Related entry: Belladonna.—Belladonna
(Modern shorthand: 1:6.67 41 %)
SYNONYMS: Tincture of belladonna, Tinctura belladonnae (U. S. P., 1880).
Preparation.—"Belladonna leaves, in No. 60 powder, one hundred and fifty grammes (150 Gm.) [5 ozs. av., 127 grs.]; diluted alcohol, a sufficient quantity to make one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏]. Moisten the powder with two hundred cubic centimeters (200 Cc.) [6 fl℥, 366♏] of diluted alcohol, and macerate for 24 hours; then pack it firmly in a cylindrical percolator, and gradually pour diluted alcohol upon it, until one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏] of tincture are obtained"—(U. S. P.).
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This tincture possesses all the virtues of belladonna, when prepared from the leaves, recently dried. The dose is from 5 to 10 drops. The imported leaves are of such uncertain strength that a tincture made from the alcoholic extract would be more trustworthy. Its uses are those of belladonna.
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.