Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Need to Swallow Medication? Take More Medication!

For some reason, today is turning out to be a day that I discover weird medical advances. First, it was a lash-growing prescription medication. Then I went to a store and saw a spray that helps you swallow pills. It's called "Pill Glide Swallowing Aid" and it comes in a variety of fruity flavors.
According to the company's press release, this spray helps children to swallow "those tiny little tablets kids need to stay healthy." This statement seems very confusing. If the children in question are healthy, why do they need to take pills to stay healthy? How is it going to help them preserve their health to swallow this weird concoction?
Here are the ingredients for the bubble gum flavor of this spray: Purified water, glycerin, sorbitol, xanthan gum, neotame, natural & artificial flavors. Buffered with: sodium citrate & citric acid. Preserved with potassium sorbate & sodium benzoate, propylene glycol, alcohol & tocopherols. Can anybody please tell me how it can be a good thing for a child or an adult to put these chemicals into their bodies just to be able to put even more chemicals into their bodies after that? Where does this stop? Now there is a pre-medication medication, maybe somebody will come up with a pill we need to take while medicating ourselves, after we have medicated ourselves, and between doses of medication to make our bodies more receptive to even more drugs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is awful.

There are special cups to help kids learn to swallow medication; they work well for almost any kid who can hold a cup (I work with children who must take large numbers of pills -- the kind that can't be crushed -- from a very young age).