Pulvis Opii Compositus.—Compound Powder of Opium.

Botanical name: 

Related entry: Opium (U. S. P.)—Opium

Preparation.—"Take of opium, in powder, 1 ½ ounces (av.); black pepper, in powder, 2 ounces (av.); ginger, in powder, 5 ounces (av.); caraway fruit, in powder, 6 ounces (av.); tragacanth, in powder, ½ ounce. Mix them thoroughly, pass the powder through a fine sieve, and finally rub it lightly in a mortar. Keep it in a stoppered bottle"—(Br. Pharm., 1885 and 1898). This contains the dry constituents of confection of opium, 10 per cent of the latter being present.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Used like confection of opium. Dose, 2 to 5 grains.

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