Last week, after two days of having a headache that wouldn't go away, except for maybe an hour after I downed several Advil, I came to the realization that my sinuses were on attack. It's hard to identify it sometimes, especially when it's not accompanied by any stuffiness in the nose. When I woke up on Saturday morning, though, the headache felt like it was centered behind my left eye, so that was the big clue that it was my sinuses that needed relieving.
So I decided to include a jaunt to K-Mart in my Saturday errands, and headed over there after I'd dropped off my timecard and deposited my paycheck at the bank. I needed some other things, too...some more lotion, and some paper towels, so it wouldn't be a complete waste of time anyway. I headed straight for the pain killer aisle, since I planned on breaking into those suckers as soon as I possibly could. But I couldn't find any Advil Cold & Sinus (which happens to be my drug o' choice when it comes to my sinus pain)...they had plenty of Tylenol and Excedrin migraine meds, and they had Sudafed and Benadryl on the other side of the aisle, and they also had Tylenol Cold medicines, but I didn't want my pain killer in acetaminophen form. I wanted it to be in ibuprophen form. It just works better for me. I couldn't just buy Sudafed by itself...I needed the painkiller more than I needed the drying agent, but really I needed the two to be mixed together. (I'd tried taking a Benadryl at 5 a.m., and while it helped me sleep through the pain a bit, it certainly didn't do anything to mellow the pain out...)
I wound up buying my paper towels and lotion, and made mention to the check out girl that I found it surprising that they didn’t have any sinus medication on their shelves in the pharmacy area. She either didn’t care, or didn’t really hear me, because she didn’t acknowledge the lack of product and apologize for it or anything. No biggy…I paid for my shit, and headed out to the nearest Walgreens. They had to have the sinus meds.
I walked to the back of the store after seeing the beautiful sign announcing the location of their pain killers, and found a wall of cardboard cards where the sinus meds should have been. I found the one for the Advil Cold & Sinus product I wanted, and it said to take it to the pharmacist during regular pharmacy hours to obtain the product. Hm. Weird, I thought. But as it’s a 24-hour pharmacy, and it was the middle of the day anyway, this wasn’t a problem. I went to the counter, and the pharmacist went to the back to grab my painkillers. I said, “This is new, eh?” And he said that yeah, it was kind of a pain, but it was a new requirement now. I said, “Well, if the kids are getting high off the stuff, I guess it makes sense to try to stop them somehow, right?” You know, as though I’m 80 years old, and I’m talking about those darned youngens ruining the ease of life for the rest of us normal people. But dammit, they sort of are, I think! Because guess what happened next? The pharmacist pulls out this huge binder, flips to a page with an empty line on it, and then starts to fill it out. “Name and address, please?” I couldn’t believe it. It was a pseudoephedrine log!! It said so at the top. Absolutely amazing. And then I had to sign my name!!! Apparently, you can’t buy a pseudoephed product more than once a week, or something? One of my friends thinks it might even be limited to once per month, but I’m not sure. I don’t care, really…I only needed one dose of the stuff to make the headache go away, and it hasn’t come back all week. But what the fuck is up with that, anyway? A pseudoephedrine log?? What is this world coming to when we need to give our address and sign our names in order to make a fucking sinus headache go ‘way??
I don’t know if this is a law in every state, but it’s definitely the case in Kansas. I just don’t remember hearing much about it, is all. I mean, I remember hearing that there was a problem with kids getting high off of the stuff, as they would take 4 or 5 of the pills at a time, or whatever, but why isn’t Sudafed off the shelves, if that’s the case? Can they only get high if the painkiller is mixed in as well? I don’t know. Also, apparently, it somehow can be used as an ingredient in meth? Again, I haven’t the first clue, as I don’t manufacture meth, and haven’t ever looked into the specific process myself.
So just beware if you go out in search of sinus meds. Some of them are kept behind the pharmacy desk now. And had I known that when I went into K-Mart, I might not’ve needed to head all the way to Walgreens, dammit. Good job for handling it properly, Walgreens. I mean, K-Mart didn’t even have a sign up that said to go to the pharmacist in order to obtain the meds, or anything! Which can piss a girl off when she has to drive all about town with a probing pain behind her left eye.
Oh my…I looked it up, and the Sudafed company has kindly explained a little bit of what’s going on here. Check out the link for more info. Crazy ass shit, man.