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Caviarchips 23.12.2011 17:16

Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
.....when I walk into a Swiss pharmacy and try to get actual MEDICINE to help my son's teething? Why....in the global capital of pharmaceutical development.....do they try to sell me stuff made from freakin' herbs? Why - when I ask for something that was developed by a scientist rather than a botanist - do i get looked at as if I were about to sell him into slavery?

At three am, when my little boy is unhappy and wants to sleep, I want something that has been PROVEN to work. In the words of the great Tim Minchin - "You know what they call alternative medicine that has been proven to work. Medicine."

Anyway.....live and let live. If homeopathy and herbal treatments work for you, I'm very happy. But please - let me make the choice for science without being castigated for it.

Thanks for listening

Kamarate 23.12.2011 17:19

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
I believe there are lots of threads about homeopathy etc, just to let you know what you're in for...

But I whole-heartedly agree.

NB and OT: My ex-colleague is Tim Minchin's cousin by marriage. Oh yeah, how exciting.

Guest 23.12.2011 17:22

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Because most of the stronger medicines need a prescription (for good reasons- are most 'real' drugs can have side effects, etc.) BTW herbal remedies are not the same as homeopathy.

Guest 23.12.2011 17:24

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
I know and feel your pain :)now can I interest you in some healing quartz crystals? ;)

swisspea 23.12.2011 17:24

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Herbals are not all 'useless' - clove oil is a fantastic local anaesthetic - just tastes shocking. And probably more toxic than paracetamol in small doses.... My parents use the phrase 'kill or cure'...as in, either it will cure you of whatever, or you die trying it....

Caviarchips 23.12.2011 17:33

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Caviarchips (Post 1441503)
If homeopathy and herbal treatments work for you, I'm very happy.

Quote:

BTW herbal remedies are not the same as homeopathy.
I know - that's why I split them :)

Caviarchips 23.12.2011 17:35

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kamarate (Post 1441505)
I believe there are lots of threads about homeopathy etc, just to let you know what you're in for...

I know, and I don't want it to be an "attacking homeopathy" thread. I don't believe it, but I don't mind if you want to spend money on it - that's fine. Vive la difference.

But I don't want to be looked at oddly in a PHARMACY for buying PHARMACEUTICALS

Nil 23.12.2011 17:36

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I have to import our teething medicine from Canada. The stuff they give in Switzerland is a real joke. I feel for you as my son is teething but at least I can do something about it.

Mélusine 23.12.2011 17:41

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Except painkillers like Dafalgan or Mefenacid, I don't think there's any medicine for a teething baby. And they're not suitable to use for many weeks, as teething can take a long time.

It's so frustrating to see a child suffer while you can't really do anything to help him that I think that's why so many parents try homeopathic stuff. Even if it doesn't do anything, at least you feel like you're doing something.

Nil 23.12.2011 17:44

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Products do exist, it is the availability here that is the problem

Anjela 23.12.2011 17:45

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Bonjela is avaliable in french pharmacies, so it might be in Switzerland too? Must admit I buy mine in Boots!
Or you could ask for Panasoral or Dolodent....

Wouldn't suggest clove oil for a baby (certainly not full strength) as it can discolour the teeth if over-used. Fine for an adult with tooth-ache though.

Hope you manage to find a sympathetic pharmacist, I know that 'What, are you mad' look myself.

Mélusine 23.12.2011 17:48

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
We have all the Osanit stuff. One is herbal, and the other with a bit of lidocaine. But it's not very efficient, as babies swallow the gel very quickly, and that's it. They do like the taste, it's quite sweet, so they usually stop crying while they suck it, but it lasts only for a few minutes.

Caviarchips 23.12.2011 17:50

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nil (Post 1441529)
Products do exist, it is the availability here that is the problem

Sure, i got something! But only after getting the same kind of looks from staff and customers as i would have got if i'd walked in and popped my tackle on the counter as payment

Scandinavian Viking 23.12.2011 17:56

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Caviarchips (Post 1441503)
In the words of the great Tim Minchin - "You know what they call alternative medicine that has been proven to work. Medicine."

Tim Minchin rocks....

23.12.2011 18:00

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
As a kid I preferred my mom's home remedies. For example when I had a cold she'd make me up a Hot Tottie (hot water, lemon juice, honey and bourbon) before heading me off to bed. Nowadays I don't bother with the ingredients which have no medicinal value. :cheers2:

epag 23.12.2011 18:03

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
i am totally annoyed with the pharmacies in this country:mad:

if they dont sell you a simple fever syrop for children,in case of emergency, why they need to sell drugs anyway??

if i need to go to the doctor to write me the medication and he sells it also, why should i take the paper and go to the pharmacy?

About the herbal remedies: in the country of the major pharmaceutical companies, people in general are "against" medication.... :p
they use onions for coughing & vinegar socks for cold...
a and necklaces for teeth pain!

st2lemans 23.12.2011 18:24

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by epag (Post 1441543)
if they dont sell you a simple fever syrop for children,in case of emergency, why they need to sell drugs anyway??

They do, in fact they sell codeine syrop with no prescription (try getting that in the US!).

Quote:

if i need to go to the doctor to write me the medication and he sells it also, why should i take the paper and go to the pharmacy?
Doctors don't sell anything, if they do they are criminals! (but, they CAN give you a free sample, labeled as such).

Tom

Tilia 23.12.2011 18:30

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
You know why, dont you? Money! The margins are with all likelyhood higher on these products.

cannut 23.12.2011 18:39

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nil (Post 1441529)
Products do exist, it is the availability here that is the problem

Best thing is a Landjaeger :)Available also in Canada:D

epag 23.12.2011 18:45

Re: Why am I looked at like a criminal.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 1441552)
They do, in fact they sell codeine syrop with no prescription (try getting that in the US!).

till now i havent be able to take any syrop without prescription and my child is sick every 2 weeks in winter time


Doctors don't sell anything, if they do they are criminals! (but, they CAN give you a free sample, labeled as such).

Tom

they absolutely sell the medications you need


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