Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatar ended June 1, 2012, but the memories will always remain. It's back to Texas where I have decided...Qatar isn't cornering the market on "quirky", as I once believed. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world, Doha!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Your Change, Madame

Just when you think you've seen it all, Doha begs to differ. I made a run to the pharmacy yesterday for some much needed antihistamine for my awful sleep pattern since arriving back in Doha. I don't sleep during the day, but I don't sleep at night either. Anyway, the cashier rang me up and gave me the price of QR 6.75. As I've informed y'all in the past, coins are rare in this country. Instead of coins, it's not unusual to receive gum or even a candy bar for your balance due. Well, guess what the pharmacy gives you? Yes, I got a pill. A pill, a random pill. A single pill in a foil and plastic wrap. What the heck is it for? Who, knows...no instructions included. I tossed it in my Arabic "Cialis" bag (yes, erectile dysfunction apparently has no borders) and was out the door. Now, I have new homework to do. I'm off to Google "Panadol" and see what I can do with my newly acquired pill.

Follow up:

Panadol is the GlaxoSmithKline brand name of the phamaceutical paracetamol (para-acetylaminophenol), which is administered to reduce pain and fever. There are many similar products marketed under other names. For example, in India, paracetamol is sold as Crocin and in Colombia it is marketed as Dolex. It is sold in more than 85 countries.[1] However, in North America, Johnson and Johnson's Tylenol is the leading brand of paracetamol.[2]

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  1. Sybil,
    That is so funny. I gotten lots of gum and candy of various sorts, but no pills.
    Maybe you could trade it in for something better.......

  2. Like maybe a Prozac so I can be oblivious to the Doha traffic? Hmm, interesting idea. JUST KIDDING!

  3. Only in Doha!

  4. OMG-That is just too funny! I agree some Prozac would have been a much better trade than Panadol. But at least you learned what that is...just a fancy word for Tylenol! ;-)


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