The other evening while watching TV, this ad comes on. In
the ad were these two older people who were supposedly married to one anther.
They were a good-looking couple with white hair and no weight issues like
normal people. (The kind you love to hate in other words.) They were dressed
ordinarily, like the hip oldsters with white jeans and sporty looking shirts.
She was attractive, he was handsome: like I said, the type you love to hate.
The ad was about a medication that was something like Xanaxcialiszyprexaviagraprozac,
but the voice over doesn’t really tell you what the drug is for. No, instead it
shows you the couple running in the serf, kicking water at each other, he
cuddles her and she cuddles him back. This could only mean one thing: they are
heading towards the beach house soon! Luckily they don’t have their shoes on or
I would know the drug was for dementia.
The problem with these kinds of commercials is I never know
what the drug is for. Is it for male impotence, depression, dementia or even a
common cold? Could they be treating a shopping disorder or couch potato syndrome?
They waste the precious airtime on me for sure. They may even describe the
color of the pill as part of the pitch, but still I go on, blissfully not
knowing or worse yet not caring.
Of course they play the theme of the two of them in love,
sharing and what not. Now let us suppose there are others out there who don’t
particularly know what these meds are for either. Let’s say the med is for male
enhancement. Lo and behold (What does that mean?) SHE takes it! Does she have a
stiff back? Is this stiff back going to last more than 4 hours? Will she call
her doctor, or will she be too embarrassed to?
But what if HE takes the pill thinking it is for depression?
Suddenly he becomes amorous, does this mean she thinks he is over his
depression rather suddenly, and what’s that in his pocket?
always end the ad with the customary caution that really makes me want to buy
it. Get emergency
medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Xanaxcialiszyprexaviagraprozac:
skin rash or hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue,
new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes,
anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable,
agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically),
more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
doctor at once if you have:
very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast
or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out;
agitation, hallucinations, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting,
headache, slurred speech, severe weakness, muscle cramps, loss of
coordination, feeling unsteady, seizure (convulsions), shallow breathing
(breathing may stop); or
severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face
or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin
rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering
side effects may include:
tremors, sweating, feeling anxious or nervous;
dry mouth, upset stomach, mild nausea;
sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams;;
changes in weight or appetite;
decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat.
An erection lasting more than 4 days. (Your doctor would be