Pilulae Leptandrae Compositae.—Compound Pills of Leptandra.

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

Preparation.—Take of extract of leptandra, 1 drachm; resin of podophyllum, ½ drachm; extract of rhubarb, a sufficient quantity. Mix together, and divide into 60 pills. Some prefer making these pills with extract of dandelion instead of rhubarb.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This is a valuable cholagogue pill, very beneficial in liver affections, obstinate constipation, or wherever catharsis is required. It will likewise be found useful in dysentery. The dose is from 1 to 3 pills, once or twice a day. A very useful and effectual pill, that will not occasion gastro-intestinal irritation, may be made by thoroughly mixing together resin of podophyllum, 30 grains; extract of leptandra, 60 grains; extract of hyoscyamus, 45 grains; and dividing the mass into 60 pills. The compound cathartic pill of some of our practitioners is composed of resin of podophyllum, 15 grains; dry extract of leptandra, extract of hyoscyamus, each 1 drachm. Mix, and divide into 60 pills.

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