This section is from the "A Handbook of Useful Drugs" book, by State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards.
Spiritus Aetheris Nitrosi.—Spirit Of Nitrous Ether, U. S. P., Sweet Spirits Of Niter.
A solution of not less than 4 per cent. of ethyl nitrite, C2H5N02, in alcohol.
Properties : A pale yellowish liquid having a fragrant ethereal and pungent odor and a sharp burning taste. It is miscible with alcohol or water. It rapidly deteriorates.
Incompatibilities: It is incompatible with acetanilid, antipyrin, potassium iodid and sodium salicylate.
Action and Uses: Spirit of nitrons ether is popularly used as a weak diuretic and diaphoretic. Its efficiency is doubtful. It is frequently prescribed in mixtures with other diaphoretics, notably the solution of ammonium acetate.
Dosage: 2 c.c. or 30 minims or half a teaspoonful.