Anxious time after the quake
Blenheim pharmacists have noticed a vast increase in demand for over-the-counter anti-anxiety pills since the Grassmere earthquake two weeks ago.
However, prescribed medication had remained much the same, they said.
Community Care Pharmacy pharmacist Tim Ting said their stock of alternative supplements, such as Rescue Remedy, was completely wiped out two days after the quake on August 16.
People in Blenheim tended to try alternative remedies before seeking prescription drugs, he said.
Mr Ting was working in Christchurch after the earthquakes there and had anticipated greater demand in scripts for stress medication here, he said.
"There's an increase in prescriptions but not as many as we thought." Sleep drops had also started selling out fast, he said.
Unichem Redwoodtown pharmacist Barbara Taylor also reported an increase in Rescue Remedy sales.
She noticed more young people asking for anxiety treatment and people buying it for their children.
The increase had definitely come after the 6.6 magnitude Grassmere earthquake rather than the July 21 jolt, she said.
People normally used Rescue Remedy, which is a homeopathic remedy, before flying or making speeches, she said.
"There has been a small increase in prescription medication but you can't really tell if that is because of the earthquake; we just know it is medication for stress.
" But we know the Rescue Remedy is for the earthquake."
Wairau Pharmacy pharmacist Claire Livingstone had noticed greater demand for lorazepam, for anxiety, and sleeping tablets.
Medical herbalist Julia Davidson, of Blenheim, was selling more herbal supplements for stress relief.
A lot of her clients had developed headaches because their necks had tightened up because of stress, she said.
"People saw the July quake as a one-off and just got over that.
"This one [Grassmere] seemed to be worse and has triggered people looking for medication."
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