My husband and I were sitting tonight watching the football game and two different “drug” commercials came on almost back to back.  Do you find these all to be a bit much?  Who really waits to see a commercial to decide if they need to be on a drug or not?

I mean really.  I remember when I was a teenager and the Summer’s Eve or Kotex commercials would come on and I would be so embarrassed that I wanted to crawl under the couch.  Those seem so tame now.  There are so many feminine hygiene products now not to mention yeast infections or dryness.

Then we have all the “Viva Viagra” songs where grown men are singing with their band in the garage.  Who does this??  Is this supposed to be real life?  Seriously, I don’t know one man that would sing with his friends out in the garage about taking Viagra and then going home to the little woman.

Sally Field is on advertising the once a month osteoporosis pill and she’s “so relieved to only have to take one a month.”  Her life is just to busy to take a pill a day!  Please.  I agree with the pills for those that need them but do we really need to see these all the time?  Do we really need to explain to our 8 year old grandchildren what “if you have an erection for more than 4 hours get help immediately” means?

That leads me to wonder how many of us are self medicating and don’t even bother to go to the doctor when we feel something is wrong.  Providing we can buy over the counter.  I often wonder how many women are treating yeast infections and they might not even have one let alone they might have something more serious.  Then if they do develop one are they immune to the medicine because they’ve been taking it to long?  I’m not a doctor but I’m just wondering. 

Are we alone here?  How many of you find these commercials to not only be embarrassing and personal but down right irritating?  I wonder if there’s a cream or pill to get rid of that???

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17 Responses to Commercials

  1. SKL says:

    Joy, you crack me up.

    You are so right. I cringe with each and every one of those ads. Like the late-night ones that say, “do you have trouble sleeping? [If you didn’t, why the hell would you be watching this lame rerun??]” Or “why the hell is my leg moving? OMG I think I have RLS!” Or “if you feel like crap, we have a pill for that!” “Do you gotta pee? We have a pill for that!” Pretty soon they will have a “Universal” pill that cures it all!

    And the old people in the bathtubs on top of the mountain waiting for the “right moment” – oh, gag, gag!

    The worst thing is that I think this gives people the idea that they have a “condition” and that it must be “treated.” I mean, not to be morbid, but the body is not designed to remain youthful forever. Taking pills isn’t going to make us younger. It’s just going to replace one problem (maybe) with another one. These commercials encourage a “glass half empty” attitude. People with that attitude have more pain just because they think they are supposed to be hurting. Remember the song “I haven’t got time for the pain”? There’s some truth to that.

    There’s a lot of money to be made in the pill business, so naturally they are advertising as aggressively as possible. There are government controls on this. Used to be, they weren’t allowed to advertise prescription meds on TV. They changed the law to allow it, provided they list all the side effects – which makes the ads even worse, doesn’t it? “This drug will either solve all your problems, or cause chronic liver disease, blindness, and suicidal thoughts.” Niiiiice.

    I’m with you, Joy, let’s ban these commercials. Lucky for me, I hardly watch any TV, so I don’t see commercials that often.

  2. kuku1 says:

    Joy,you are on the money.It seems like these drug companies want this great nation to be reduced to ‘the land of the sick’. They are always anxious to convince you that you are suffering from this or that.( how come we never had a shaking leg syndrome before?)
    Read my article
    The art of money-making is gotten out of hands.

  3. It ate my comment! Summary: Drug commercials are bad, they cause people to think lightly of illness (depression comes to mind), and if you can’t buy it at Walgreens, you shouldn’t be able to advertise it.

  4. WordPress is getting my information confused. Weird.

  5. Tosha says:

    I hate having to explain the viagra commercials to my kids. Another one that really bugs me is the pregnancy test one where they talk about peeing on a stick.. Is that really the best way to advertise a pregnancy test? I’ve had to answer the question,”mom why would you pee on a stick” too many times to count! And the answer to the question just launches more questions. I hate that commercial.It bugs me to no end. There are better ways to advertise the product.

  6. It is horrible. Not just the specific content of the ads is revolting, but the whole pill culture is out of control and we as a society seem to take it in stride.

    I’m glad you are speaking out as a voice of sanity.

  7. Sue says:

    I hate those commercials!!! It’s like really people, there are children watching!

  8. Just a Mom says:

    I hate these ads as well! Bring back the cigarette ads, at least I can just tell me kids if you use them I’ll kill ya!
    They should never have allowed those drug ads to begin with. In my opinion it was a political move, the more we need or think we need these drugs the greater need there is for Socialized Medicine. Just my simple little opinion.

  9. nikki says:

    You are not alone Joy!!! I hate those commercials with a passion!! There is enough that we as parents have to explain to our children, we don’t need the added crap!!! Talking about erections, dryness, pills, uncontrollable bladders…COME ON!!!!

  10. SanityFound says:

    Now I think the only way to solve this is by sending your commercial people to Afreaka – here we advertise that Garlic and Beetroot cure AIDS and well if you shower you can wash HIV away as well (future president of SA whohoo).

    Here it is against the law to advertise anything other than painkillers and the likes there of, anything above that level and you’re in trouble. I don’t watch TV but this is what they tell me.

  11. joanharvest says:

    The pharmaceutical companies have such a huge lobby it’s scary. That’s how that law got changed. Too much going on between the Pharm companies and the FDA and it all revolves around the dollar.

    I’m glad I have a DVR. I fast forward through commercials.

  12. mssc54 says:

    Joy; my favorite quote from is from the Cialis commercial.

    “If erection lasts longer than four hours call your physician.”

    My first thought was… who am I calling the physician for me or my wife?

    My second thought was… the physician? Shewt, I’m calling my friends and telling them!

    But that’s just my guy take.

  13. Joy says:

    mssc54, that commercial beats all. Can you imagine going into the ER and telling the sign in person “what your problem is???” Eeegads…

  14. SKL says:

    Don’t you think they put that warning on there to make more people buy Cialis? I mean, if an erection “might” last four hours or more, what will people suppose the average is?

    Eew, I can’t believe I just wrote about erections.

  15. Joy says:

    Oh SKL, now your the one cracking me up!!! I never thought of it that way before!

    I can’t believe you wrote about it either!!!

  16. mssc54 says:

    ROFL well now I’m glad I brought that up. I enjoy a little chuckle before I turn in.


  17. Joy says:

    Oh sure mssc54, stir the pot and then go to bed!!

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