Why I Got Carded for Sudafed

It started around 2pm yesterday. I was working. My nose started running. Ok, so big deal, I got some tissue. It continued to get worse last night. We were going to a party, so I took some over-the-counter-whatever-I-found-in-the-cabinet.  It took like two hours to kick in.  I was miserable at the party last night. Not only did I feel like crap, but these were Angry Husband’s friends. Angry Husband started feeling bad too, while at the party. We came home at 9pm or so, but headed to CVS first. We knew that we both needed to stop our sniffles, and I needed to get rid of my headache.

We headed for the cold medicine aisle. It’s been awhile since I’ve bought cold meds for myself. I’m usually buying stuff for Angry Toddler. We immediately noticed that the  aisle was tiny, and that there were place cards, where the medicine should have been. I’ve heard of the Federal Laws, but didn’t know it was really this bad. I grabbed the card for Sudafed and headed towards the pharmacy. Apparently, we were not the only ones trying to get our fix, I mean cold meds.

My Ephedrine Experience

I had two boxes of Sudafed in my hand. One was for Angry Husband and one was for me. I knew that we had separate boxes because Angry Husband would probably lose his. The problem was, the amount of grams in the box.  Each box had 1.08 grams of pseudoephedrine, which made  for a total of 2.16 grams.  I was ok to buy both boxes, because I hadn’t exceeded my limit of 3.60 grams. This was all new to me.  I had no idea that buying cold meds was this hardcore.  I also had to swipe my Driver’s License, and sign an affidavit on their computer, about acknowledging the Federal Laws.

I was seriously dying inside at this entire process. It seems a bit ridiculous.  I understand the reasoning for the laws.  People use ephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine. I get that. I know that. I live that, daily at work, seriously.

But for someone, me, who takes an amphetamine (Adderall XR) on a daily basis for ADD, this was way too much drama and paperwork.  I know that there are rules to get my Adderall filled. I lost my prescription paperwork last month, and it was cute an adventure to get a new one. I have since learned that doctors can’t fax in this prescription. But when filling my prescription, I drop it off, wait, and pay for it. I sign the usual acknowledgements about knowing how to take it, doses, etc.

I’m home sick today, still dealing with this. My mom is watching Angry Toddler. She told me that he is not feeling well now. I hope I don’t have to get him medication. I might exceed my weekly, or monthly allotment.  I might have to ask a stranger to buy my son some cold meds. Is this the new shoulder-tap?

8 comments
bill
bill

"It was cute an adventure"? I know what you meant, but that image is pretty interesting.

court
court

Isn't it sad how much you have to do to get some good cold medicine? We were driving to my parents and I was dying, couldn't breath out of my nose at all. Stopped at a tiny old school pharmacy in Hamilton, TX. I had to ask for the sudafed and SIGN A LEDGER. Address, drivers license number, signature. Craziness.

califmom
califmom

Try being the parent responsible for buying allergy meds for a family of 4. Thankfully, I didn't spawn any more children who sneeze. I don't know what we'd do. Start a meth lab, I guess. I had an easier time getting a prescription for Norco. Sometimes I wonder about federal regulations. Oftentimes, actually.

Bethany
Bethany

So crazy, but I hear ya. One time (at a Walmart, haha!) I was carded for GLUE. I kid you not. LOL.

Amanda
Amanda

It truly is insane. DH and I take different meds for our illnesses because different things work for each of us. While he takes Tylenol sinus by day and Nyquil by night, I can only take Sudafed with the other meds I take. Try to but a box of all of those at once. Nope, Nuh uh, No way, no how. They won't let you. Thankfully I had a cashier that took pity on me and just split them into 2 transactions. I think she could see how visibly ill I was and when I said "Damn husband and his Nyquil, " I think is when she took pity on me.

Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity
Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity

Oh Julie, welcome to MY world. Damn Crack heads have ruined it for all of us! Just last week, I had to show my ID & sign away my life to get cold meds for The Diva. Last Sunday I had to do the same to get sinus meds for me. I REALLY hate those damn meth heads. REALLY I do. All this extra work just to get something to relieve my baby's (or my) suffering. It's just ridiculous.

Cat
Cat

Yeah, that process is never fun. Hope you get to feeling better!

Jeanine
Jeanine

It is all too much big brother for me! Seriously? People can't put food on the table or keep a roof over their heads, but the government has the time and money to watch what kind of cold medicine I take! Unfreakinbelievable!!