Preparation.—Take of myrrh, in rather fine powder, 8 ounces; capsicum, in fine powder, 2 ounces; alcohol, 1 gallon, or a sufficient quantity. Form into a tincture by maceration, as explained under Tincturae, and make 1 gallon of tincture.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—This preparation, frequently termed Hot Drops, from its resemblance to a compound of similar composition formerly in use, is rarely employed internally. Occasionally, however, it is used in doses of from 1/2 to 1 fluid drachm, in sweetened water, in cases of nausea, gastric distress, especially after a hearty meal, flatulence, etc. Its internal employment is contraindicated when inflammation is present. It is principally used externally, when it proves an excellent local application to sprains, bruises, fresh wounds, cuts, rheumatism, offensive ulcers, etc.
Related Preparations.—Practically the same as the preceding is the TINCTURA CAPSICI ET MYRRHAE (N. F.), Tincture of capsicum and myrrh, Hot drops. "Capsicum, in No. 20 powder, thirty-two grammes (32 Gm.) [1 oz. av., 56 grs.]; myrrh, in moderately coarse powder, one hundred and twenty-five grammes (125 Gm.) [4 ozs. av., 179 grs.]; alcohol, water, of each, a sufficient quantity to make one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏]. Mix the powders with an equal bulk of clean, fine sand, and percolate them, in the usual manner, with a mixture of nine (9) volumes of alcohol and one (1) volume of water, until one thousand cubic centimeters (1000 Cc.) [33 fl℥, 391♏] of percolate are obtained. Note.—This preparation is known in some parts of this country by the old Thompsonian name 'Number Six'"—(Nat. Form.).
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.