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At the Pharmacy

Updated: Oct 16, 2023





At the pharmacy

Conversation:

Patient: I have a terrible cold. Would you recommend something effective for me?

Pharmacist: What are your symptoms?

Patient: I have a sore throat, a very bad cough, a runny and congested nose, and my ears are itchy.

Pharmacist: How long have you had these symptoms?

Patient: Since Monday. It’s been three days now.

Pharmacist: Do you have any allergies?

Patient: None that I know of.

Pharmacist: Okay. Try Tylenol cold. Take one tablet 3 times a day. This will stop the runny nose and nasal congestion.

Patient: Do you recommend anything for my cough and the sore throat?

Pharmacist: You can try over the counter cough syrup. And don’t forget the cough lozenges.

Patient: For how long should I take them?

Pharmacist: Take them for seven days. You should feel better in a few days. Please remember to drink lots of hot fluids to soothe your throat and clear your nose.

Patient: Are there any side effects?

Pharmacist: Yes. All these medications cause drowsiness. So please try to rest as much as you can and don’t drive while you’re on them.

Patient: Thank you doctor.

Pharmacist: You’re welcome. Get well soon.



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Vocabulary:

1. Terrible: (adj) Serious / very bad

2. Recommend: (v) To suggest medicine to help improve health conditions.

3. Effective: (adj) With good results.

4. Symptoms: (n) (pl.) The physical changes caused by any disease.

5. Congested: (adj) Plugged

6. Allergies: (n) (pl.) a reaction in the body to some medicine, food, ..etc.

7. Nasal: (adj) Related to the nose

8. Lozenges: (n) a small, flat sweet medicine that dissolves in the mouth,

taken to treat a sore throat.

9. Fluids: (n) (pl.) Liquids that you drink.

10. Soothe: (v) To make something less painful.

11. Drowsiness: (n) A state of being unsteady and weak.





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A. Answer the following questions:

1. What is wrong with the patient?

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2. What are the symptoms?

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3. Why does the pharmacist ask if the patient had any allergies?

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4. What does the pharmacist suggest for the nasal congestion?

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5. What does he recommend for the sore throat?

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6. What advice does the pharmacist give the patient to feel better?

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7. What is the medication dosage?

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8. What are the side effects of the medications?

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9. What is the patient supposed to do while he’s on the medications?

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10. Do you know any home remedies for a cold? What are they?

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B. Fill in the blanks with words from the list:

over the counter - itchy - lozenges - recommended - soothe - fluids - drowsy - congestion - symptom - allergy

1. Your hand is swollen due to an -------------------- from this medicine.

2. A headache can be a -------------------- of many diseases.

3. This nasal spray will clear the -------------------- from your nose.

4. Don’t drive if you feel --------------------.


5. Drinking lots of hot ------------------- will improve your cold.

6. You can use a humidifier to -------------------- your dry throat.

7. The pharmacist ------------------- this cough syrup to me a few weeks ago.

8. These cough -------------------- will make you feel better.

9. The rash makes my skin red and ----------.

10. You don’t need a prescription for a regular pain killer. You’ll find it ------------------ in any drug store.


C. Suggest a home remedy for the following ailments:

1. A sore throat _________________________________________________________

2. A runny nose _________________________________________________________

3. An awful cough _________________________________________________________

4. Itchy ears _________________________________________________________

5. Watery eyes _________________________________________________________

6. A skin rash _________________________________________________________

7. An allergy ________________________________________________________

8. A bee sting ________________________________________________________

9. A burn ______________________________________________________________

10. A cut ______________________________________________________________

11. A bruise ______________________________________________________________


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