Talking about medicines in Spanish

Day a day vocabulary is so important and sometimes overlook when learning a new language

Sometimes when we learn a new language we are focus on the grammar, but vocabulary is very important too in order to have  a conversation, and sometimes day a day vocabulary is often overlooked, and treat it as it is “almost too basic”, but life is full of day a day conversations and day a day words come really handy.

That is why today we are talking about medicine’s vocabulary in Spanish, very quick and straight forward but I think important, so if you are ready let’s learn some new Spanish words.

Talking about medicines in Spanish

Actually, I have never planned to talk to you about this, but the other day I had a headache and when I went to the kitchen o get a paracetamol I thought it would be good to share some words with my students, so here I am doing exactly that!

The first thing I want to talk about it is about how to express you have pain or something is sore in Spanish, we have two options,

The first one is to say “tengo dolor de + (the part of your body that is sore)” –literally means  I have pain of +(the part of your body that is sore)

por ejemplo: Tengo dolor de cabeza, tengo dolor de pies, tengo dolor de espalda – I have pain of head, I have pain of feet, I have pain of back, or like you would say I have a headache, I have a feetache (if there is such a thing) , I have backache

The second one is “me duele + (the part of your body that is sore)”- that literally means  (the part of your body that is sore) hurts me, and we conjugate it like the verb gustar.

Por ejemplo: me duele la cabeza, me duelen los pies, me duele la espaldamy head hurts me, my feet hurt me,my back hurts me, or how you would say my head is sore, my feet are sore, my back is sore.

Watch out! A couple of things to keep in mind:

-first of all we don’t use possessive we say me duele la cabeza, never me duele mi cabeza, opposite than in English my head is sore.

-and second if we use tener dolor we don’t care about singular or plural but when we use doler, we make it singular or plural depending on the part of the body that is sore, see

Me duele la cabeza

Me duelen los pies

Ok once we know that let’s go into the vocabulary part

When we use something because we are sick or we have pain in Spanish we say medicinas or medicamentos medicine, we don’t use drogas-drugs when we talk about something that is good for us, or that helps us with pain, drogas-drugs in Spanish have a bad meaning, something that is addictive, like cocaine is una droga-adrug, paracetamol is un medicamento.

To get some medicamentos-medicine we need a special paper written and signed by the doctor, that paper is called receta- prescription.

Los medicamentos-medicine also come with a paper inside with indicaciones de uso-instructions that is called prospecto-leaflet,prospect, and in that paper you can find some possible effects of that medicine that in Spanish are efectos secundarios-side effects.

And that is it! A quick blog about useful Spanish words related to medicines. I hope you enjoyed and learnt something new.

Don’t forget to leave a comment letting me know:

-whether you knew these words

-and telling me the last thing you have something sore.

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Also if you want to watch this lesson on video, head over to my YouTube channel where you can find the 5 minutes video for this blog, it is in Spanish and it can be a good way to practice your listening skills now that you know what I am talking about in it. You can find the video here

Talk to you next week!

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