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A cough sweet on a lolly
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A cough sweet frozen on a lolly. First you suck through the first layer and then you get to the cough medicine in the centre with flavourings. (The outside layer is honey and strawberry flavour etc.)
wkd_man, May 10 2002

Runny Rhino Cold Relief Pops http://www.drugstor...btrx=BUY-PLST-0-CAT
wkd_man, please note once again, these exist. We call this "baked" around here. [waugsqueke, May 14 2002]

Actiq http://www.actiq.co...utactiq/default.asp
This'll suppress your cough, like some nasal sprays, and has an absorption quotient that is relatively safe for an alert user. [reensure, May 14 2002]

Novel Sweets http://news.bbc.co....1976000/1976930.stm
Won't make your cough better, still interesting though. [brewmaster, May 17 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       Cough and cold medicine lollipops for kids are commonplace. The medicinal ingredients are mixed right in with the candy part, so there are no layers.   

       I hate these. I think it's a very bad idea to associate candy with medicine in any way.
waugsqueke, May 10 2002

       Waugsqueak, it is a good way to give medicine in candy for children because some children don't like medicine,and it is like having cough sweets.
wkd_man, May 14 2002

       This waugsqueke would have a layer to make the sweet more interesting.
wkd_man, May 14 2002

       Blissmiss if these are mistaken for sweets the cough medicine would be made sure that anyone would'nt be harmed.
wkd_man, May 14 2002

       Quit fightin’ fer god's sake.   

       Legitimate manufacturers of such things acknowledge firmly that these products are not in kids' best interests. They're sort of like double-edged knives: no way to make them safe. Better to mislead older dependent patients who won't grow craftier with age to eventually turn your knowledge and care back on you.
reensure, May 14 2002

       [Bliss] Surely this would only be an issue if you actually *told* the child that you were giving them medicine?
What's wrong with just letting the kid think that they are being pampered because they don't feel well, without letting them know that they are actually taking medicine?
mwburden, May 14 2002

       I don't think that'll pass the 'Cry Wolf' test. Shame, though, could've solved the problem...
[ sctld ], May 14 2002

       There are two potential problems, mwb.   

       1) The kid finds the cold med lollipops, and not realizing they are medicine, proceeds to eat 10 of them, and the resulting dextromethorphan overdose gives the kid seizures on the bathroom floor.   

       2) The parents give the kid the lollipop, which looks like candy, but is really medicine, say the parents. Later, the kid stumbles across parents' prescription bottle (which should have been kept out of reach but wasn't). It's filled with pills that, what was it again, looks like medicine but is really candy? Or was it the other way around? Can't remember. So, kid pops a handful of Mommy's Imitrex and has seizures on the bathroom floor.   

       There should be a clear line between candy and medicine, and it should never ever be blurred.
waugsqueke, May 15 2002

       ...and if it ever is blurred, may we all have saisures on the bathroom floor.
[ sctld ], May 15 2002

       [waugs] I think you misunderstood what I wrote. I suggested *NOT* telling the kid that the lollipop is medicine. Let him/her think that it's just an ordinary lollipop. Keep the rest of the lollipops in a locked medicine cabinet, just as you should be doing for *ALL* of your medicines.
This way, you avoid creating the association between "candy" and "medicine".
mwburden, May 15 2002

       Yep, I did. Sorry old chap.
waugsqueke, May 15 2002

       Wouldn't the kid think that everything else in the cabinet was sweetes if you put the lollipops in there?
[ sctld ], May 15 2002

       A1: Hence the *lock*
A2: OK, then have *two* locked cabinets!
A3: Don't take them out or put them away while the kid is there watching.
mwburden, May 15 2002

       A4: The cough suppressant in the "medicine" lollipop could be one of the several types on the market that aren't dangerous in anything less than phenominal doses, thus avoiding the need to lock up the lollipops in the first place (just put them out of reach so the kid doesn't just grab one all the time.)
mwburden, May 15 2002

       wkd_man: why not just make it for grown ups, they would be able tell the diference between medicine and candy. They still like sweets and get coughs.
gizmo, May 15 2002

       Once when I was 7 I ate half a jar of Flintstones chewable vitamins. Loved the taste. Didn't suffer any AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGHGHGHHGHGH! BIG YELLOW TARANTULAS EATING MY SKIN! MAKE 'EM GO AWAY! side effects to my knowledge.
RayfordSteele, May 16 2002

       Gizmo they are for adults aswell as children just like any other cough sweets.
wkd_man, May 16 2002

       //our health care system is the most archaic,chaotic, mismanaged piece of shit known to modern man//
I would respectfully beg to differ.
angel, May 17 2002

       I would respectfully like to concur, but I would note that they also pay directly for theirs.
Whereas we pay for ours indirectly along with all the other trash we don't want and don't use (nuclear arsenal, 40 civil servants in Bali for two weeks, dome-shaped white elephants...)
sappho, May 17 2002

       Thank you RayfordSteele, I know a few people that eat cough sweets just like normal sweets and nothing happens to them.
wkd_man, May 19 2002


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