Ológbón decided he had had enough. How could he have taken his medicine for 4 out of the recommended 5 days without relief? The medicine must be fake, he concluded. His best bet was to visit his trusted pharmacist for a new set of the antibiotics. So off he went to see the pharmacist.
The following conversation ensued:
Ológbón: (he clears his throat and coughs) good morning pharmacist.
Pharmacist: Good morning, how may I be of help today?
Ológbón (brings out 2 sachets of a drug. One was completely used up while the other had 4 out of 10 capsules left): I was given this medicine for my throat infection but rather than the throat getting better I started coughing. Pharmacist, I’m sure this medicine is fake. Please give me another from your shelve.
Pharmacist collects the 2 sachets from him, and asks: how did you take the medicines?
Ológbón: I took 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening.
Pharmacist: Are you sure that was how you were asked to take it?
Ológbón: Noo… I was asked to take 1 capsule 4 times a day but that is not convenient so I took 2 capsules 2 times a day. Is it not the same thing?
Pharmacist: I’m afraid, not with drugs. With drugs, especially Antibiotics, 1+1+1+1 is neither equal to 2+2 nor equal to 4. We don’t do arithmetic with drugs. Antibiotics and some other medications have to be taken at specific times of the day. As a matter of fact, you should take 1 capsule every 6 hours. Apart from that, you should take this particular one about 30 minutes to 1 hour before a meal or 2 hours after meals.
Ológbón: hmm…I was actually asked to take it every 6 hours. The details about the medicine were too many and I was in a hurry so I didn’t pay attention.
Dear reader, lots to learn about medicines. Why not discuss your medication with your pharmacist and clear all doubts before you use it? Knowledge is power.
…..promoting a healthier you
Questions about your medicines or not getting a good response from your medicines? Ask your pharmacist or mail to victorydrugs@yahoo.com

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