In English, husband and wife medicine. It may sound strange but this thing is for real. Batanggenyo like me grew on this kind of medicine that we can easily purchase in sari-sari store. Though in some part of Batangas, this is not a known fact. I’m surprise that my girlfriend from Rosario Batangas didn’t know about it so I take time to do my research and here it goes.
Magasawang gamot refers to a combination of antibiotic Chloramphenicol with the analgesic/antipyretic paracetamol. Drug trade is not strict in the Philippines so people can easily buy medicine over the counter. They usually remember the last medicine that they used and work out so they use it again the next time to save the hassle of going to a clinic for checkup. Most especially in rural areas where the nearest doctor is several kilometers away.
It is usually taken as a single dose for a variety of illnesses and complaints: flu-like syndromes, colds and febrile gastrointestinal diarrhea disorders. The antibiotic part of the combination has been substituted with amoxicillin. A second or third dosing is determined by the user, depending on severity or persistence of symptoms.
Cost of ready-to-dispense, cellophane-wrapped single-dose magasawang gamot: amoxicillin 250 mg and paracetamol 500 mg is ranging from Php 8 to Php 12.