I went to the doctor yesterday. I never go to the doctor; I just don’t ever think about it. But now that I’m teaching, and can’t really hide in my cubicle with my germs, I went to get this cough I’ve had cleared up. The doctor prescribed me some antibiotics, and then some cough medicine to take at bedtime. He said it was “bad_ss,” or at least, I’m pretty sure thats what he said – I tend to make folks relaxed. So I go to the pharmacy to pick this stuff up, and they don’t have it in stock! Strange. I assumed it was just the crappy pharmacy I was at, and took my prescription to a different one. Boy, was I in for a surprise.
First, I was expecting a syrup; I was given pills. I checked, it was the right stuff. Second, it was $90 BUCKS! I was astounded. I even asked the clerk to check again. Sheesh! The stuff better be made of gold – or at least pure-grade opium. I read through the papers it came with, and while it is a narcotic, it’s certainly not black-market worthy. No. The only thing written on it under warnings was that it could make a baby sleepy if you were breastfeeding while taking it. And sure, that might make it marketable to new mothers everywhere, I just don’t see it being sustainable.
So I popped the pill about an hour before bedtime, and waited. Nothing. I get into bed, and still nothing. My body feels tired, but my mind is still going 90 to nothin. Worse, I’m still coughing. I finally fall asleep, but since I have a 2 year old, it doesn’t last long. The drugs aren’t enough to keep me dreaming, or even dazed. I wake up fully clear-headed. In the morning, I wake up completely functional. Sure, the cough is better, but the medicine (Tussicaps) was hardly worth the 5 bucks a pill I had to shell out.
To be fair to the pharmaceutical companies out there, I do have a high tolerance for things. I once took a methadone pill to dull the pain of a waxing session, and still felt every hair that was ripped out. My dad is the same way. But next time, I’ll stick to Nyquil – or the generic version of it.
Consider this a public service announcement.