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.
In these disorders, especially when the eruption is scanty or suppressed, antimony may be useful by determining to the skin, and thus relieving the febrile condition and obviating grave symptoms.
I have given tartar emetic in small-pox in varied doses, but have never known it exert a modifying influence on the disease itself. In certain complications, however, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or acute delirium, doses of 1/16 to 1/4 gr. every two or three hours, have given relief.
Antimony is exceedingly useful in the bronchial catarrh which is often a serious complication of measles: besides controlling the general pyrexia, it relieves the oppression of the chest, acts as an expectorant, and tends to diminish a too abundant secretion of mucus, probably by lessening congestion.
If 1/2 gr. of tartarated antimony be dissolved in 4 oz. of distilled water, a teaspoonful may be given frequently or occasionally, according to the severity of the cough or the oppression. In the case of weakly children, the amount of depression which may be induced requires to be carefully watched.
"Worm Fever." - In remittent pyrexial conditions dependent upon intestinal worms, I have found small doses beneficial, but the emetic action of the drug, as a rule, is undesirable.