This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics Inorganic Substances", by Charles D. F. Phillips. Also available from Amazon: Materia medica and therapeutics.
When the dejections are frequent, serous or "watery" in character, especially if markedly alkaline, and if there be no evidence of acute inflammation and not much pain, then nitric acid acts well, and in cases of profuse purging from summer heat, and in the diarrhoea of phthisis, it has a deserved repute: if necessary, it may be combined with a small quantity of opium. In dysenteric diarrhoea with tenesmus, blood, and profuse discharge of mucus, nitric acid acts well. Dr. Hope had reason to prefer the dilute nitrous to the nitric acid; he gave 15-min. doses, with laudanum and camphor water, in most forms of diarrhoea and chronic dysentery, with much success. Dr. H. C. Wood found it succeed in some cases where nitric acid had failed: it is, however, unstable, and requires to be recently prepared.