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SYMBOLS - MEDICINES

V. Ryan 2008-2017

 

Medicines are a very important part of life and have been for hundreds or even thousands of years. Modern medicines are usually packaged. Some patients are confused when reading the instructions regarding how medicines should be taken or what they treat. For instance, the print on packaging can be quite small and often difficult to read especially for older people or people who wear glasses. Consequently some pharmaceutical companies have developed symbols that draw the attention of the patient to specific information / instructions. Some of these symbols are seen below. Specific information is displayed alongside the symbol so that a patient looking at the packaging is able to focus immediately on the important aspects.

 
   
   

This Hayfever symbol represents grasses / flowers. There are millions of Hayfever sufferers around the world and it is a condition that causes people great discomfort. Information displayed alongside this symbol specifically refers to this debilitating condition.

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Pet Hair allergy affects millions of people around the world and it is a condition that causes people great discomfort if they come in contact with pets. Information displayed alongside this symbol specifically refers to this condition.

 

 
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Dust allergy affects millions of people around the world and it is a condition that causes people great discomfort at work and in the home. Often only a small amount of dust can cause a dramatic allergic symptoms to susceptible people. Information displayed alongside this symbol specifically refers to this condition.

 

 
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This symbol tells the patient / medicine user to use it both evening and morning. The sun and moon symbols are easy to understand.

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Allergy suffers use medicines that can cause drowsiness, making people feel tired and sleepy. This can affect people at home and at work. Some modern allergy medicines have been developed that do not have this side effect. The symbol seen opposite means the medicine will not cause drowsiness.

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This symbol suggests that the medicine helps reduce inflamation / swelling. This symbol may appear on a liquid / gel to be applied to a swollen area / bruised area to reduce swelling.

This symbol is seen on medicines that are used as sprays. It states that the spray has 180 measures.

QUESTIONS:
1. A pharmaceutical company has developed a new cough medicine. It is a liquid and it soothes a sore throat and eventually helps prevent coughing. Design a symbol that represents this theme.

2. A pharmaceutical company has developed a new medicine that stops itchy feet for up to six hours. Design a simply symbol to represent the medicines effectiveness. The symbol they are considering using is shown below. Your symbol should be based on the images but be more imaginative.

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