brand name for aceteminophen. Europe, Asia, Austrailia have the same product, but the generic name is Paracetamol. Works the same and is same as Tylenol
I bought it in Canada, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Romania and Germany, at least. Now I carry my own in sufficient quantities for the length of my stay, an unexpected illness, plus 10 extra days. For Anti-diahrrea in German/Dutch pharmacies you get Kaopectate instead of immodium.
The pharmacies are pretty good in any of the countries. Even paracetamol is not always or not usually available in supermarkets, sundry stores, and very few stores other than pharmacies carry aspirin or equiv, or cough medicine over the counter.
I miscalculated the number of pills I needed for my hypertension, and ran out of pills at the end of our river cruise, and was on our way to a back to back tour for another 18 day. I had one pill left of my HTN medication. I walked into the pharmacy, gave her my prescription list which I had included the generic and brand names, and the pill itself, and was able to get the exact pill I needed for the remainder of my trip plus a few extra in case.... Was a costly mistake, but better to have the medication than not.