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Atropine. To prevent spasms Hydrocyanic Acid, 1. In irritable ophthalmia Hysteria, 1. A cause Masturbation, 1. Often a cause Myotomy, Intraocular, 1. To relieve spasm Physostigma, 1. In the paralysis produced by diphtheria, and in senile asthenopia
Aconite. In spasmodic cases, also in asthma consequent on nasal catarrh in children
Alcohol, 1. In combination with amyl nitrite in spasmodic asthma
Alkalies, 1. In chronic bronchial Gatarrh
Alum, 3. 10 grs. of dry powdered alum put on the tongue will arrest a spasm
Ammonia Vapour, 1.
Amyl Nitrite. Sometimes checks paroxysm in spasmodic asthma and dyspnoea due to cardiac hypertrophy. Must not be given in chronic bronchitis and emphysema
Anaesthetics, 4. As a temporary remedy in severe cases
Apomorphine, 1. Emetic, where it is due to a peripheral blocking of the air-tubes
Arsenic, 3. In small doses in cases associated
with bronchitis or simulating hay fever, or in the bronchitis of children, or in dyspeptic asthma. Inhaled as cigarettes with caution. Asafoetida. As an expectorant where there is profuse discharge Belladonna. Internally in large doses to relieve paroxysm. It should only be administered during a paroxysm and then pushed Bromides. Only available in true spasmodic asthma; soon lose their efficacy Caffeine Citrate, 1. In low dose, 1-5 grs., which varies with the case Camphor, 1. Gr. ij. combined with gr. j. of opium in spasmodic asthma Cannabis Indica. Sometimes useful in chronic cases Chamois-Leather Waistcoat, 3. Beaching low down the body and arms; in bronchial asthma Chloral. During paroxysm Chloroform. Relieves when inhaled from tumbler or with warm water Coffee. Very strong during paroxysm Colchicum. In gouty cases Conium, 1. Palliative in a chronic case Counter-irritation, 1. Applied for a short time only at frequent intervals Creasote. Vapour in bronchitic asthma Datura. See Stramonium. Ether. In full doses at commencement of attack, or administered by inhalation Ethyl Iodide, 1. 15 to 20 drops inhaled will relieve spasm Eucalyptus. Sometimes along with stramonium, belladonna, and tobacco Galvanism of Pneumogastric Region. Positive pole beneath mastoid process, negative pole to epigastrium Gelsemium, 2. Useful in some cases, but after a time may fail Grindelia. To prevent or cut short attack; used as cigarette Hyoscine, 2. In spasmodic asthma Iodine, 1. Painting the line of the pneumogastric nerves with liniment or tincture in pure spasmodic asthma Ipecacuanha. As a spray in bronchial asthma, especially in children; useless in true asthma Lobelia. To prevent and cut short paroxysm.
Cautiously used in cardiac weakness Mercury, 1. In spasmodic and bronchitic asthma combined Morphine. Combined with Belladonna very useful Nitroglycerin, 1, 2, 3. In bronchitic, nephritic, and spasmodic asthma Nux Vomica. In dyspeptic asthma Opium. Hypodermically, during paroxysm Oxygen. As inhalation during paroxysm Pepsin. Exceedingly useful in preventing attacks in dyspeptic subjects Pilocarpine, 2. In spasmodic asthma, sub-cutaneously; also in humid asthma if there is no cardiac dilatation Potassium Bromide. Potassium Iodide. In large doses, when asthma due to acute bronchial catarrh Potassium Nitrate. Inhalation of fumes of touch-paper relieves paroxysm. Sometimes advisable to mix a little chlorate with it Pyridine. In bronchial asthma vapour to be inhaled Quebracho, 2. Good in nephritic and spasmodic asthma Quinine. During intervals when attacks are periodical Resorcin, 1. Relieves dyspnoea Silver Nitrate. Has been injected into trachea Sodium Arseniate, 1. Tonic, acts probably on respiratory centre
Sodium Nitrite. Like Nitroglycerin Sodium Phosphate, 1. Sometimes efficacious Stramonium. Sometimes very useful. May be made into cigarettes, or 20 grs. of dried leaves may be mixed with nitrate of potassium, and the fumes inhaled. A little powdered ipecacuanha may often be added Strychnine, 2. In weakness of the respiratory centre Sulphur Fumes., 1. In bronchitic asthma Tobacco. Smoking is sometimes beneficial Turkish Baths. In bronchial asthma
Arsenic, 2. Often useful, especially where there are cerebral symptoms
Cod-Liver Oil, 2.
Digitalis, 4. Requires caution; useful in general capillary atheroma
Phosphorus. In minute doses, along with cod-liver oil, in cases with cerebral symptoms
Quinine. Like Arsenic
Arsenic. In muscular atrophy
Alcohol. As wash to prevent; afterwards dust with powdered starch
Alum. "With white of egg, as local application
Charcoal. As poultices, to stop bed-sores
Galvanic Couplet. Of zinc and silver; one element on sore, the other on adjacent part
Glycerine. Prophylactic local application
Hydrargyri Perchloridum, 1. A solution mixed with diluted spirits of wine
Medicated Poultices, 1. Patient to lie with poultices under the parts likely to be affected; if foetor, cataplasma carbonis; if sloughing, addition of Balsam of Peru
Quinine, 1. Local dressing.
Silver Nitrate. Dusted over open bed-sores
Tannate of Lead, 1. At an early stage
Alkalies. In indigestion due to obstruction to the flow of bile
Alkaline Mineral "Waters, 2. In catarrh of the bile-duct, early stage of cirrhosis, and obstruction to the hepatic circulation