Medicines that are used only in the CIS
In the CIS and in the West, a very different approach to medicine, and our tourists, going to Europe or the United States, discover a lot of new things. For example, the fact that pills and medicines, which for years “save” us from a whole bunch of different diseases, are either not sold in these countries, or are completely unknown. Let's go through the most common.
In the composition that was during the USSR, is no longer available, but tablets with the same name and now you can buy in Russian pharmacies. The combination of aspirin, paracetamol and caffeine as a remedy for headache in different countries is called differently: in the United States, for example, exedrine. In Europe, a number of drugs with such a composition are sold.
At the same time, customers are warned: pills are practically harmless if they are 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 problems.
The drug is widely known and sold not only in Russia, but also in Eastern Europe. In the world, metamizole sodium is produced under the brands Novalgin, Baralgin, Optalgin and. etc.
In developed countries, this analgesic will be sold to you strictly by prescription, or you will not find it at all in pharmacies, because it causes the risk of toxic reactions in the body and dangerous disorders of the immune system.
3. Validol, Corvalol
Validol (menthol solution in menovyl ester of isovaleric acid), which Russians “treat” both the heart, and nerves, and nausea, is sometimes used abroad ... as an aromatic food additive.
We, by the way, wanted to remove it from the list of medicines as an outdated drug with unproven efficacy, but eventually changed their minds, apparently deciding that it is better not to take the favorite “sedative” from people.
As for the other "heart remedies" of Corvalol, in the West it is not on sale and, for example, in the USA its import is prohibited. Phenobarbital in its composition refers to psychotropic substances whose turnover is limited.
Brilliant green all over the world is used as a technical dye for wool and silk.
And only in Russia and some countries of Eastern Europe is it still considered a drug 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 preparations for this.
You are also unlikely to buy valerian tablets in a foreign pharmacy. Firstly, because their effectiveness has not been proven scientifically, and secondly, because for each of the multitude of violations that Russians used to choke off valerian, there are separate medical devices in the West.
Foreigners would simply be stunned to learn that insomnia, nervousness, headache, heart palpitations and digestive problems are “treated” with the same medicine.
6. Novo Passit
“The remedy against anxiety and depression”, beloved by thousands of women in the USSR and Czechoslovakia, is still in demand in our country today.
In the late 1980s, large-scale clinical trials were conducted in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, allegedly "proving its effectiveness as a therapeutic agent in various fields of medicine." But the rest of the world did not convince this, so this medicine is almost unknown abroad.
7. Herb picking
They relate to alternative medicine, to which in the West they are mostly indifferent, in contrast to Russians or Chinese, who trust the “grandmother's” prescriptions more than doctors. Moreover, in our country it is closely connected with Orthodoxy: the most revered holy devotees, like Seraphim of Sarov and Sergius of Radonezh, are known as monastic healers who performed real miracles.
However, it cannot be said that overseas herbs are not held in high esteem, they are merely used for daily maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, rather than for periodic “treatment”.
And in Russia they respect means known from ancient times. For example, mumiyo is a natural organo-mineral product mentioned by Aristotle and Avicenna. Since the 1950s, scientific research has been carried out on this substance in the USSR and friendly India.
And although there is still no clinical evidence of its beneficial effect on the human body, mummy is still in demand in Russia today, and in India Ayurveda is included in the traditional system of medicine.
In Soviet times, on the beaches, it was often possible to observe men, women, and even children with rows of round marks on their backs, similar to either burns or bruises.
It looked at times disgusting, and the health benefits were and remain doubtful. Nevertheless, it is still one of the famous means of traditional medicine for the treatment of colds and relieve muscle spasms.
10. Mustard plasters
Another remedy hated by Soviet children safely disappeared from foreign pharmacies in the early 20th century, when less annoying methods appeared.