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At the pharmacy

Updated: Mar 1

At the pharmacy


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 this medicine. Take one tablet 3 times a day. This will stop the 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.



1. Terrible: (adj) Serious

2. Recommended: (adj) Suggested as being good or helpful for a certain


3. Effective: (adj) Achieving the expected results.

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

5. Congested: (adj) Blocked

6. Allergies: (n) (pl.) a condition that makes a person sick because they have

taken certain medications.

7. Nasal: (adj) Related to the nose

8. Lozenges: (n) a small, flat sweet that you suck to make a cough or sore

throat feel better.

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

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

11. Drowsiness: (n) A state of being tired and sleepy.


A. Answer the following questions:

1. What is wrong with the patient?


2. What are the symptoms?


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


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


5. What did he recommend for the sore throat?


6. What advice did the pharmacist give the patient?


7. What is the medication dosage?


8. What are the side effects of the medications?


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


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



B. Fill in the blanks:

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 ------------------- 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 rash ______________________________________________________________

3. A runny nose _________________________________________________________

4. An awful cough _________________________________________________________

5. Itchy ears _________________________________________________________

6. Watery eyes _________________________________________________________

7. A skin rash _________________________________________________________

8. An allergy ________________________________________________________

9. A bee sting ________________________________________________________

10. A burn ______________________________________________________________

11. A cut ______________________________________________________________

12. A bruise ______________________________________________________________

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