Medicines that are used only in the CIS
There is a very different approach to medicine in the CIS and the West, and our tourists, traveling to Europe or the USA, discover a lot of new things. For example, the fact that the pills and potions that have been saving us from a whole bunch of different diseases for years are either not sold in these countries or not known at all. Let's go through the most common.
In the composition that was in the days of the USSR, it is no longer available, but tablets with the same name can now be bought in Russian pharmacies. The combination of aspirin, paracetamol and caffeine as a remedy for headache in different countries is called differently: in the USA, for example, excedrine. In Europe, a number of drugs with such a composition are sold.
At the same time, customers are warned: tablets are almost harmless if taken occasionally and if the body is not dehydrated. But frequent use in combination with other agents containing paracetamol and aspirin, as well as with alcohol, can cause liver and kidney damage.
The drug is widely known and sold not only in Russia, but also in Eastern Europe. In the world, metamizole sodium is released under the brands novalgin, baralgin, and optalgin. etc.
In developed countries, this analgesic will be sold to you strictly according to the prescription, or you will not find it at all in pharmacies, because it causes a risk of toxic reactions in the body and dangerous immune system disorders.
3. Validol, Corvalol
Validol (a solution of menthol in menthyl ester of isovalerianic acid), which Russians "treat" with heart, nerves, and nausea, is sometimes used abroad ... as an aromatic food supplement.
By the way, they wanted to remove it from our list of medicines as an obsolete drug with unproven effectiveness, but in the end they changed their minds, apparently deciding that it was better not to take away their favorite "sedative" from the people.
As for the other “heart remedy” of Corvalol, it is not on sale in the West and, for example, in the USA its import is prohibited. Phenobarbital in its composition refers to psychotropic substances, the circulation of which is limited.
Diamond green is used worldwide as a technical dye for wool and silk.
And only in Russia and some countries of Eastern Europe, it is still considered a medicine and is widely used for “staining” children (and sometimes adults) during chickenpox and other cases with skin rashes or lesions. In the West, there are effective colorless drugs for this.
You are also unlikely to buy valerian tablets at a foreign pharmacy. Firstly, because their effectiveness has not been scientifically proven, and secondly, because for each of the many violations that Russians are used to drowning out with valerian, in the West there are separate medical devices.
Foreigners would simply be stunned to learn that insomnia, nervousness, headache, heart palpitations and digestive problems are “treated” with the same medicine.
"The remedy against anxiety and depression," loved by thousands of women in the USSR and Czechoslovakia, is still in demand in our country today.
In the late 80s, large-scale clinical trials were conducted in Czechoslovakia, supposedly "proving its effectiveness as a therapeutic agent in various fields of medicine." But the rest of the world was not convinced, so abroad such a medicine is almost unknown.
7. Herb fees
They relate to alternative medicine, to which the West is mostly indifferent, unlike Russians or Chinese, who trust “grandmother's” prescriptions more than doctors. In addition, this is closely connected with Orthodoxy in our country: the most revered holy ascetics, like Seraphim of Sarov and Sergius of Radonezh, are known as monastic healers who performed real miracles.
However, one cannot say that abroad herbs are not held in high esteem, they are simply used rather for daily maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, and not for periodic “treatment”.
And in Russia they respect the means known since ancient times. For example, mumiyo is a natural organo-mineral product, mentioned even by Aristotle and Avicenna. Since the 1950s, scientific research of this substance has been carried out in the USSR and friendly India.
And although there is still no clinical evidence of its beneficial effect on the human body, the mummy is still in demand in Russia, and in India it is part of the traditional Ayurveda system of medicine.
In Soviet times, on the beaches one could often observe men, women, and even children with rows of round footprints on their backs that looked like burns or bruises.
It looked disgusting at times, and the health benefits were and remain doubtful. Nevertheless, it is still one of the well-known traditional medicine for treating colds and relieving muscle cramps.
10. Mustard plasters
Another remedy hated by Soviet children safely disappeared from foreign pharmacies in the early 20th century, when less annoying methods appeared there.