Chapman ¶ states that he found nothing so efficacious as the tincture of the root of Colchicum in doses of gutt. x. several times daily. He adds that he has seldom found it fail, and that the dose should be small, as the object is attained rather by gradual insinuation than by forcible impression.
Ticinus,** of Dresden; and he states that he has met with great success from its use. He gives exxv. - exxx. of the Vinum thrice daily, combined with Tinct. Opii, enjoining at the same time antiphlogistic remedies and the hot bath. In other inflammatory discharges from the Urethra in the male, and from the Vagina and Uterus in the female, he also found its use attended with signal benefit. Mr. S. Cooper * also states that he has found the Vinum Colchici useful in relieving Strangury, Ardor Urin, and irritable states of the Bladder. Sir B. Brodie found that a full dose of the Vinum Colchici (f3ss. - f3j.), taken at bed-time, is often effectual in preventing the occurrence of Chordee.
* Edin. Med. and Surg. Journ. Ixxi. p. 185.
Edin. Monthly Journ.. Aug. 1851. Mat. Med., vol. ii. pirt i. p. 163. § Cyc. Pract. Med., vol. i. p. 77.
|| On Inflammation of Mucous Membranes of the Lungs, 1820.
¶ On Diseases of the Abdominal Viscera, p. 299.
** Caspers Wochenschrift, Aug. 26, 1849.
932. For expelling Tape-Worms, Colchicum has been found efficacious by Chisholm and Baumbach.
Copland states that he has prescribed Colchicum in several instances with marked benefit. He has generally combined it with mild mercurials, or soap, or alkalies, or with Magnesia and the neutral salts, according to circumstances. It should be given in small doses, should be continued for a considerable time, and should be carefully watched. If there be much debility, or if it produce depression, it may be given with Camphor. It often, he adds, increases the biliary secretion in cases depending upon chronic inflammation or enlargement of the Liver, and promotes the resolution of the former, and a diminution of the latter morbid state.
Copland, § been so generally employed as it deserves. Its use should be preceded by cathartics; and, in order to be successful, it should be given in conjunction with stimulants and tonics, the Sesquicarbonate of Ammonia or Cinchona. He relates a case in which, thus prescribed, it produced unequivocal benefit.
Smith,|| but no reliance is to be placed upon it. It may, however, prove a useful adjunct when much vascular excitement is present.
936. In Hooping Cough, it is advised by Haden and others to be given with Magnesia, the alkaline carbonates, or anti-spas-modics. It may prove serviceable in the inflammatory stage, but it can hardly be considered safe as a remedy when the disease occurs in young children.
Haden with success; and Mr. Bullock¶ speaks favourably of it with alkaline subcarbonates.