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Over-the-counter medicines also give very specific directions for the use of a medicine.




The label will also give various warnings and prescriptions.




Exercise 3. Study the following label carefully. Answer the questions about it.

1. What is the name of this product? 2. List the symptoms this product is supposed to relieve. 3. What are the benefits of the product? 4. Explain in your own words what is meant when we speak about the side effects of a medicine. 5. In what way do you understand the expression “no drowsy side effect”? 6. How much of this product is to be taken for each dose? 7. How often may a dose be taken? 8. What is the maximum amount of this product that can be taken in a 24-hour period? 9. What signals should the buyer observe? 10. Can you give the medicine to a five-year-old child? Why? 11. What persons are prohibited to take the medicine. 11. What is the maximum period during which the medicine can be taken? 12. Can a person take the medicine for a period longer than the one mentioned in the previous question. When?

Consumer information



PURPOSEof product: to provide hours of relief from the nasal congestion, coughing, aches and pains, and cough irritated throat of a cold or flu without drowsy side effects.

B E N E FT T S from product: helps clear stuffy nose, congested sinus opening, calms, quiets coughing, eases headache, pain and the ache-all-over feeling, soothes cough irritated throat.

No drowsy side effects. Non-narcotic

Relieves these cold symptoms to let you get your day off to a good start.


ADULTS: 12 and over – one fluid ounce in medicine cup provided (2 tablespoonfuls)

CHILDREN: 6-12 – one half fluid ounce in medical cup provided (1 tablespoonful) May be repeated every four (4) hours as needed.

Maximum 4 doses per day.


Do not administer to children under 6 years of age unless directed by physician. Persistent cough may indicate the presence of a serious condition. Persons with high fever or persistent cough or with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart or thyroid diseases should not use this prescription unless directed by physician. Do not use more than ten days unless directed by physician. Do not exceed recommended dosage unless directed by physician.









Exercise 4. Study the dialogues above andcompose your own dialogues using the following words and word combinations.

To write out a prescription; pills; mixture; injections of glucose; to go to the chemists; to have the prescription made up; to call back in about an hour.

Exercise 5. DRUGS. In most cases drugs are:

1. taken by mouth; 2. injected into the body 3. applied to the body surface

Divide the following forms of drugs into the three groups.














Exercise 6. Choose the right answer.

1. The nurse put a … on the wound

a) bandage b) cloth c) material d) towel

2. Take two of these … three times a day after meals.

a) capsules b) drugs c) placebos d) prescriptions

3. Illness can be stopped before it happens by means of … .

a) after-care b) prescription c) therapy d) vaccines

4. If you’ve got a headache, why don’t you take a … of aspirin?

a) couple b) couplet c) pair d) prescription

5. The … is a teaspoonful, to be taken three times a day. You must not exceed it.

a) dose b) measure c) medicine d) quantity

6. Barbiturates are drugs which are often used in the … of emotional disorders.

a) cure b) healing c) improvement d) treatment

7. Many herbs are well known for their healing … .

a) contents b) medicines c) parts d) properties

8. The doctor prescribed tablets to help … the pain.

a) calm b) lighten c) relieve d) rid

9. He threatened to drink the … chemical.

a) deadly b) deathly c) dying d) mortal

10. The doctor gave me some … for my rheumatism.

a) gargle b) lozenges c) pastilles d) pills

11. As the drug took … the patient became quieter.

a) action b) effect c) force d) influence

12. The effects of the anaesthetic used for the operation take quite a time to …

a) give b) move c) turn d) wear

13. One way to get rid of hiccups is to … your breath for as long as possible.

a) catch b) draw c) hold d) take

14. She’s suffering from a … of iron and needs to take a course of tablets.

a) default b) defect c) deficiency d) deficit

15. After his illness the doctor gave him medicine to … another attack.

a) deny b) improve c) prevent d) recover

16. You’ll feel better after you’ve taken a … of cough medicine.

a) dose b) helping c) portion d) ration

17. Take the tablets twice a day … in two tablespoons of water.

a) dissolved b) melted c) resolved d) solved

18. The doctor gave the woman a strong … to calm her down.

a) antidote b) antiseptic c) bromide d) sedative

19. Morphine is sometimes used to … severe pain.

a) deaden b) decimate c) smother d) suffocate

20. I hope this headache … soon.

a) comes away b) goes out c) passes away d) wears off

21. Few poisons are more … than cyanide.

a) deathly b) killing c) lethal d) mortal

22. The nurse made him swallow a(n) … to help him sleep better.

a) lotion b) lozenge c) ointment d) tranquilliser

23. Beside washing that cut, put some … on it in case you have got some dirt in it.

a) antidote b) antiseptic c) disinfectant d) medicine

24. Certain vitamins help to overcome a loss of … .

a) life b) vitality c) vitiation d) vividness

25. The medicine was so … that he was almost back to normal within a few days.

a) effective b) efficient c) influential d) proficient

26. He was in terrible pain, so he was given a(n) … .

a) injection b) scratch c) stab d) wound

27. She has killed herself She took a(n) … of sleeping pills.

a) excess b) exorbitance c) overdose d) profusion

28. This is a very rare poison for which there is no known … .

a) a) antibody b) anticoagulant c) antidote d) antiseptic

29. They … on a cure for tuberculosis while they were doing research on something else.

a) foundered b) stumbled c) tripped d) trod

30. Doctors write a … for medicine which chemists or dispensers make up.

a) certificate b) prescription c) receipt d) recipe

31. … the bottle well before you pour out the medicine.

a) Agitate b) Shake c) Stir d) Tumble

32. All medicines should be kept out of … of children.

a) contact b) hand c) reach d) touch

33. The doctor told him to keep the tablets in his mouth and … them slowly.

a) bite b) eat c) swallow d) suck

34. The label said “it is dangerous to … the stated dose.”

a) exceed b) infringe c) overdo d) repeat

35. In Britain women who are pregnant are … from prescription charges.

a) exempt b) freed c) free d) released

36. I always take … aspirin when I have a headache.

a) fluid b) molten c) soluble d) runny

37. The medicine should be … with a little of water.

a) diluted b) reduced c) thinned d) weakened

38. Alcoholic drinks have a … effect on many people.

a) sedate b) sedative c) sedentary d) sedimentary

39. Did you get any … effects when you were taking those tablets?

a) backwash b) subsequent c) subsidiary d) side

40. Many drugs are not … to the public without a doctor’s prescription.

a) acceptable b) available c) permissible d) reliable

41. I took the doctor’s prescription to the chemist’s to be made … .

a) for b) into c) out d) up

42. It seems that medical science is … of discovering a cure for cancer.

a) on the corner b) at the edge c) on the rim d) on the verge

Exercise 7. Fill the blanks with the right word from the list below. You may use each word once only.









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