Extractum Hydrastis, B.P.C. Extract of Hydrastis.

Botanical name: 

Format explanation

Related entries: Hydrastis

Synonyms.—Hydrastin; Extractum Hydrastis Siccum; Dry Extract of Hydrastis.

Hydrastis Rhizome, in No. 60 powder 100.00 | 20 ounces
Alcohol (60 per cent.), a sufficient quantity. |

Exhaust the drug by percolation with the alcohol, recover most of the alcohol by distillation, evaporate the residue to dryness, and transfer it immediately to a well-stoppered bottle. This preparation should be prescribed as "Extractum Hydrastis," as the name "hydrastin" is liable to confusion with that of the alkaloid hydrastine. It has been suggested that this extract should be standardised to contain 20 per cent. of total alkaloids, of which should be hydrastine.
Dose.—3 to 12 centigrams (1 to 2 grains).

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