Decoctum Scoparii.—Decoction of Broom.

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Related entry: Scoparius (U. S. P.)—Scoparius

Preparation.—The British Pharmacopoeia directs the preparation of decoction of broom essentially as follows: Boil in a covered vessel 1 ounce (av.) of broom tops in a pint (Imp) of distilled water for 10 minutes. Strain and pour upon the residue in the strainer sufficient distilled water to produce a pint (Imp.) of the finished product.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This is actively diuretic, and is useful in dropsical disorders. Care must be taken in its administration, as it may provoke renal and cystic irritation. The dose is about 2 fluid ounces, given so that from to 1 pint is taken in 24 hours.

Related Preparation.—DECOCTUM SCOPARII COMPOSITUM. Compound decoction of broom. Take of broom-tops, juniper berries, and dandelion root, of each, ½ troy ounce; water, Ojss. Boil down to 1 pint. Dose, from 1 to 2 fluid ounces.

King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.