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Liquor Opii Sedativus, B.P.C. Sedative Solution of Opium.

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Related entry: Opium poppy

Opium, in small pieces 10.00 | 2 ounces
Calcium Hydroxide 1.50 | 131 grains
Alcohol 20.00 | 4 fl. ounces
Sherry 15.00 | 3 fl. ounces
Distilled Water, a sufficient quantity
Alcohol (60 per cent.) to 100.00 | to 20 fl. ounces

Boil the opium and calcium hydroxide with 75 (15 fluid ounces) of the water for half an hour; then cool, strain, press the marc, mix the liquids, make up to 65 (13 fluid ounces) with distilled water, and add the alcohol and sherry. Set aside for sonic time, then filter, and add sufficient alcohol (60 per cent.) to make up to the required volume. The flavour and aroma of this preparation are much improved by keeping for some time before use, a period of six months having been recommended for maturing the solution. It is prescribed by many practitioners in preference to Extractum Opii Liquidum and Tinctura Opii for internal use, but has the same action.

Dose.—3 to 10 decimils (5 to 15 minims), for repeated administration; for a single administration I to 2 mils (15 to 30 minims).


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



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