Pharmacy: Combination Tablets : The Pharmacists Own Cures and Mixtures
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Medicine Bottle
Combination Tablets
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Small mouth–blown glass bottle reads "Friable Pills/ Physostigma Comp./ Frankland". These sugar coated orange pills were more easily digested than their earlier counterparts, hence the name "Friable Pills". Based on the ingredients, these pills seem to have been used as a laxative.
Ingredients inclue:
Ext physostigma– Can be fatal in large doses. Often combined with Polophyllin and Belladona to increase laxative properties.
Powd Ipecac– Has most commonly been used to treat dysentery, but can induce reflex vomiting and diarrhea.
Aloin– Used as a laxative to treat constipation.
Podophyllin– Was often combined with Belladonna to induce laxative effects and/or lessen negative effects. In toxic doses, Podophyllin can cause severe inflammation of the small intenstine.
Phenolpthalein– Has long been used as a laxative, but has recently been removed from basic laxative medicines over concerns that it may cause cancer. It is also used in Kastle–Meyer Test and in toys, like Barbies, as a disapearing dye for hair, among other things.
Extract Belladonna– Can be used to treat various gastrointenstinal disorders. In certain doses, Belladonna can be very poisonous.
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