January 13 2014
Pain meds are a common thing.
Prescription drugs ... 300 billion $ per year while OTC (Over the counter) drugs approx. 25 billion $
per year. Afew OTC are only found behind the counter, you have to ask the pharmacist.Anyone can
OTC vs Prescription
− OTC are more commonly used and are cheaper
− Prescription are less common, 10x the amount
1 - Cough meds at 4.1 bill
2 - Pain meds at 2.7 bill
3 - Antacids at 1.4
4 - Tooth paste at 1.2
5 - Laxatives at 0.8
Considerations when buying OTC
− Counter indications
Safety; The dose makes the drug, the dose makes the poison. Drug = poison. Most painkillers such as
Advil andAspirin are 'idiot-proof, if someone is to take 4 capsules over the indicated limit, nothing will
happen. The weight of the person makes a difference in dosage.
− can be harmful or beneficial
− EVERY DRUG HAS SIDE EFFECTS. If a drug has none then it's a scam.
− Effects are easy to find
− Every possible effect is listed, even if it's a 1 in a billion chances.
− what to use for? Many people take the wrong drug or take a drug unnecessarily.
Pain medications are most common. In a year inAmerica, 1200 dump trucks of pain killers are
Aspirin is second most used drug inAmerica, #1 WORLDWIDE. Aspirin is based on family of plants ''SALIX'', genus family.
Egyptians used willow for inflammation, Hippocrates used willow bark for child birth pain relief. So,
the bitter willow bark has pain killing and anti-inflammatory properties.
The last knowledge in dark ages due to witch craft myths.
Reverend Edward Stone
− Described treatment for ague (fever?).
− Rediscovered willow while randomly tasting it, finding it very bitter, and compared the taste to
− Since its bitter like quinine, it might have the same properties as quinine, whi