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If carbonate of lithium is decomposed with benzoic acid this salt results. It is soluble in cold water (4), in boiling water (10), alcohol (12).
Use: It assists in dissolving uric acid and favors elimination of same. As it is very irritating to the stomach in a concentrated form it should always be taken well diluted. We think of it in gout and rheumatism where there is excess of uric acid in urine, gravel, cystic irritation, the result of pressure of renal sand. It is directly indicated where there is an uneasy sensation in the loins extending to the bladder, earthy phosphates, gravel, uric acid deposits in the urine, a feeling of fullness and tension in the region of the perineum, frequent desire to micturate, with difficulty in passing urine.
The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.