Pulvis Leptandrae Compositus.—Compound Powder of Leptandra.

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

Preparation.—Take of dried alcoholic extract of leptandra, in powder, 1 drachm; resin of podophyllum, in powder, ½ drachm; sugar of milk, 5 drachms. Mix and triturate well together.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This preparation is a cholagogue cathartic, and was formerly regarded of immense benefit in epidemic dysentery, in doses of 8 grains, repeated every 1 or 2 hours, until it operates freely, after which it may be given 2 or 3 times a day. It was also used with asserted advantage in typhoid, remittent, and intermittent fevers, with or without the addition of quinine sulphate; also in biliary derangements. The addition of 3 grains of santonin to each dose, and given twice a day, forms an admirable anthelmintic (J. King).

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