I went to The Medicine Chest yesterday morning to have a prescription for Famiciclovir filled. It took a few minutes, as these things do, and when it was ready, the pharmacist called me over. I love our pharmacy. The pharmacists really go above and beyond. But it is rather difficult to have a private conversation at their counter.
“Okay,” she said. “This is an anti-viral drug. It’s used to treat viral infections like cold sores.”
“Or shingles,” I said, since that is what I need treatment for.
“Right,” she said quickly, as if she wanted to pass right to the next point of discussion. “That too.”
It was only after I got home and started reading the medical information insert that I realized the other disease the drug is most often used to treat, besides shingles, is genital herpes.
Well, hunh. I can see why the pharmacist didn’t want to bring that up.
Let me also add that, although I can’t tell you from personal experience, I bet genital herpes is no walk in the park. But I can tell you, unequivocally, that shingles totally suck.