Saturday, November 20, 2010

Warning! Avoid Alcoholic Beverages

Illness came suddenly.  Attacking Rio early this morning.  First it was his stomach, then his head, then his ear, and now his throat.  He is running a slight fever and tears roll down his face when sharp pains travel through his right ear.  The doctor's office isn't open until Monday.  So I am a prisoner all weekend.

I go through the medicine cabinet looking for something to ease his pain. 

I find Children's Motrin.  Expired 5/2009
I find ear drops left from a previous infection.  Expired  6/2007
I find decongestant.  Expired 6/2010
I find Tylenol.  Expired 1/2010

As a matter of fact, half of everything in the medicine cabinet is expired.  So I have to bundle up the kids, load them in the car and take a trip to the drug store.

I fill my cart with Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Children's Dimetapp.   As most parents do before buying medication to give to their children, I read the active ingredients, drug warnings, and drug facts on the side panels.  One was more interesting than the others.

Children's Dimetapp

-avoid alcoholic beverages
-alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
-be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery

I thought,"Good thing they included that warning."  I was going to give Rio a bottle of wine and then let him drive us home. 



  1. The saddest part is that the warning is listed on the bottle because some yahoo would give their 16 year old Children's Dimetapp, then they would drink some cheap beer, get in an accident and kill someone. Then, the parents would sue Dimetapp for not warning them that it wasn't a good idea to mix meds and alcohol. Sad.

  2. Good thing you checked. It's too bad that something that's meant to help can become so, energy drinks.


  3. first time reader, first time poster here.

    I know this is probably random. but my husband and I were driving down the street and there was a truck with this blog address on the back window. I made a note to look it up when I got home.

    So, here I am.

    We just recently moved and no I'm going through our medicine cabinet and 90% of it is expired. my vitamins expired! WHAT!? I did not even know vitamins expired.

  4. LMAO! I'm glad this stuff doesn't just happen at my house! Thanks for following!

  5. Rio is crazy enough without ALL that alcohol, HA HA !!

  6. lol..I understand what you are saying. Some of those warnings make you wonder who gives their kids what anymore.

  7. Nikki, please stop rooting through our medicine cabinet! : )