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[*] posted on 25-9-2017 at 09:43


Quote: Originally posted by nitro-genes  
Speaking of common household drugs,

DMX, or Dextromethorphan containing coughing syrups are inmensly polpular here at the moment.


[Edited on 6-7-2006 by nitro-genes]

I believe it's usually abbreviated DXM (like DeXtroMethorphan), although maybe it's a regional thing.

As for obscurity, when it comes to sore throats, I swear by Chloraseptic, which uses phenol as a local anesthetic (compounded by the fact that it is also an antiseptic). I was quite surprised to find the anesthetic use of phenol when I first found it in a store. Might not be as healthy as benzocaine or lidocaine, but it certainly works well.

EDIT: I just remembered another thing that happened a while ago. I have pretty severe restless leg syndrome, and a family member decided to gift me some sort of homeopathic "remedy" to help with general restlessness. Its primary ingredient was "zincum metallicum", which I'm pretty sure is pure zinc metal, but it came in tablet form so I can't be sure. Homeopathic medicine never ceases to amaze me with how it seems to actively ignore any scientific evidence. It would be far cheaper and healthier to replace the zinc with iron, since restless leg syndrome (and often general restlessness) is linked to ferritin deficiencies, but noooooo, they just have to avoid real evidence, no matter the literal cost.

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[*] posted on 16-10-2017 at 12:30
Mallinckrodt Ether


Quote: Originally posted by Dr.Bob  


Years ago I had some small metal cans of ether for anesthesia from Mallinkrodt. Not sure where they ended up.


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[*] posted on 16-10-2017 at 12:38


Quote: Originally posted by CRUSTY  



[Edited on 6-7-2006 by nitro-genes][/rquote]


As for obscurity, when it comes to sore throats, I swear by Chloraseptic, which uses phenol as a local anesthetic (compounded by the fact that it is also an antiseptic). I was quite surprised to find the anesthetic use of phenol when I first found it in a store. Might not be as healthy as benzocaine or lidocaine, but it certainly works well.


[Edited on 25-9-2017 by CRUSTY]


Interestingly Chloraseptic brand only uses phenol in their throat spray formulation and not in their lozenges. The latter of which indeed utilises benzocaine ;)

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[*] posted on 16-10-2017 at 15:33


I loved chloraseptic as a kid. still do actually
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[*] posted on 16-10-2017 at 17:53


I bought a can of ether from Mallinckrodt when I was in high school and working as a biology assistant they gave me their old catalog in which I ordered stuff from. The can had the same type of domed plastic cap and skinny neck. It was a pound can I think entitled "Ether for Anesthesia". After puncturing the metal seal and capping it, you could still faintly smell the ether so I kept it outside in an old dog house.

Something like this.
http://www.anesth.hama-med.ac.jp/Anedepartment/m-mallinckrod...


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[*] posted on 19-10-2017 at 11:01


Quote: Originally posted by Morgan  
I bought a can of ether from Mallinckrodt when I was in high school and working as a biology assistant they gave me their old catalog in which I ordered stuff from. The can had the same type of domed plastic cap and skinny neck. It was a pound can I think entitled "Ether for Anesthesia". After puncturing the metal seal and capping it, you could still faintly smell the ether so I kept it outside in an old dog house.

Something like this.
http://www.anesth.hama-med.ac.jp/Anedepartment/m-mallinckrod...


[Edited on 17-10-2017 by Morgan]


Same part number Mallinckrodt: 0804, the picture in your link is from the 80's whereas I believe the image I posted was from quite a bit earlier. 50's-60's I would guess. I will have to check the expiry next time I am over at Mayo ;)

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[*] posted on 19-10-2017 at 17:31


Quote: Originally posted by methyl_ethyl  
Quote: Originally posted by Morgan  
I bought a can of ether from Mallinckrodt when I was in high school and working as a biology assistant they gave me their old catalog in which I ordered stuff from. The can had the same type of domed plastic cap and skinny neck. It was a pound can I think entitled "Ether for Anesthesia". After puncturing the metal seal and capping it, you could still faintly smell the ether so I kept it outside in an old dog house.

Something like this.
http://www.anesth.hama-med.ac.jp/Anedepartment/m-mallinckrod...


[Edited on 17-10-2017 by Morgan]


Same part number Mallinckrodt: 0804, the picture in your link is from the 80's whereas I believe the image I posted was from quite a bit earlier. 50's-60's I would guess. I will have to check the expiry next time I am over at Mayo ;)

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[*] posted on 1-11-2017 at 02:30


When I was a kid growing up in WV we used to buy dynamite at the feed store.
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[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 09:17


When we moved we found some cleaning products in the basement. There was a couple of bars of Carbolic soap and a bar of Coal tar soap. Also was some stuff in a carboard tube, the writing had long gone, buts its slightly abrasive and removes just about anything I ever managed to burn on glass ware.

its got blue bits (granules in it), so must be safe eah.
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[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 11:32


Quote: Originally posted by Mr. Rogers  
When I was a kid growing up in WV we used to buy dynamite at the feed store.

Were you feeding dragons?
Meanwhile, back at the topic...
Give the history of pharmacology, if you pick any drug produced in the last 50 years or so, and wait, you have a really good chance of choosing one that is not longer in use 20 years on.
The really old ones like morphine and penicillin are still going but plenty of others have gone out of fashion.

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