In case you couldn’t find the tablet

Just follow the otherwise-empty arrow:

A box of two? Wow.

Wikipedia semi-helpfully points out that “[i]n the United States, it is available only by medical prescription (and is frequently limited, without prior authorization, to a quantity of nine in a 30-day period).” A quantity of nine, per, runs $92.52. To someone with a migraine, a condition for which this drug is indicated, ten bucks and change for a single tab is probably worth it. Maybe the two-tab version is intended to get you through a particularly bad weekend.


  1. fillyjonk »

    25 October 2017 · 7:19 am

    I’m guessing this is a “take it once it starts” rather than a “take this daily as a prophylactic to prevent them” because otherwise the limit of 9 per month would be exceptionally cruel. (“Which week do you want to be able to function effectively during?”)

    Though, knowing how I feel when I have a migraine? I might NEED a big arrow pointing me towards where the tablet was.

  2. McGehee »

    25 October 2017 · 8:11 am

    I was thinking the arrows were for the “WARNING COFFEE IS HOT!” segment of the population, but Fillyjonk is probably closer to right.

  3. Holly Hunter »

    25 October 2017 · 9:42 am

    So…it’s left to me, to deliver the cynical interpretation of those puffy arrows. They’re calculated to make the drug box seem larger. So the consumer won’t feel quite as ripped off.

  4. CGHill »

    25 October 2017 · 10:32 am

    Maybe the consumer who’s never in her life bought a prescription drug.

    I think just about every pill that doesn’t come in a bottle of 30 or more does something like that.

  5. McGehee »

    25 October 2017 · 11:12 am

    AFAIC, the time to make me feel less ripped off is when I have to tell the IRS about my health insurance.

  6. Chuck Pergiel »

    25 October 2017 · 3:01 pm

    I’ve been getting bad headaches more often lately. I think I’ve had three this year. Are they migraines? I dunno. How do you tell? Anyway, some of them have apparent causes, like invisible smoke, or allergies, some don’t. If they are bad enough that I’m getting nauseous, I’ll take an oxy or some kind of narcotic. No fentanyl, thank you.
    Loud ultrasound will give you a splitting headache, even if you can’t hear it, as my friend Jack found out.

  7. Holly Hunter »

    25 October 2017 · 3:35 pm

    Yikes! Chuck, I hope you’re not subjected to loud noise on the job? If so, I hope you are protecting yourself somehow?

  8. fillyjonk »

    25 October 2017 · 3:40 pm

    Maybe you don’t want to know, but: how I know it’s a migraine:

    It starts with tightness in the back of the neck. A mild headache begins and spreads. I notice I am exceptionally sensitive to smells (“Someone opened a package of goldfish crackers somewhere in the building”) and sounds. I may or may not get a zig-zag line blocking my field of vision.

    Then the real pain starts: like an icepick going into one or the other eye socket, with pain radiating down into the upper teeth on that side. Nausea that gets worse upon moving.

    The worst of them end with me vomiting, which is actually welcome, because often it goes away after that.

    I most often notice them as a result of very large changes in the air pressure, like a giant cold front headed our way.

    I have to be careful about meds so the best treatment I find is to get into a dark quiet room and lie down until it goes away. If I can fall asleep it often will.

  9. CGHill »

    25 October 2017 · 5:20 pm

    Um, there’s a giant cold front headed our way. (Should arrive tomorrow night.)

  10. fillyjonk »

    25 October 2017 · 5:25 pm

    fortunately, the beta blocker I take has greatly reduced the frequency of migraines for me. I still get one once in a while, but they’ve dropped to maybe one every six months instead of one a month.

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