Friday, January 16, 2009
Now, when you need to take some medicine in North America your choices are pretty straight forward. A pill, a capsule or syrup.
Here we have some more variety.
There are pills.
There are capsules.
There is syrup.
There is also a most amazing love affair with fizzy powdered medicine you mix with water, sort of like neo-citran. So with the ibuprofen I have the choice of pills for 600mg, capsules for 400 or little envelops that fizz when you add the water for 200.
Now it gets weirder. There are also suspensions. This means that you get a bottle with powder in it, and you have to add just the right amount of water to it and shake and shake and shakeshakeshake. Only lasts a week in the fridge.
Finally was the weirdest one yet. With this tooth thing, they offered me a prescription for some SERIOUS painkillers. They came in little glass bottles.
You break the top off (being careful not to slice yourself as you break the glass with your bare hand wrapped in the tail of your shirt. SAFETY is us.) THEN...well, normally it would be injected either intramuscularily or intravenously. I was instructed to drink it. Straight. Glass shards and all.
Apparently the taste is astoundingly appalling. Forget Dr. Bukleys' "if it tastes bad it must be working" We're talking OMG I'm going to die terrible.
Decided I wasn't in that sort of pain.