So I've been in Tbilisi, Georgia for almost a week and the temperature is now dropping below zero Celsius sometimes and I have the dubious honour of being the first in my hostel to contract a head cold.
I need some medicine but I dislike medicine, especially cold medince, and am very particular about what I want. But I have no idea if it's available in this part of the world like it is in Australia, plus there is the language barrier making it hard to explain even to my fellow travellers, let alone in the pharmacy.
I only want decongestant. I do not want cold medicine with other ingredients such as expectorants etc.
I like the kind which is sold in Australia by various companies as "Night and Day" cold and flu medicine, equivalents are readily available including generics. Here are some I can find after lots of internet searching:
- Codral Day & Night New Formula
- Sudafed® PE Sinus Day + Night Relief
- Demazin PE Day & Night tablets
- Nyal Cold & Flu Fighter Day & Night
- Dimetapp Daytime/Nightime
They come in a box with a ratio of 2:1 day tablets to night tablets. The day tablets contain pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine, while the night tablets contain another ingredient which has the welcome side effect of drowsiness.
Is such a product widely available around the world? If not what should I look for instead? And how should I explain what I want to a pharmacist who is likely only to speak Georgian and Russian?
I'm very sure that I only want to medicate the runny/blocked nose symptom.