Tuesday, August 10, 2010
How Rio de Janeiro medicates me
I hate coming to a new country and not being able to find those much needed medications! While I can not recommend self-medicating, we all do it and I wanted to share a few of my finds.
Trimidal - Great cold (gripe) medicine. You are supposed to start by taking 2 pills your first dose and one pill every 12 hours afterwards.
Acetilcisteina - This is the generic name. It's a powered medicine for bad coughs. Good stuff!
Buscopan - Cramps be gone! Diarrhea cramps, menstrual cramps, and maybe even pain in the ass fill in the blank cramps. It's that good. Get the tablets if for an adults. The liquid tastes like whatever it is that is giving you cramps in the first place.
Nolvagina - Fever be gone! Great stuff, especially for kids. Keep in mind that some people have serious dipirona (main ingredient) allergies and will have a reaction to this stuff, my brother-in-law for example.
Imosec - Diarrhea be gone! FYI, only stop it if you think it should be stopped. Sure, we always feel it should be stopped but sometimes it's just best to let it run it's course.
Dorflex - it's a mild muscle relaxer. Great for muscles strains or mild cramps. You will not get high. Don't even try.
Agua rabelo - This is an old school North Eastern medicine that can be found in many drug stores. You can drink it for intestinal problems, pour it over infections, gargle it, and drink it for sore throats. You name it, it supposedly treats it. Now, I can say that I've used it on (by pouring it over) a couple of infections (my c-section for example) and it did wonders. I don't know how and I didn't ask. I'm a believer but not when it comes to drinking it because it's just nasty!
Amilia - This is a liquid talc. Amazing, AMAZING stuff for heat rash. Get it, love it, own it. Someone has or will get heat rash and this stuff will make it significantly better overnight.
Disclaimer: Read instructions, even if it means your doorman has to read them then play a game of charades with you to explain them.
Any tips from out there? Which medicines have you found helpful in Brazil?