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Old 22.11.2014, 10:15
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Oooooooops, I have to look it up ........................................
HERE I have what you might face
- metallic perception of food and drinks
- vomitting
- squits / diarrhoea
- Bronchitis
- fits of coughing
- fever attacks
- restlessness
- eczema
- conjunctivitis = pinkeye = trachoma
What the chuff? I think I'll take my chances with the radiation. At least I might get a superpower.
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Old 22.11.2014, 10:54
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What the chuff? I think I'll take my chances with the radiation. At least I might get a superpower.

People living in places like Zürich, Luzern, Basel and Genf are haunted by things like petrol-fumes, Radiation and more all the time


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What the chuff? I think I'll take my chances with the radiation. At least I might get a superpower.
Drug manufacturers are required to list most of the adverse reactions to their products that have been recorded in clinical trials, post-marketing, and in other drugs in the same class. If you read the list of possible adverse reactions and side effects for every drug in your bathroom cabinet, you'd never take anything.

Here's the list of possible side effects for ibuprofen, one of the world's most popular headache remedies. Ready? Here goes:

More common
  • Abdominal pain
  • acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bloating
  • cloudy urine
  • decrease in amount of urine
  • decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • excess air or gas in stomach or intestines
  • full feeling
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • itching skin
  • pain or discomfort in chest, upper stomach, or throat
  • pale skin
  • passing gas
  • nausea
  • noisy, rattling breathing
  • rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of face, fingers, hands, feet, lower legs, or ankles
  • troubled breathing at rest
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weight gain
Less common
  • Abdominal cramps
  • stomach soreness or discomfort
Rare
  • Agitation
  • back, leg, or stomach pains
  • bleeding gums
  • blistering, peeling, loosening of skin
  • blood in urine or stools
  • bloody, black, or tarry stools
  • blurred vision
  • burning feeling in chest or stomach
  • change in vision
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • coma
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • extreme fatigue
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • fever with or without chills
  • frequent urination
  • general body swelling
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • hair loss, thinning of hair
  • headache
  • hives or welts
  • hostility
  • impaired vision
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased volume of pale, dilute urine
  • irregular breathing
  • irritability
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • lab results that show problems with liver
  • lethargy
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle twitching
  • nosebleeds
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pains in stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pinpoint red spots on skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rash
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • redness of skin
  • seizures
  • severe abdominal pain, cramping, burning
  • severe and continuing nausea
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on lips
  • stiff neck or back
  • stomach upset
  • stupor
  • swollen or painful glands
  • tenderness in stomach area
  • thirst
  • tightness in chest
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • upper right abdominal pain
  • vomiting of blood
  • vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
  • wheezing
  • yellow eyes and skin
Symptoms of overdose
  • Bluish lips or skin
  • difficulty sleeping
  • disorientation
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • drowsiness to profound coma
  • hallucination
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • mood or other mental changes
  • muscle tremors
  • not breathing
  • rapid, deep breathing
  • restlessness
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • stomach cramps
  • sudden fainting
  • sweating


From the same source, here's the list for potassium iodide (which in this case is of course only taken when the extreme danger of nuclear radiation is present -- i.e., it's not daily medication):

Less common
  • Hives
  • joint pain
  • swelling of arms, face, legs, lips, tongue, and/or throat
  • swelling of lymph glands
With long-term use
  • Burning of mouth or throat
  • confusion
  • headache (severe)
  • increased watering of mouth
  • irregular heartbeat
  • metallic taste
  • numbness, tingling, pain or weakness in hands or feet
  • soreness of teeth and gums
  • sores on skin
  • symptoms of head cold
  • unusual tiredness
  • weakness or heaviness of legs
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Old 22.11.2014, 14:06
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Long list of side effects ...
Reminds me of a medicament Mum had in the mid 60ies, with a list of strange side effects.
> Hervorquellende Augen
can be translated into English as protruding eyes
but
> Ohrensausen
was rather strange

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Old 22.11.2014, 14:19
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Reminds me of a medicament Mum had in the mid 60ies, with a list of strange side effects.
> Hervorquellende Augen
can be translated into English as protruding eyes
but
> Ohrensausen
was rather strange
Ohrensausen = tinnitus, or ringing in the ears (whistling in the ears, in German). Not a fun thing to have at all, and it's fairly frequently quoted as an adverse drug reaction.

By the way, just because an adverse event is listed, doesn't necessarily mean that it was or could be caused by the drug. The regulators err heavily on the side of caution, so if a side effect is reported (even though the condition may have been present before taking the drug), it gets listed.
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Old 22.11.2014, 15:42
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By the way, just because an adverse event is listed, doesn't necessarily mean that it was or could be caused by the drug. The regulators err heavily on the side of caution, so if a side effect is reported (even though the condition may have been present before taking the drug), it gets listed.
So in other words it's a complete waste of time and people take the medicine regardless of the listed side effects. Well, that's useful.
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Old 22.11.2014, 15:48
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So in other words it's a complete waste of time and people take the medicine regardless of the listed side effects. Well, that's useful.
Of course, you've also got the option of not taking the medicine and experiencing the "side effects" of the disease, instead.

It's good to have choices.
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Old 22.11.2014, 17:12
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Re: Have you taken your Iodine tablets?

I confess I haven't read the whole thread...but whom should we contact since we never got new tablets? I checked ours and they are now expired, and we live within the specified radius, so...why no new ones? Is it because they know I'm American??
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Old 22.11.2014, 17:26
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I confess I haven't read the whole thread...but whom should we contact since we never got new tablets? I checked ours and they are now expired, and we live within the specified radius, so...why no new ones? Is it because they know I'm American??
We haven't got ours yet either, although we received the leaflet telling us that we'd be getting them.
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Old 22.11.2014, 17:51
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I confess I haven't read the whole thread...but whom should we contact since we never got new tablets? I checked ours and they are now expired, and we live within the specified radius, so...why no new ones? Is it because they know I'm American??
You should go to your local commune/gemeinde office and they'll replace them for you. We didn't get any new ones either and I don't think they're issuing them to people who already had them but if they've expired you can just exchange them at the commune.
We got new ones last year but our commune sent us a letter telling us to take the old ( close to expiry) ones in and replace them with new ones

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We haven't got ours yet either, although we received the leaflet telling us that we'd be getting them.
I think they were distributing before the end of November so you'll probably get yours next week sometime. They only starting distributing them in a Neuchatel during the course of this last week.
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Re: Have you taken your Iodine tablets?

Thanks for starting this thread...I was bemused to find them in our mailbox last week and also was wondering why we hadn't received them years ago - now I understand.

I do appreciate that they try to be prepared!
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Re: Have you taken your Iodine tablets?

Does anyone know the etiquette for leaving the tablets if you move away? Should I leave them behind for the next tenants, or will the cleaners just throw them away anyway?
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Re: Have you taken your Iodine tablets?

I haven't received mine. Instead I got a letter saying that in the event of a nuclear disaster Rega will come and take me to safety and that the rest of the population were being given some kind of placebo to stop them attacking the helicopter.
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Re: Have you taken your Iodine tablets?

If you are moving within Switzerland and are within 50km of an atomic power station, take them with you. Otherwise I would take them to an Apotheke.
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Does anyone know the etiquette for leaving the tablets if you move away? Should I leave them behind for the next tenants, or will the cleaners just throw them away anyway?

The idea is that you take them with you wherever you move
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If you are moving within Switzerland and are within 50km of an atomic power station, take them with you. Otherwise I would take them to an Apotheke.
Good idea, I'll do that. (I'm leaving Switzerland)

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What happens if the next tenant is moving from outside the 50km zone and doesn't have their own? Is there a system for ensuring that new arrivals get issued with tablets?
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What happens if the next tenant is moving from outside the 50km zone and doesn't have their own? Is there a system for ensuring that new arrivals get issued with tablets?
When the new tenant registers at the commune/gemeinde they will automatically be offered them as we were when we moved here 4 years ago so no need to leave them for the new tenant.

I would also advise taking yours back to the commune rather than the pharmacy as they may be able to issue them to someone else given the short time you will have had them.
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Re: Have you taken your Iodine tablets?

Ah yes, of course there is a system for new arrivals. This is Switzerland! Silly me

Cheers for the info folks.
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Re: Have you taken your Iodine tablets?

It's reassuring to know that radiation adheres to traditional Swiss rigidity and conformity, and stops dead, once it reaches 50km from it's source.
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Re: Have you taken your Iodine tablets?

Been trying to find an answer to a question I have, perhaps someone here might know the answer...
I am hypersensitive to iodine. Are there any alternatives?
Do I just have to take my chances of surviving the nuclear accident if and when it happens?
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