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Pilulae Rhei Compositae. U. S. (Br.) Compound Pills of Rhubarb.

Pil. Rhei Co.

Related entry: Rhubarb - Myrrh

Pilula Rhei Composita, Br.; Pilules de Rhubarbe composees, Fr.; Rhabarber und Aloepillen, G.

"Rhubarb, in No. 80 powder, thirteen grammes [or 201 grains]; Aloes, in fine powder, ten grammes [or 154 grains]; Myrrh, in fine powder, six grammes [or 93 grains]; Oil of Peppermint, five-tenths of a mil [or 8 minims]; Water, a sufficient quantity, to make one hundred pills. Mix the oil of peppermint intimately with the powders, then incorporate sufficient water to form a mass; divide it into one hundred pills." U. S.

"Rhubarb, in powder, 25 grammes; Aloes, in powder, 20 grammes; Myrrh, in powder, 14 grammes; Hard Soap, in powder, 14 grammes; Oil of Peppermint, 2 millilitres; Syrup of Glucose, 25 grammes, or a sufficient quantity. Mix to form a mass." Br.

This is a tonic laxative, useful in costiveness. If made in quantity the pills should be kept in loosely stoppered bottles. The use of glycerin favors the formation of mouldiness through the attraction of moisture, and it was replaced in the formula of the Br. Ph., 1898, by syrup of glucose.

Dose, of the compound rhubarb pills, two to four pills, or from five to fifteen grains (0.32-1.0 Gm.) of the mass, twice a day.


The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.



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