Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Need a Fix ?

It seems like there sure a lot of pharmaceutical companies ready to treat our ailments with the latest greatest pill. If the side effects of these magic elixirs don't kill you there's a chance that what they're peddling might just help.

It's this possible "side effects" portion of their advertisements that really amaze me. I actually remember hearing an ad for a sleep aid that said it might cause insomnia. Now that's a good Idea! However, by comparison to some products that really isn't so bad. How about excessive bleeding, vomiting or diarrhea? Sounds like a long night by the porcelain throne to me. All those are child's play though when put up against the "big ones", paralysis, stroke or even death. Call me crazy, but whatever one has it probably isn't as bad as death.

My all time favorite has got to be the disclaimer for the various erectile dysfunction tablets. They all seem to say roughly the same thing, "If you experience an erection for more than four hours call your physician." Are you kidding me? First of all, my doctor is probably going to be the last person I'm thinking of and secondly if I'm calling someone it's going to be The Guinness Book of World Records!

I'm sure as I get older I'll need something to "fix" me, but for now a couple of aspirin from time to time seem to do the trick. Nice thing is, they haven't made me grow a tale or anything else funky like that.


Psycho Mom said...

The first time I heard that ad for the erectile dysfunction med, I misheard and thought it said "if you have an erection that lasts for more than four DAYS." Four days, thought I! Holy crap, you couldn't turn over in bed with that going on and it might kill you, but you'd sure die with a smile on your face the mortician couldn't get rid of! And yeah, as for the side effects on most other stuff, I find myself thinkin' "Let's see, a headache or possible death . . . hmmmm, which should I choose? What the heck, think I'll just stick with the headache."

"The Babe"

kevin wecker said...

What confuses me is taking the one pill to avoid the constant sinus allergies, yet having to take four or five other meds to combat all the side effects that come with it, as well as the side effects to combat the original side effects, ad naseum!

Although it is sure funny to hear the commercials going on and on and on, listing all the possible side effects, while still attempting to sell their product!

Jules~ said...

We were playing Home Shopping Network Improv last night at our youth party and all those goofy side effects came up as the teens were trying to sell products like "Organic Baby Butt Cream" and "Energizer Elixer".

Those side effects can be too funny.