|Quoting Orion737 (Reply 2):|
Its ridiculous. Asprin and Paracetamol arent even sold by a pharmacist over a counter in the UK.
|Quoting BCAL (Reply 7):|
In legal terms there is a difference between selling a drug, whether an aspirin, paracetamol or whatever, and administering a drug to a person. Apart from some people being allergic to even the mildest drugs, you must remember that paracetamol cannot be used if you suffer from any liver/kidney infection.
|Quoting Orion737 (Reply 6):|
I cant see that a simple painkiller like Paracetamol should cause too many problems
|Quoting Catatonic (Reply 5):|
Some over the counter medication, such as Brufen can cause serious gastrointestinal bleeds, as can aspirin.
|Quoting Orion737 (Reply 16):|
can go to my local petrol station and buy a simple painkiller. I am not asked a series of questions by the cashier.
|Quoting Orion737 (Reply 19):|
No one is suggesting cabin crew start handing out prescription painkillers like Codeine but a simple 'safe' painkiller like Paracetamol that is widely tolerated, readily available and has few negative interactions with other drugs patients might be taking should be offered to passengers who ask for it.
|Quoting Bond007 (Reply 18):|
Sure, the lawsuit reasoning is ridiculous but unfortunately it's fact ... don't they say put all medications in your carry-on....add a few OTC headache pills in there.
As for Paracetamol being 'dangerous', this appears to be extremely exaggerated information. The only cases I could find is from people taking huge overdoses of this, and having liver problems.....well read the label and the drug is one of the safest out there!
|Quoting RootsAir (Reply 12):|
These medications, known as Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) do produce those effects you have mentioned ! However, this effect is obtained with a prolonged use
|Quoting Catatonic (Reply 28):|
If you give it to someone with an ulcer it can produce that effect a lot sooner. That's why I said you have to be aware of a persons underlying medical conditions before you give it.
|Quoting RootsAir (Thread starter):|
...many put their medication away in the suitcases !
|Quoting BCAL (Reply 7):|
paracetamol cannot be used if you suffer from any liver/kidney infection.
|Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 29):|
NSAID's are more risky to hand out than paracetamol. They can lead to gastric bleeding and strokes. Alcohol greatly increases the risk. If someone has a simple stomach ulcer, a dose of ibuprofin could easily turn it into a bleeding ulcer.
|Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 42):|
I see a dozen GI bleeds a year that are directly related to NSAID ingestion. And those are in people with no previous history of them. I'd hate to be the nurse onboard halfway across the ocean when the Advil you gave triggers the guy in 23B to start spewing blood. He might not be alive when we land. I've seen them die within 15 minutes. And the cabin will look like the inside of a slaughterhouse. You guys can take the risk if you want.
|Quoting Legacy135 (Reply 43):|
There is always a risk and it is good to know what risks are involved also with harmless medications as discussed here.
|Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 1):|
Same reasons pubs and other businesses can't. It's public liability and the lawsuit culture which put a stop to it