Properties : Lead acetate occurs as colorless or heavy white crystalline masses or granular crystals, having a faintly acetous odor and a sweetish, astringent, afterward metallic taste. It is freely soluble in water (1:2) and soluble in alcohol (1:30).

Incompatibilities : Solutions of lead salts are incompatible with carbonates, hydroxids, iodids, chlorids and sulphates.

Action and Uses: The chief internal use of lead acetate is as an astringent in diarrhea. It is rarely used for this purpose for fear of lead poisoning. It may be combined with opium in the form of a lead and opium pill.

Dosage: 0.065 gm. or 1 grain.