Loving Lemsip

Posted on December 30, 2008 by pacificyorkshirebird

avt_kapyork_large115Hi Readers – Hope you had a nice Christmas and are looking forward to good things in 2009!  I spent my Christmas in sunny Manchester – the blue half of the city for those of you interested in Mr. Charismatic’s true ‘mancunianess’.

Like so many of you – I came down with a cold over the holidays.  All that time off work and what happens?  We get sick (or in Britain the term is ‘ill’ or ‘unwell’ or ‘rough’ because ‘being sick’ exclusively means throwing up here).

So, as I type I am choking down a LemsipMax.  It is lemon flavour of course because blackcurrant is far too British for me.    (And might lead me to the dreaded ‘sickness’).  A friend of mine who came to visit a few years ago nicknamed Lemsip ‘Crack for Colds’.  I don’t know what it is about 1000mg of paracetemol combined with one or two other drugs but it sure does the trick!

When I moved here I came prepared with all sorts of Costco size packs of ibuprofen and pepto-bismal etc.  One by one my various american branded otc medicines expired.  It was pretty scary the first time I purchased paracetamol instead of acetaminophen.  I realised that in America I never really paid any attention to what medicine I bought – it was always just whatever my parents had bought.  Now, I have really take a look and really know what it is I’m putting into my body.  Not to mention the fact that symptoms are described somewhat differently. 

Lets see… LemsipMax: paracetemol – check!  Phenylephrine hydrochloride – check!  Guaifenesin – Check!  Warm floppy body feeling – Check Check!

Now if only I could figure out just what makes a cough chesty

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Noreen July 1, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Ah, one thing you don’t have to worry about is the difference between paracetemol, aceteminophen, Calpol, and Tylenol – they’re all different names for the same drug. 

  2. Steve Shawcross July 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    A side note:

    Sick can also mean distasteful or mentally disturbed. So if somebody tells you a gross joke, you may say: “You’re/that’s sick”. Somebody who is inclined to such behaviour is a “sicko”

    In modern street slang “sick” also donates something really good. In the same way as “wicked/good”.

  3. SmartAssets January 3, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Ooooh. Have British friends who reside in Provence…camr to visit, picked up a nasty cough on the plane. The made me hot toddies using LemSips!

    The last thing I remeber was dancing on the furniture to the “Supremes”….

  4. peacefulyorkshire December 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Lemsip tastes like bunk, but my gosh gollee that stuff works.
    I am home in America right now and yes, I am completely stocking up on my American painkillers. Bring on the Aleve! oh and the pepto for all the Christmas eating haha

  5. Iota December 30, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Someone could make a fortune importing Lemsip into America. I hadn’t realised it was so unique, but the Americans I know who have lived in Britain all miss it like crazy and get boxes of the stuff sent to them.

    I know what you mean about it being scary buying meds in a new country. I found the change from calpol to tylenol quite a big leap.

    Hope you feel better for the new year.

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