American Clinic Tokyo is an appointment based, General Medicine & Psychiatry Clinic

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American Clinic Tokyo is an appointment based clinic. We ask for your kind cooperation to place an appointment in advance. This will help us secure sufficient time for each patient. It also helps us maintain the highest standards of privacy and infection control. Call us at 03-6441-0969 or contact us by email at info@americanclinictokyo.com with your name, date of birth, contact number, reason for visit and current location. Please read our FAQ section for details before proceeding to place an appointment. Office hours are from 9:00-12:00 and 15:00-18:00. We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to hearing from you.

Urinary tract infections: Treat with antibiotics as soon as possible

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) happen when bacteria get into the urethra and travel up into the bladder. They are among the most common infections in people, and antibiotic treatment is usually helpful in treating an infection.

If the infection stays just in the bladder, it is a called “cystitis.” Common symptoms include, pain or burning when urinating, urinary frequency or urgency, blood in the urine. Treatment will usually require a 3-5 day course of antibiotics.

But if the infection travels up past the bladder and into the kidneys, it is called “pyelonephritis.” Common symptoms include, fever, flank pain, nausea and vomiting. Treatment will usually require a 7-14 day course of antibiotics.

More information can be found here: https://www.uptodate.com/contents/urinary-tract-infections-in-adolescents-and-adults-beyond-the-basics

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 03-6441-0969 and talk with one of our nurses.

Morning-after-pill NorLevo® and oral contraceptives in Japan

Oral contraceptive (levonorgestrel) NorLevo® has been released for prescription in Japan on April 2016. It is better known as Plan B (morning after pill) in the United States. This is a single pill you take by mouth. It must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure to help prevent pregnancy. The sooner you take it, the better it will work for you.

When used as directed, oral contraceptives are generally safe and effective. But it shouldn’t be used as regular birth control, because it’s not as effective. Some may experience side effects, such as: Nausea, Abdominal cramps, Fatigue, Headache, Dizziness, Breast tenderness, Vomiting, and a period that is lighter, heavier, early, or late. It is contraindicated during pregnancy as the indication is for emergency contraception only. This pill will not protect you against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

You will know it worked when you get your next period, which should come at the expected time. If your period is more than a week late, it is possible you may be pregnant. You should get a pregnancy test and follow up with your doctor. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 03-6441-0969 and talk with one of our nurses.

2016-2017 Influenza Vaccines available now

It’s this time of the year again. The flu vaccine has arrived and we are ready to vaccinate. Please consider placing an appointment with us when you are ready.

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. Therefore, we will not be administering FLUMIST this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.