Preparation.—Take of resin of podophyllum, 20 grains; extract of leptandra, 80 grains; oil of sassafras, 1 fluid drachm; sugar, 6 ounces; mucilage of tragacanth, a sufficient quantity. Rub the sugar, resin of podophyllum, and extract of leptandra together until they are thoroughly mixed; then add the oil, and, with the mucilage, beat them into a proper mass for 480 lozenges.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Cholagogue, alterative, and purgative. Patients laboring under constipation, hepatic torpor, dysentery, or other diseases in which the above combination is desired or indicated, may use several of these troches a day, according to the effects which they produce. Each troche contains 1/24 grain of resin of podophyllum, and 1/5 grain of extract of leptandra; in ordinary cases, 12 troches used per day will maintain regularity of the bowels. If it be desired to have these lozenges more active, 40 or 60 grains of resin of podophyllum may be added for the same number.
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.