Dose.—From gr. v. to gr. x.; three doses, taken during an intermission in intermittent fever, being generally sufficient to prevent the accession of the next paroxysm.
Therapeutic Action.—Sulphate of cinchonia possesses most of the properties of the sulphate of quinine, but in a milder degree. We have employed it as an antiperiodic with good results, especially in those cases in which, owing to the idiosyncrasy of the patient, quinine could not be taken. It will be found a much pleasanter agent to the taste than quinine, which is a great desideratum; again, we think it is not so apt to produce irritation of the stomach, or cerebral symptoms; and lastly, it is sold for about one-half the price, which is no unimportant matter to the country physician who furnishes his own medicine. It may be employed in all cases where the sulphate of quinine is indicated.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.