Pulvis Xanthoxyli Compositus.—Compound Powder of Xanthoxylum.

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

Preparation.—Take of oleoresin of prickly ash bark, hydrochlorate of berberine, and sulphate of quinine, each, 1 drachm; sugar of milk, a sufficient quantity. Mix together, adding just enough sugar of milk to form the mass into a powder, and then divide into 60 powders.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This is a valuable stimulating tonic and alterative, and may be employed in cases requiring such action, as in debility of the digestive functions, dyspepsia, convalescence from fevers, diarrhoea, and dysentery, hepatic torpor, periodical headache, scrofula, and other chronic diseases accompanied with excessive debility. The dose is 1 powder, to be repeated 3 or 4 times a day. It may be given in water, milk, molasses, syrup, or wine, as symptoms may indicate. One powder contains a grain, each, of the three medicinal agents entering into its composition (J. King).

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