Extractum Spigeliae Fluidum Compositum.—Compound Fluid Extract of Spigelia.

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Related entry: Spigelia (U. S. P.)—Spigelia - Fluid Extract of Spigelia. - Fluid Extract of Spigelia and Senna.

SYNONYM: Fluid extract of entozoic powder.

Preparation.—Take of pink-root, swamp milkweed, mandrake, bitter-root, each, in fine powder, 21 troy ounces; balmony, in moderately fine powder, 5 troy ounces; alcohol, diluted alcohol, each, a sufficient quantity. Add a sufficient quantity of the alcohol to the powders to thoroughly moisten them, and allow the mixture to macerate for 24 hours; then transfer it to a percolator, and gradually add alcohol until 12 fluid ounces have passed, which set aside. Then gradually add diluted alcohol to the residuum in the percolator, until it is exhausted; evaporate this in a water-bath, to 4 fluid ounces, and, while warm mix in the reserved tincture, and make 1 pint of fluid extract.

Medical Uses and Dosage.—This fluid extract may be used instead of the compound powder of spigelia, in doses of from 5 to 8 drops for a child a year old, or from 10 to 20 drops for an adult, repeating the dose every hour until it acts freely upon the bowels, after which administer the dose 3 times a day, for several days in succession. A very pleasant preparation for worms may be made by adding 1 part of this fluid extract to 12 parts of simple syrup, of which the dose for a child a year old is a teaspoonful, and for an adult a tablespoonful, to be repeated in the same manner as named in the preceding doses. This will answer especially for those children who can not take the entozoic powder (J. King).

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