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Onan the Clumsy
4th Mar 2006, 19:45
Why don't they just make 'em twice as big?

4th Mar 2006, 19:47
Because then they wouldn't fit in the packet. Duh. :rolleyes:

4th Mar 2006, 19:51
Bought some in Germany recently, 500mg each (compared to 325 in the states).

(Oh come on, Mudhead, don't bore us with facts AGAIN!)

4th Mar 2006, 20:02
Aspirin are cheap and easy to come by, these days, but still are big medicine. Some people cannot tolerate the equivalent of two adult aspirin at one time.

Besides, form-over-substance is a large component of aesthetics for many. Who wants a half-pound french fry?

tony draper
4th Mar 2006, 20:42
Don't knock em a hundred years ago you would have had to boil up a load of tree bark to get some asprin,

4th Mar 2006, 21:30
Can't be arsed to google but I thought it was willow root...

4th Mar 2006, 21:43
I thought it was willow bark. Got to go now I've got a headache! :ugh:

tony draper
4th Mar 2006, 21:45
One knew it was from one of those wooden trees. :rolleyes:

4th Mar 2006, 21:47
Hippocrates, a Greek physician, wrote in the 5th century BC about a bitter powder extracted from willow bark that could ease aches and pains and reduce fevers.

Asp-irin aka snake-oil.

4th Mar 2006, 21:49

Well all I can say is it took him a bloody long time to get it onto
the shelves in Boots!! :hmm:

4th Mar 2006, 21:52
That would be how long N.I.C.E. take to do the trials.

Dan Bentley
4th Mar 2006, 21:53
An aspirin can also be used as one pill or half for those whose bodies, due to size or medical complications, cannot handle two.

4th Mar 2006, 22:07
In my first ever chemistry practical exam I had to make aspirin (methyl salycilate). Never used any part of a tree though. I did have trouble getting it to crystallise and the envigilator tried to help me and set the lot on fire.

4th Mar 2006, 22:43
I did have trouble getting it to crystallise and the envigilator tried to help me and set the lot on fire.

Did he pass?

5th Mar 2006, 02:38
I thought the aboriginal North Americans got aspirin from the bark of the Aspen tree also know as poplar.

5th Mar 2006, 03:09
Extract of willowbark, acetyl salicylic acid. Decocted through boiling. Effective but harsh on the stomach. Aspirin was synthesised (from memory rather than Google) by a German chemist in the late 1800s.

People would take two anyway just to be sure, so they make them half strength a) to sell more, and b) so's folk don't kill themselves.

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Mar 2006, 06:17
I'm staying out of this one in case Ms Wombat has another go at me.....:E :ok:

Mac the Knife
5th Mar 2006, 06:18
Reasonably good potted history at http://www.medicine.mcgill.ca/mjm/v02n02/aspirin.html


5th Mar 2006, 06:20
Take half an asprin.

Why don't they just make 'em half as big?

5th Mar 2006, 08:56
Q Why are there no asprins in the jungle?

A 'Cos the parrots eat 'em all.

Q Why are elephants big, grey and wrinkly?

A 'Cos if they were small, white and smooth they would be an asprin.


5th Mar 2006, 10:08
Why don't they just make 'em twice as big?
I'm on 75mg aspirin daily - 1/4 the usual 300mg dose in the UK, but more expensive. Pre-pay certificates are a wonderful thing.

5th Mar 2006, 14:59
Pre-pay certificates are a wonderful thing.

Magnus, I calculate that if you bought them yourself at one per day they would only cost you 4.38 a year (except of course in a Leap Year when the cost would go up to to 4.40)!

I understand a prepaid cert is around 96 pa isn't it?

5th Mar 2006, 15:27
Anyone remember M&B Tablets (all the rage in the 50s).
And then there were Bob Martins . . .

5th Mar 2006, 15:46
Well-known high st chemist with blue sign/white letters name similar to what cowboys and others wear on their feet, sell tubs of 100 x 75 mg aspirin for a quid. Sis is a doc and says anyone over 40 should take one daily; good for heart, circulation, brain, keeps colon and other cancers at bay! Not bad for a penny a day!

5th Mar 2006, 15:50
Well-known high st chemist with blue sign/white letters name similar to what cowboys and others wear on their feet,

Never heard of Chemists called Mocassins. Must be summat local to yers.

5th Mar 2006, 15:57
Socks ya fool.
(Although given recent cowboy movies could be stockings...)

5th Mar 2006, 16:28
Omitted from earlier post - great contraceptive also -

when held firmly between the lady's knees

5th Mar 2006, 16:45
I bet I could circumvent that! First, the young lady kneels, keeping the pill firmly trapped between her knees, then she - aw heck - it'll only get deleted . . .

Lon More
5th Mar 2006, 16:50
Sailor; :mad: "I was just going to say that. But in Ireland they take two. "To be sure, to be sure."

5th Mar 2006, 17:56
Magnus, I calculate that if you bought them yourself at one per day they would only cost you 4.38 a year (except of course in a Leap Year when the cost would go up to to 4.40)!
I understand a prepaid cert is around 96 pa isn't it?
Plus the Lisinopril, Atenolol, Allopurinol, Coractin, Oxytetracyclin and Simvastatin? I'm toying with the idea of free Viagra I can flog on Ebay! :E

5th Mar 2006, 18:13
More to the point - has anyone ever taken an aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen or whatever that actually had any noticeable effect ?

I would expect a pain-killer to do exactly that, but as far as I can tell, none of them have any effect whatsoever - even if I do take two tablets.

I can only conclude that they are for placebo effect only, don't contain anything of any medicinal value and the "take two tablets" is all part of the psychological ploy to make you think you are getting a larger dose and thus double the placebo effect.

5th Mar 2006, 18:48
Yes Grainger I have and they do work. As some people here know I have a bad left leg resulting from the aftermath of polio that I had as a child. (I tell most people my leg is just 'bent', most agree but point out that it is more of a statement of my personality, however, that is a different subject.:p )

When I play golf I really don't have a problem for the first 9 holes, however, on the back 9 it can be rather painful (no, not my score, that in itself is bad enough to cause pain I'll admit). I now take two prescription strength ibuprofen (800mg) and the pain, for the most part, goes away and stays away.

I have tried other pain killers with little effect. Plain aspirin helps somewhat, but not near as good as ibuprofen. Also ibuprofen does not cause stomach problems.

5th Mar 2006, 19:38
Pretty good contraceptive for males too.... put one in yer shoe and it makes you limp ;)

5th Mar 2006, 19:45
But in Ireland they take two. "To be sure, to be sure."
And then there's yellow lines. One means No Parking, two means No Parking at all and three means No Parking at all at all!

Visitor drives towards a level crossing, and finds one gate closed but the other open. He calls up to the signalman in his box at the crossing, who replies "Sure I'm half expecting a train, so I am."

tall and tasty
5th Mar 2006, 19:46
I always try and take the lower end of a dose so if they say take two I will take one and they seem to work.

But another reason for not making them bigger and more potent is not a nice one. Recently in Britian they have restricted the amount of asprins you can buy in one go. Taking 9 average size tablets at once will do irriversable liver damage, even with a stomach pump it is there. So you can see why the drug companies do not issue them in stronger doses. Not wanting to be morbit but if a person is only going to have to take 5 tablets instead of a handful it is easier for that person to do it and it will get into the system quicker, making the more vunerable musch faster.

That is the reason why I think Britain is reluctant to issue the larger dose tablets because of abuse.

Incidently 12 tablets of normal asprin or more and there is no going back end of story regardless of whether they pump you or not


5th Mar 2006, 22:15

I think that you may be confusing aspirin and paracetamol there.

Excess aspirin can cause stomach damage, which is why they shouldn't be given to children.

5th Mar 2006, 22:18
Aspirin can also cause eye problems with young children. I believe it is Reyes syndrome, Mac might know.

tony draper
5th Mar 2006, 22:33
Many moons ago when I first left the sea I got a temporary job in a factory,huge feckin place it were with its own medical center ect,anyway went into work exceedingly over hung on monday morning,after suffering for a hour decided I've had enough and am going home, now to get out you had to see the nurse, so i spun her a yarn about having terrible toothache,she gives me two tiny pills,and a pass out and tells me to buggah off home, so off I go, within half a hour I felt like a million dollars,high as a kite, one felt absolutly wonderfull.
See the nurse a few days later walking through the factory, so iI asked her what the **** she had given me, Codeine she says,must have combined with the alcohol still in me system or summat.
Don't think yer can buy codeine at the chemist now,prolly just as well.
PS I take a low dosage soluable asprin every morning now,one can't be to carefull.
I can take full strength asprin it upsets me stomach, and weirdly ordinary Paracetymol always makes me feel sick,so for the odd ache or pain I find a couple of those soluable co-codymol disolved in warm water very effercatious.

5th Mar 2006, 22:58
Codeine is an opium derivative . . .

Morphine was the wonder drug when I was in ICU. Fecking BRILLIANT!

Co-Codamol (SP?) is a blend of codeine and paracetamol.

5th Mar 2006, 23:04
G-C, now you're talking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:p

That is some good stuff.

(I had fallen off a sailboat, don't ask, it was an ARI, [Alcohol Related Incident] and I shattered my ankle.)

6th Mar 2006, 10:40
Con Pilot, had the same as you and get the same symptoms (sore legs, feet) . I can assure anyone that Ibuprofen does work but I have never tried asprin. Heard too that it (asprin) reduces blood pressure but I wouldn't know.


6th Mar 2006, 11:27
Doesn't asprin thin the blood or something? As such, heart attack victims are usually prescribed one a day for the rest of their lives. Likewise, they reckon taking one before a long haul flight might help prevent DVTs.

Of course, rat poison is good at thinning the blood as well but I'm not sure that taking a mouth full would be completely benficial :oh:

6th Mar 2006, 11:50
There was a period in the Falklands at a certain radar site where someone discovered that Benylin and brandy made an excellent mix, the Cara-Cara cocktail it was called. Fell out of favour when they bought up the entire supply on the islands and the feds started investigating the misuse of drugs... :cool:

6th Mar 2006, 12:38
Well, I'm just recovering from the bird flu (I reckon). Saturday evening, I came very close to calling for an ambulance for the very first time in my life, I was so short of breath. What happened was this (in chronological order):

About 3 weeks ago, I was about to step aboard a $100 million (but she'll sell for $75m - PM me) 86 metre superyacht in a marina here in the south of France, when I remarked to the owner's representative that there was a swan swimming in the water. "How unusual!"

About 10 days ago, I started feeling poorly, as if I was coming down with something bad. An adept of the "master caution", I decided forthwith to curtail all unnecessary movements after midday and went into 'prolonged siesta' mode. Strangely enough, at this time, one of my pudicats (Pudi, who is 14 and recovered from a malignant cancer only 3 years ago and so, is obviously a hardy critter) also displayed the flu symptoms. It just so happens that I regularly leave out a plate of food on the balcony for stray cats. But I've noticed on more than one occasion the presence of certain avian scroungers out there too. My hypothesis is that Pudi got it, it mutated, then I got it.

Then last Friday, just as I myself entered the most severe stages, my other pudicat Grey, seemed to have got it too. He had one eye half-closed with stuff streaming out of it.

At the time of writing, Grey appears to be over it, apart from a lack of appetite. He'll accept slices of fresh chicken breast but still refuses his usual whiskas menu. I think that we've a long way to go before we've heard the last of bird flu. In my opinion, whilst "human to human" transmission may not yet have occured, my own experience proves beyond doubt the probability of "avian to feline", "feline to human" and "human back to feline" transmission.

Oh, I almost forgot the relevance to this thread: I took one 500mg of paracetemol on Friday night and a second one on Saturday night. Two were enough...