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Syn.—Nitrite of Amyl.
Indications: Fluttering and irregular pulse, pale and cold surface, increased arterial throbbing, tensive spasmodic condition of heart.
Use: Amyl nitrite is produced by the action of nitric acid on amylic alcohol. It is a restorative in extreme conditions. On account of its relaxing effect on the muscular system it may be used in general or local spasms. Useful in angina pectoris, tetanus, asthma, whooping-cough. Internally it may be given in 1/4 to 1/2 drop as often as required, or larger doses if the emergency demands it. Inhale from 1 to 3 drops or more as the case may demand. The 3 to 5 drop glass capsules are convenient for inhalation. They can be broken in a handkerchief and then inhaled It should not be used where there is determination of blood to the head. Its action should always be carefully watched, and it should never be used if contra-indicated.
The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.