This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Sparteinae Sulphas. This alkaloidal salt is valuable in functional and organic heart disease, and especially so where digitalis fails or is contraindicated. In the irregular heart following grippe and marked by muscular weakness, it is very effective. It is potent as a diuretic, and is used in albuminuria. The average dose is 1-5 gr., but it may be used hypodermically in doses of 1-10 to 1/4 gr. Here it is of value in meeting the depression incident to the breaking off of drug habits.