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Acetum Opii, B.P.C. Vinegar of Opium.

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Related entry: Papaver somniferum
Synonym.—Black Drop.

Opium, in fine powder 10.00 | 2 ounces
Nutmeg, in No. 30 powder 3.00 | 262 1/2 grains
Refined Sugar 20.00 | 4 ounces
Diluted Acetic Acid ... to 100.00 | to 20 fl. ounces

Macerate the opium and nutmeg in 50 (10 fluid ounces) of the diluted acetic acid, for seven days, stirring frequently; then strain and express. Mix the residue with diluted acetic acid, 20 (4 fluid ounces), then strain and express again. Mix and filter the strained liquids, dissolve the sugar in the filtrate, and pass through the filter sufficient diluted acetic acid to make the product measure 100 (20 fluid ounces).

Dose.—3 to 6 decimils (0.3 to 0.6 milliliters) (5 to 10 minims).


The British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1911, was published by direction of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.



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