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B.P. Pulvis Scaramonii Compositus. Compound Powder of Scammony. - Scammony resin, 4; jalap, 3; ginger, 1.
Action and Uses. - It increases the secretion of the intestines and acts as a drastic purgative. It is used as a derivative in dropsy and cerebral affections. It is also used, in combination with other drugs, as a vermifuge for tape-worm in children. It combines with the sodium in the bile, and its solution in bile is necessary to its action (Buchheim).