Meds from the Good Old Days

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  1. werewolf won

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    Some of the more torturous things we had when I was young. Tincture of green soap. This stuff is great for cleaning skin and instruments –before you cut into them—but to clean up a wound well mom might as well have poured a bottle of alcohol over the cut because containing 50% or more tincture of green soap is close enough.

    Phisohex soap—she used it on everything including her babies back then—today it’s known to be a poison in the concentrations that were sold in the good old days!

    Drawing salve- remember this near S&M torment? Looked like a black candle and you’d melt it with a match allowing the molten hot wax to drip onto the flesh, cover it with a band-aid as it cooled and rip the band-aid off a day later and hopefully tearing the splinter out with it. Wash the resulting burn wound with green soap for maximum effect. Lots of fun!

    Then the final torment. Skin your knee have it washed with green soap and then horror of horrors she’d paint on the red liquid straight from Hell mercurochrome. Again being mostly alcohol again she might just as well have avoided the green stuff and the red stain and gone straight for the real deal.

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    Ah!! Sweet child hood memories.

    At least I was born after the days when laudanum was sold at the grocery store :)
     
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    Ichthammol?
    It had a tar like smell?
     
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    I'll never forget the taste of Robatussin DM as long as I live. I know there are worse things, but I'd pretend to be well to get out of a dose.

    When I worked at the History Museum we had a tincture for headaches. The ingredients on the bottle included water, opium, and lead. But hey, it got rid of your headache.
     
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    Not sure how I would've survived childhood without iodine, Epsom salts, sassafras tea, and whiskey-I mean cough medicine.:4:
     
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    We still use drawing salve.

    The iodine and mercury stuff is behind us, but it never killed me either. :4:
     
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    My grandma would always give me aspergum. Sweet orange turned into sour aspirin quickly.
     
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    Asafoedita?

    Grandfather used "coal oil " for cuts, scrapes,etc. Think kerosene.

    Merthiolate was called monkey blood. Iodine was better.
     
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    I was going through our medicine cabinet the other day and was semi shocked to find a bottle of Swan brand iodine still there. Not sure how old it is, but the price tag on it was $0.98. LOL :) That stuff is about $5 a bottle now, I think. :eek:
     
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    Scrubbing a coarse washcloth soaked in rubbing alcohol "to remove the stones" was standard practice in my 6 to 9 year old youth until I quit running inside at an early age over a skinned knee.
     
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    Cod liver oil . Not sure what ailment if any, prompted mom to give us a dose of that stuff but man was it horrible . Turns out Mom was right as usual
    turns out it is a miracle drug .
     
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    and yet you lived.............................................whiners
     
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    Donnagel PG.....Imagine it pouring out of both ends and drinking the thickest milkshake you've ever had. And it was banana flavor. But it did work..and fast...if you could hold it down.
     
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    Think about it for a second. ...

    We didn't have nearly as many flesh eating bacterias then. Why? Because we washed with alcohol & other effective, painful but effective antiseptics.

    Now we can't even go swimming without a limb rotting off
     
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    You guys got the high dollar stuff. Around the house it was kerosene, turpentine, or "Mill" oil or red oil. joe
     
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    image.jpg This is the sh*t
     
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    Thanks, this brings back many memories
     
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    Mecurychrome(?) didn’t sting like Merthiolate.
    Paragoric(?) IIRC it was pretty much straight Codeine.
    Samen Salve. Good for a sore butt.
    Preparation H. The tube I have must be at least 40 years old....
     
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    When I was young, I recall mom giving us Coca Cola syrup. Seems it had cocaine in it. Worked good but mom quit buying it. Could explain a lot.
     
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    I have heard about some interesting things from some of the older nurses, like molasses and honey enemas, or giving a patient in a manic episode an extra soupcon of Thorazine in their apple juice, only to have them wake up 2 days later feeling much better, but hey we do that with Nozinan now. One of the best ones I heard is applying topical O2 to a wound to promote wound healing. Or what some people still use to clean wounds, and it makes me cringe, peroxide.

    My favourite was reading Dracula, where they give laudanum for most everything and give straight blood transfusions without having a clue about blood types. I don't think it was the bite on the neck that did her in. Even better is using heroin for morphine addiction, but heck we use methadone now.
     
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    Didn't they stop putting cocaine in it in the early 1900's? Maybe it was the caffeine and sugar?
     
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    Maybe he's really old
     
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    Or an old batch?
     
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    Yes, we have done a great job eliminating or severely reducing some of the big killers from our youths like Polio, TB, Small Pox etc and replaced them with EEE, Lyme’s, flesh eating bacteria, cancers, crazy allergies and the like. Traded one devil for another in some cases.

    We also have the problem of antibiotic drug resistance from over prescribing and improperly taking drugs; and I swear we over clean ourselves with all these antibacterial soaps and hand cleaners. Sometimes a little dirt in your life is a good thing.
     
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    When I worked at a city museum, we found a recipe book in the archives. It belonged to the city pharmacist from about 100ish years ago. It was full of super interesting concoctions. I wish I had photos.

    A totally unrelated picture (pardon the language.)
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    Back in 1967 in the army they would issue you a bottle of Terpin hydrate cough syrup . It was something like 10 percent codeine and 20 percent alcohol
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    Needless to say there were a lot of chronic coughers among the trainees .

    Another name for it was GI gin .
     

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