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Glucose Tablets from other countries

I am moving this to a blog post, so you may have seen this before. :)

This is a photo of the glucose tablets I bought from the oldest pharmacy in Europe, which is in Dubrovnik, Croatia. I packed more glucose tabs than I thought I would need for our 2+ week trip to Europe, but by the 4th day I was already running low. I doubted I would be able to find any in Europe-- I didn't know what they were called, and it's not a common term that you would expect most people to know. We took a tour of the oldest pharmacy, and then realized that it is still in service. We waited in line and I asked the pharmacist, "Do you have glucose?" She didn't recognize the word, so I said, "sugar?" My husband then pointed to me and said, "diabetes." The pharmacist pointed to what looked like a tubes of candy on a little stand beside the cash register and said, "When sugar in blood is low, you eat this to bring up." I said, "YES! That's what I'm looking for!" She was nice enough to let us pay for them with Euros; I think that the pharmacy was only supposed to take kuna, which is the Croatian currency.
We got some more glucose tablets in Florence, Italy, where they call them "energy tablets." They worked really well! Here's a picture...

I think I will start collecting glucose tablets from every country I visit. :)

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Comment by Hana Rous on January 7, 2008 at 6:17am
Glucose exists in 2 mirror image molecular forms. Dextrose, the right handed molecule which is biologically active and Laevose,the left handed molecule, which isn't. Both are forms of glucose. Natural glucose is a mixture of the 2.
In Britain, any pharmacist(chemist) would understand the term Glucose. Lucozade is certainly one common brand. The other one found everywhere is called Dextrosol
Lucozade is also the name of a high glucose carbonated drink. It used to be recommended to sick people, now it tends to be thought of as a sports drink. It's the fastest acting glucose I know of. Powdered glucose is also available in all pharmacies.
In other European countries, there is a distinction between the Pharmacy, where medicines are dispensed and the Droguerie, where cosmetis and perfumery goods are sold. That's coming here now. I noticed that my local giant supermarket, recently refurbished, has a department called "Pharmacy" When I was a child, nearly 60 years ago, they were known as "dispensing Chemists"
Comment by Katie I. on January 10, 2008 at 2:06pm
Thanks so much to everyone for all the helpful info. I agree that a list would be helpful.
I didn't even think to research the terminology before I left the country, but it would have been so helpful to come across a discussion like this. I'm going to save this for the next time I travel!
Comment by Hana Rous on July 16, 2008 at 4:42am
Why do you Americans think Europe is still in the dark ages? Of course you can get glucose anywhere We even have water that is safe to drink:>). I came across capuccino flavoroured glucosein Germany, which I found plain horrid. Anything you get in the USA will be here somewhere, but may be much more expensive It might be a good idea to learn the Chemical formula for glucose C 6 H 12 O 6. Any pharmacist will recognise that even if they write in another alphabet. The numbers should be subscripts
Comment by Katie I. on July 16, 2008 at 6:40am
I did not say that I thought Europe was "still in the dark ages."
Comment by Hana Rous on July 16, 2008 at 9:20am
But you did wonder if you would find glucose here. I currently have a brand called Dextro energy in several flavours. I rarely use them. Also if looking for a pharmacy in Europe, look out for a green cross, often in lights. It's not official in every country, but it's spreading. Even here in Britain, where we still call them chemists and where the same store has a pharmacy and a perfumery usually.
Comment by packers24 on February 15, 2012 at 3:31pm

That's cool I have some old ones my dad brought me back from Germany, do you travel a lot?


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