Tinctura Lobeliae et Capsici Composita.—Compound Tincture of Lobelia and Capsicum.
SYNONYM: Antispasmodic tincture.
Preparation.—Take of lobelia, capsicum, and skunk-cabbage root, each, in moderately fine powder, 2 ounces; diluted alcohol, 2 pints, or a sufficient quantity. Form into a tincture by maceration and percolation, as explained under Tincturae, and make 2 pints of tincture; or, it may be made by combining together equal parts of the saturated tinctures of lobelia, capsicum, and skunk-cabbage root.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This tincture is a powerful antispasmodic and relaxant, and will be found highly efficient in cramps, spasms, convulsions, tetanus, etc. The dose is from ½ teaspoonful to 1 teaspoonful, every 10 or 20 minutes, as often as the urgency of the case requires.
In hysteria, convulsions, and tetanus, in which swallowing is difficult, it may be poured into the corner of the mouth, and repeated as often as necessary; it will find its way into the stomach; generally, the effect is almost instantaneous. This valuable preparation should always be in the possession of every physician. In rigidity of the os uteri (with thick doughy edges), 1 teaspoonful administered by mouth, or by enema into the rectum, and repeated in 15 or 20 minutes, will be found to produce a state of softness and dilatability (J. King).