|Oil of Theobroma||16.50|||||3 oz. 131 gr.|
|Ether||to 100.00|||||to 20 fl. ounces|
Dissolve the oil of theobroma in the ether, and add an equal volume of alcohol when required for use. Ethereal solution of theobroma is used as a tablet-excipient for substances which form masses of a pill-like nature with water, such as aloes and extract of cascara. Two modifications of this formula are recommended for use on occasion. (1) The use of a weaker alcohol when the granulation produced with the stronger alcohol is imperfect, in which case the ethereal solution of theobroma and alcohol should be added separately, as in the case of Tabellae Opii. (2) Reduction of the proportion of alcohol when an equal volume would produce a sticky mass, as in the case of Tabellae Cascarae Sagradae. In granulating with ethereal solution of theobroma the excipient should be added all at once to the substance or mixture contained in a mortar, trituration accomplished as quickly as possible, the mass passed through a No. 20 sieve, and set aside to dry.
The British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1911, was published by direction of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.