July 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm 13 comments

When you have the seasonal cough and cold; ever thought let me just have the cough syrup lying in the cupboard? If yes, NEVER DO IT AGAIN!

My colleague Neha did that yesterday and as a result we spent our evening at the emergency of a super specialty hospital. The syrup, she thought will give her relief from a bad throat had paracetamol to which she was allergic. It gave her spasmodic pains amongst other terrible reactions that made us break into a sweat.

5 min hospital journey from office seemed like forever, the driver broke the signal twice and her shrieks only increased our heart beat. If that wasn’t enough the hospital staff (5-6) took her to what they call a ‘resuscitation room’ and won’t let me in. Nobody cared to understand what had happened and why she was in such a state. Finally, I had to hold on to a doc and explain him the hows and whys of it.

Of course, her other wise soft pitch was good enough to give us a panic attack. A few injections and IV later she was stable and discharged after we paid a bill of 5K.

Thankfully, apart from a hole in the pocket no other damage to report… So, for God-sake, all of you out there, never-ever try to treat yourself. Please consult a doc before you pop-in any pill/syrup etc…

If physical torture to self and mental stress to the rest is avoidable then why not?


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mayur  |  July 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Oh that is sad. How is she now? I have a habit of doing this. But I normally take the medicines advised to me. Couple of cough syrups and pills I have been taking since childhood.

    • 2. delhizen  |  July 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      She is better, recuperating at home

  • 3. Gaurav  |  July 9, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    It is really risky to take medicines without consultation. I hope your friend is fine now.

    I also once had such experience when I was a kid. I don;t remember anything about that incident, mom told that dad gave me some medicine for vomiting to which I was allergic. It was horrifying, they said.

    • 4. delhizen  |  July 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      Hey Gaurav.. long time, how have u been?

      yeah all good now

      • 5. Gaurav  |  July 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm

        Yeah been busy with college lately. But I read your blog, thought I didn’t comment, nevermind.

  • 6. kid  |  July 12, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Actually. I think even with a consultation with a normal doc, the Allergies may not be obvious. Mostly it comes to notice by some reaction.

    In my opinion, everyone should undergo tests to determine what stuff someone is allergic to. And this list of things (including medicine) should be kept handy at all times.

    I hope the lady in question is alright now.

    • 7. delhizen  |  July 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

      i agree with you kido… but you know this one knew she was allergic to paracetamol and was just careless not to read the contents of the syrup.

      She is doing well !

  • 8. delhizen  |  July 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Hey Purba, good to see you here! Having worked with hospitals-all I would say is you need to know your way around with doctors… not all are bad but then with privatization thrz a compromise on ethics and that’s whr the prb lies and Govt hospitals- waiting period is so long that one would die before the turn comes..

  • 9. Joshi Mukard  |  July 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I think this incident will be an eye-opener for readers who take non-prescribed medicines, including me. Will be careful hereafter. Thanks Pallavi.

  • 10. Karan Agrawal  |  July 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Sad to know and yes a very important warning coming at the right time, we generally tend to ignore it!

  • 11. snowleopard  |  July 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Good to know that your friend is doing well now. Allergies can be a bad thing and that why it is also important to inform the docotor of your allergies if you know about them. In this case it was a mistake but was a harsh lesson for Neha and everyone around.
    My best wishes for her fast and healthy recovery.

  • 12. Sapna  |  July 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    OMG! That was a horrifying experience. Hope she recovers fast.

    In my experience though most of the times when I go to a doc the prescribed medicines tend to be the same as that I would have otherwise bought over the counter. And not to forget, if it a super speciality hospital, the extra, unneccessary test that you go through.

    Of course in case of allergies, it is better to be cautious and read the contents thoroughly before taking any medication, be it doctor prescribed or self- prescibed

    • 13. pallavi  |  July 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      You know Sapna my experience of working with hospitals come handy in these situations.. I just sign-up and refuse to take any extra tests. Of course having a doctor as a best friend helps too 😉

      She is fine and back at work


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