Mystery Pills — Guru’s Secret

What do you do if you find a mystery pill or capsule in your purse or in your kid’s pocket? In my feckless youth, I might have popped it to see what it did. As I am now older, and at least a little wiser, I would now try to find out what the pill is before deciding to swallow it. That would be my recommendation to you.

As a follow up to “The Guru’s Secret,” here is a tip. To find out what a pill is, do a Google search of the description. For example, if you type in “green white capsule,” Google will suggest “green white capsule e615,” “green white capsule r076,” “green white capsule lupin 250,” and so forth. Following the search for “green white capsule lupin 250” will bring you to Lupin 250, which has a picture of the pill. Often just the marking is sufficient. For example a search for “IP465” identifies a 600 mg. ibuprofen tablet.

For those in the Y Generation and older, Google and Wikipedia searches are not a knee-jerk reaction to any question. We need to learn that the answer to almost anything is available on the Internet. However, we also need to remember not to rely unquestioningly on the truth of everything we find there. When I do a Google search for something like “IP465” or “japanese maple pruning” or “lamprey pie recipe” I am awed by the information age we now enjoy. That awe, however, is tempered when I run a search like “aryan nation.”


John B. Payne, Attorney
Garrison LawHouse, PC
Dearborn, Michigan 313.563.4900
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 800.220.7200
©2012 John B. Payne, Attorney

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  • Manual Csensich

    Ibuprofen is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that is commonly used for the relief of symptoms of arthritis, fever, primary dysmenorrhea (menstrual pains), and as an analgesic (a medication given to reduce pain without resulting in loss of consciousness). Ibuprofen also has an antiplatelet effect (protects from blood clots), though less than aspirin. The World Health Organization (WHO) includes ibuprofen in its “Essential Drugs List”; a list of minimal medical needs for a basic health care system. :

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