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Twitter Threads: Nigerian Healthcare Professionals, Over-the-counter Drugs & Night Terrors



On Friday, a Twitter user @survivor17 whose daughter was suffering from a sore throat narrated how a drug used prescribed by a pharmacist caused her daughter to suffer from night terrors.

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However, another Twitter user @ona_opemi, who happens to be a doctor, came on to rebuff @survivor17’s claims, saying it is untrue that the drug causes night terrors, adding that it is unfair to blame Nigerian health practitioners.

See the post below:

Photo Credit: Twitter – @survivor17 @doc_onaopemi


  1. Dude

    July 15, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Actually really educative. Not everything is spiritual, Some people will experience this and go to church and give testimony about how their child was attacked by witches and wizard, lol.

    • Vee

      July 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Yea,very educative. I was already thinking spiritual sef

    • Ms Kunms

      July 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      A simple ginger, garlic, lemon and honey mixture would have sufficed and saved us all from this. God already gave us natural ingredients to fight any ailment.

  2. Peyton

    July 15, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I like that the health professional responded. Let’s assume for a minute that the strepsils caused the night tremors. How is the health sector to blame?

    How do you know you react to a drug if you haven’t ever taken it and how is the doctor or pharmacist supposed to know you would have a reaction to the drug? How is that a failure of the health care system?

    Yes our health care is not what it should be still it’s no reason for the long epistle. I know someone who took a malaria drug and reacted to it. While it works for other people he can’t take the drug and had no knowledge of it until he had an adverse reaction to it.

    • Chukky

      July 16, 2017 at 6:34 am

      While living in the Caribbean, my doctor had given me some prescriptions for some ailment which I took to the local pharmacy. The pharmacist was taking an unusually long time to fill the prescriptions…..she was on the phone more than once & I could tell it had something to do with the prescriptions…. and since I was already late to work, we agreed I should be back later to pick them up. When I returned to the pharmacy, she explained that she had to talk to the doctor because the prescriptions taken as prescribed would have been fatal for me. That’s why she had insisted on discussing this with my doctor(who later called me to apologize profusely for the oversight).
      Perhaps a bit of post-graduation training and continued perusal of professional literature to remain conversant with trends in the profession, etc will be of considerable assistance to our health professionals. New findings emerge daily in almost all professions. If we refuse to update, we shall atrophy and wither away.

    • slice

      July 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      There are ways to figure out possible adverse reaction without it happening to you. Stop supporting and stating rubbish

  3. Mbe

    July 16, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I just hope BN is not trying to start this useless blame game on pharmacists here. Just blame the pharmacist for anything, adverse drug reactions o, idiosyncratic reactions o, allergic reactions too, Just blame them.
    Strepsils still remains one of the best branded lozenge in the market, and some ignorant mother is here trying to gather traffic. Nonsense.

    • Chukky

      July 16, 2017 at 6:38 am

      @ Mbe. No please. I don’t think it is right to call her “ignorant “. That’s not necessary.

  4. Cozygal

    July 16, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Her friend told her strepsil 6+ has been banned in the UK, but Boots pharmacy still stocks it, and the eMC (regulatory body), still provided a summary of product characteristics for it in April. E ku iro madam. Either you or your friend is lying. Plus, all these signs she’s listed aren’t even common with the drug.
    Plus, that her claim of 3 doses in two days? Idonbilif. Strepsils is almost always abused.

  5. sika

    July 16, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Nigerian healthcare professionals especially doctor are too defensive! you all missed the point – the lozenges for that age of kids is banned in nomal countries. whether you people like it or not, there is no reason a banned medication should be in a naija pharmacy – and no reason a naija doctor or pharmacist should prescribe such. You lot are meant to be doing ongoing research/reading- updating your knowledge and fact is you dont. i have a niece who was given antibiotics by a naija doctor for an allergy – an overdose. if not because someone has access to healthcare in the UK only God knows what would have happened. fact is you lot are negligent.

    • Kay

      July 16, 2017 at 3:24 am

      You are silly. Drugs are banned for different reasons. There are drugs banned in the US that are approved in the UK and vice versa. Did you miss the part where the woman herself tweeted that the Strepsils is being sold in the U.K. again? Your entire comment is stupid, in fact.

    • been there

      July 16, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Every country has a pharmaceutical regulatory body that determines which drugs may be sold in said country. What Canada permits, may not be permitted in the USA, what is sold over the counter in Australia, may require a prescription in Sweden. The term “banned” can be interchanged with “permitted”, “allowed”…and so on.
      I think the main take away here is that you need to consult a medical professional (pediatrician in this case) before giving children anything to cure an ailment. The lady in question did not take her child to see one, she chose to speak to a pharmacist. While a pharmacist (a certified one) is knowledgeable about drugs and how they are compounded, they absolutely cannot take the place of a doctor.
      We could argue for days about who is wrong or right in this story depending on the country one lives in, but know this, everything we ingest is likely to help us or harm us sometimes they do both.

    • Tri

      July 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

      They are not defensive. The problem lies with irrational patients like yourself who project your insecurity on Nigerian health professionals.
      So on the basis of this woman’seeking sensational rant and your niece’s singular experience we should condemn an entire profession?
      You have never heard of a doctor unfortunately prescribe an overdose in UK or US?

    • mimzzzzzzzzz

      July 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      @ Sika and others who believe this banned in other countries, have u actually done ur research to verify whether strepsils 6+ is actually banned in the UK? I think this woman and her friend should be called out for putting out such wrong information in public space. The literature of that drug was revised on the 26th of June this year check that is enough proof at least to show that the drug isn’t banned, except this ban took place within the last 3 weeks. Also no such documented side effect was included in the information. There are different type of drug reactions people experience and some may be idiosyncratic reactions meaning that they are unique to the individual experiencing them and may not occur in other people who take the same drug in the same dose. Such adverse drug reactions are usually not predictable since they don’t occur in majority of the population. I can go on and on. But I urge us to educate ourselves some more about adverse drug reactions before pointing fingers at health professionals and the right thing to do would be for her to report to the FDA or NAFDAC so that a pharmacovigilance form is filled, other such reports concerning the drug would help generate a signal that could eventually lead to a ban or recall.

  6. Cozygal

    July 16, 2017 at 12:51 am

    BN comment moderator, I wasn’t aware that the truth was that upsetting. Biko where’s my comment?
    Now I’ll rewrite the important bits in my first comment.
    1. That drug is not banned in the UK. Google is your friend.
    2. The signs/symptoms the child experienced are not common with the drug; however it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
    To blame the health care system and the health care provider, is a tad bit taking it to much.
    There’s probably something else wrong besides sore throats and maybe she should be taken to a hospital

    • Kay

      July 16, 2017 at 3:27 am

      Different people have different reactions to drugs so I doubt they’re wrong about that. But to blame the drugs and/or healthcare system is incredibly stupid.

  7. Concerned doc

    July 16, 2017 at 1:32 am

    If your child falls sick, the safe and responsible thing to do is to consult a pediatrician . Strepsils aren’t even the recommended treatment for sore throat anyway especially in kids….forget the night terror drama.
    Anything that can potentially numb the throat can lead to aspiration and an even a worse irreversible outcome. God forbid. This mom is lucky.
    Nigerians, stop taking short cuts and then playing panic victim when it backfires. Invest in things of value. The consultation fees will not hurt you.

    Meanwhile there is a certain type of sore throat caused by a germ called strept that if not properly treated can lead to long term effects such as damaged kidneys and a disease known as rheumatic fever. Please please be careful.

    • slice

      July 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      You know you don’t go to the doc for a sore thriat

  8. Bukz

    July 16, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I think there’s something fundamentally wrong with most Nigerians. We are so quick to blame and disregard ours but will always embrace anything foreign. The writer doesn’t trust the pharmacist in Nigeria but believed her incompetent doctor friend in U.K. Shame?

  9. Victor Adegoke

    July 16, 2017 at 7:32 am

    What a disaster.

  10. Xyz

    July 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

    This mother sef. Your child was unwell you didn’t take her to the hospital, you decided to go the pharmacy route. Ok, your child began experiencing all these “scary” things in the night, not opening her eyes, blood everywhere, still no hospital. You instead waited and decided to call a doctor abroad who can’t even see nor assess your child, took her word hook, line and sinker and came online to bash healthcare professionals. Blame yourself first ma, you are even more negligent.

    • Mbe

      July 16, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Oga theres nothing wr9ng with visiting a pharmacy for sore throat. Its an ailment you manage over the counter.

    • Wale Vintage

      July 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      You comment rocks! The moment the aunt told her her child was behaving strangely(woron woron to quote her) that would be the second I would consider the ER; then to add blood coming out any part of her body, that definitely means I am calling an ambulance. There is nothing wrong calling a competent doctor friend abroad, but I will first have gotten to a good hospital back home first to get the GP’s input. Then give my friend abroad the Naija doctor’s feedback to compare ideas. But it is important to note that although rare, a medicine taken by thousands with no reactions might be taken by one single person and they can have a major reaction from it. If strepsils has an antibiotic component in it, it may be that the child has an aversion to that particular antibiotic. I am not in the medical field, but it would be interesting to find out since we don’t know of any other child that reacted to the same strepsil from that particular pharmacy.
      By the way, they have very competent medical professionals in Naija, they just don’t have the right tools or resources to deliver sometimes. But they know their stuff. These are the sort of things Nafdac medical investigators should look into.

  11. Tri

    July 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The moment I saw stuff like LE HUBBS, AYAM and BEHT I knew she was about to spew a load of crap. Very sensational thread that has no basis. It’s only essence is to trend and cast aspersion on already maligned health professionals.
    Glad the fellow who did a follow-up thread sorted her out scientifically.

    • Manny

      July 17, 2017 at 3:57 am

      Don’t mind her. The le hubbs, ayam stuff just put me off. Not when you are discussing something serious.

  12. Candy

    July 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

    This woman is even serious! Your child was that sick, and all you could do was to call U.K. You didn’t take her to the hospital?

    • Candy

      July 16, 2017 at 9:31 am


    • slice

      July 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      For what? So she can die on the way to the hospital. Forget the UK part. Just know she called a doctor

  13. Candy

    July 16, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Again, I have done research, strepsil 6+ isn’t banned in the U.K.

  14. Jules

    July 16, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Nigerians we can too like everything foreign-uk/us/???????mom to start with you+dad didn’t do too well by your daughter. Sore throat you decided to buy an OTC to start with, child started “displaying” all these things you described rather than go to a hospital near you. Your called your obodo oyinbo G.P to consult on child she has not seen. There lies your bias and distrust of the Nigerian healthcare system to which you as a patient or parent in this case is also a stakeholder. So do your part- pharmacist “prescribed” strepsil to your child , perhaps you should have gone on google to ascertain its “safety ” before administering. No it was not an emergency if it were that child should have taken to a hospital from the get go.
    The Nigerian health system needs overhauling no doubt as individuals we need to do better. Fine your country and it’s system is not helping you but you live here so help yourself. You could have walked into the pharmacy that day and an antibiotic,……was what you bought instead (things you can’t do in the U.K) and your child could have then develop a more serious adverse drug reaction later. Blame line will be very longoh! All these healthcare professionals are to work as a team with each member of the team knowing their roles. Yes there are overlaps in roles but not substitution. Each country has its own pharmaceutical regulatory body with its own set of rules. Strepsil is not banned in the U.K it’s an OTC that you can get from boots,…….As Nigerians perhaps we should try to begin to shift our mind set- everything foreign is not best. Intellectual laziness is ruining us as a nation- do your own reasearch and dont’t believe everything everyone tells you.

    • slice

      July 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Otc is perfectly ok for sore throat

  15. Ivie

    July 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Strepsil is an over the counter lozenges that can be sold without prescription. Except you bought a fake drug, strepsil can never cause the symptoms u just listed. By the way, strepsil is not banned in the UK.

  16. Ephi

    July 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Le Hubbs ?
    Sorry couldn’t help that.

    Back to topic, this is one of the reasons I like BN. There are informed people here, the comments above have said it all. Not everything is blame Nigeria.

  17. Jite

    July 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I think instead of saying the mother is putting on a blame game on strepsil, you should ask better questions like is it possible that a percentage of people have adverse effects to the drug. The fact that it works for most people doesn’t mean it cant have adverse effects and it is the job of the pharmacist to tell everyone drug user the side effects of each drug they dispense so that the user isn’t taken unawares.
    On this issue i still blame the pharmacist for not telling the parents about possible side effects or even checking if the drugs were still been allowed to be used in nigeria

    • Cozygal

      July 16, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      That’s the thing, none of the things she listed is a possible side effect. So the pharmacist would never have known. The drug is not an antibiotic and doesn’t contain one. It’s an antiseptic drug. However, the child might have had an idiosyncratic reaction; we don’t know. What has happened is until proven otherwise, an adverse event not an adverse reaction. What this mum should have done is seek medical help. If your child is bleeding, and hallucinating and all sorts, then you should get to the bottom of the matter, by seeking through the right channels and not come to these conclusions. Plus the UK doctor talking about the drug being banned in the UK, you don’t even need a pharmacy to buy strepsils. Ordinary Poundland sells strepsils.

  18. beeola

    July 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I feel like this mother’s story was made up . First of all strepsils is not banned in the UK or any other country for that matter. secondly how can a=your child be bleeding from the nose and the first thing you do is call a doctor in the UK instead of going straight to a hospital???

  19. Dr.N

    July 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    With children it is always better to go to the hospital
    If you don’t like Nigerian doctors you can fly the child abroad or fly the doctors in ???(As a caring parent)
    But to keep buying drugs from the pharmacy even when the child is getting worse is a mistake
    And don’t say it is just sore throat. Children are not capable of explaing symptoms like adults. On examination you will find out the child has more

  20. meelikey

    July 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I see no reason for debate and insults thrown at each other. The nightmare of adverse drug reaction is real,I have experienced the worst of it several times. I now first consult google and you tube for natural remedy for minor ailments and am enjoying the journey so far

  21. Tolulope

    July 17, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Trust Nigerians to blame the victim.
    All sounding like politicians supporting and hyping a system that needs total overhauling.

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