Pharmacy: Combination Tablets : The Pharmacists Own Cures and Mixtures
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Medicine Bottle
Combination Tablets
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Description / History:
Small mouth–blown glass bottle. White and red label reads, "Dr. Ives/ Bismuth–Ipecac–Calomel Comp./ No. 2". Covering up a small section of the label is an attached brown strip that reads, "Caution: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription". This bottle was produced by The Zemmer Company in Pittsburgh, PA, which opened in 1905.
Due to the ingredients in these specific pills, it seems they were used to treat stomach pains or digestive issues.
Ingredients include:
Bismuth Subnitrate– Used to treat many problems that result in vomiting from local irratation.
Ipecac– Has most commonly been used to treat dysentery, but can induce reflex vomiting and diarrhea.
Calomel– Acts quickly as a laxative, but we now know that overtime it leads to mercury poisoning. On the label there is a side–note under the name that reads, "(Mercury Derivative)"
Sodium Bicarbonate– Used to reduced stomach acid. Is now used to treat heartburn and upset stomach.
Oil Anise– Has been used commercially since the 19th century as a treatment for digestive problems. Has also been used in perfume and as a licorice flavoring substitue, as well as in many other foods and products.
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