Locock considers that, in the atonic forms, the Sulphate of Zinc is more easily managed than Steel medicines, and that in many instances it proves more useful. Dose, gr. j. - ij., in the form of pill, thrice daily,
2860. In Flatulence, flatulent Affections of the Bowels, especially of the Colon, and in Constipation, Dr. Strong ably advocates the use of the Sulphate of Zinc, thus combined: - ℞ Zinci Sulph. gr. xviij., Pulv. Opii gr. iij., Mucilag. q. s. ft. pil. vj. Of these, one is to be taken four or five times a day, immediately after a meal. When the stomach can dispense with the Opium, he substitutes Ext. Gent. or Pulv. Rhei. After gr. xv. - xx. have been taken, vomiting generally occurs: this Dr. Strong regards as favourable, as showing that the colon has resumed its healthy calibre (?). He adds, that he has persevered in this treatment for a considerable period, not only without any ill effect, but with decided benefit.
2862. In Cynanche Tonsillaris, when the abscess is so situated that it cannot be opened by the lancet, it has been proposed to administer an emetic; under the exertion caused by vomiting, the abscess will often burst, and discharge itself. For this purpose, no emetic is better than the Sulphate of Zinc (gr. xx.). An emetic at the very outset of the disease often removes the symptoms altogether.
x.), well incorporated in honey (oz. ss.), is a very useful topical application.
gr. j. ad Aq. fl. oz. j. - fl. oz. ij., is very serviceable. In the Ophthalmia of adults, it may be employed stronger (gr. j. - iv. ad Aq. fl. oz. j.). The addition of Liq. Plumb. Diacet. improves its efficacy.
* Med. Zeitung, 1855.
Oyc. Pract. Med., vol. iii. p. 109.
Edin. Med. Surg. Journ., No. cliii. p. 403.
§ Lond. Med. Phys. Journ., vol. ix.
Pretty* advises the nostrils to be injected with a solution of the Sulphate of Zinc (gr. iij. ad Aq. fj.), once or twice daily. He states that he has often used it with the effect of cutting short the attack.
2866. In Gonorrhoea, in the third stage, a very useful injection is a solution of the Sulphate (gr. x. ad Aq. fl. oz. viij.); Liq. Plumb. Diacet may be advantageously added. (See Zinci Acet.). Prof. Sigmund regards it as more effectual than any other remedy. In Leucorrha and Gleet, the same injection may also be employed with advantage.
ad Aq. Oj.) was the injection generally used by Sir Astley Cooper, after the evacuation of the fluid. It has, in a great measure, been superseded by solutions of Iodine (which see).
2869. In some Chronic Skin Diseases, a solution is occasionally employed as a stimulating application. In Acne Punctata vel Follicularis, the following mixture, recommended by Dr. A. T. Thompson, forms a useful adjunct to other treatment: - Zinci Sulph. gr. xxiv., Liq. Potassae f3iij., M. Dose, gutt. xxx. in water, twice daily. In Ringworm, Mr. E. Wilson § advises a Sulphate of Zinc Ointment (3j. ad Cerati j.); and a similar ointment he found useful in Ichthyosis. In Syphilitic Eruptions, baths containing ij. of the Sulphate are well spoken of by Dr. Fricke.||