Monday, October 29, 2007

No More...Medicine (not really)

Ibuprofen, neosporin, prescriptions and pretty much every medicine out there come in plastic bottle or tube, and sometimes I need medicine. For example, there is no way I am ever going to be able to give up ibuprofen because sometimes I get really, really bad cramps and that is the only thing that will make them go away.

So unfortunately, I won't be able to give up plastic completely. Plastic bottles of ibuprofen will always be part of my life.

But are there any medicines that can be replaced by plastic free products?


Anonymous said...

Not sure about where you live, but in California, it's illegal for pharmacies to take back prescription bottles to recycle, so I can't go completely plastic-free either. I have to get a new prescription bottle every month.

And I hear you on the ibuprofen. My suggestion would be to buy big bottles of ibuprofen so that you are using less plastic than if you bought several smaller bottles.

I did find some good multi-vitamins in a glass bottle. They are New Chapter Organics vitamins. They do, however, have a plastic cap.

I don't think you should make the mistake of buying a whole bunch of those double paper packets of ibuprofen that you can sometimes find just to avoid plastic. Less packaging overall is better, I think.

(Which, as I mentioned, is my feeling about that Laughing Cow cheese!)



LifeLessPlastic said...

Yeah. I think I'll just end up buying the giant bottles of ibuprofen.

I need lots of ibuprofen for my horrible cramps, so I guess the other option for me is to ask my doctor for a prescription for ibuprofen since you can actually get pills that contain 4 times more ibuprofen per pill if you have a prescription.

That would require me going to the doctor, though, and I don't plan on doing that any time soon.

As for the little paper packets, I won't be doing that. I was just thinking about how wasteful those are yesterday. They're not a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Get a prescription for 800's. That's what I did. Go to the doctor!!! I too had horrible cramps for years and years, and they only got worse the older I got. Lucky for me, I'm 42 and knew I was never going to have children, so I had a hysterectomy in June this year and am in cramp-free heaven now, although I do still get monthly mood swings.

Anyway, I feel for you! Hang in there! Try to take the ibuprofen before the cramps get bad because by that time, it takes forever for the drug to kick in. And yeah, I do know from experience that thats often not possible.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you've tried it or if it's a viable option for you, but I've used a tea of 'crampbark' for my monthlies (available in bulk from the neighborhood herb store).

- f. lynd

(( ))

LifeLessPlastic said...

I've been hearing about this crampbark lately. I think I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for the tip!

rosebleed said...

just wanted to chime in that the "crampbark" is most likely white willow bark, which is something I was going to suggest. have you tried it in the 2.5 years since this post was made? (yes, I'm a little late) I haven't actually tried it yet, but I've been reading too many Jean Auel books, and love the idea of making willow bark tea. It's got the same ingredient that is synthesized for aspirin. that said, didn't Beth Terry say she has aspirin in a glass bottle? every time I go to the store I try to find one, but they're all in a box so there's no way to tell (I look ridiculous shaking bottles of aspirin to check for the sound it makes). I have doubts that they actually make them anymore, at least from bayer, which I think I've seen in glass before.