Opium Pulvis

Pulvis Opii Compositus
Compound Powder of Opium

Take opium, in powder, 1 1/2 ounces (av.); black pepper, in powder, 2 ounces (av.); ginger, in powder, 5 ounces (av.); caraway fruit, in powder, 6 ounces (av.); tragacanth, in powder, 1/2 ounce.

Mix them thoroughly, pass the powder through a fine sieve, and finally rub it lightly in a mortar. Keep it in a stoppered bottle"—(Br. Pharm., 1885 and 1898). This contains the dry constituents of confection of opium, 10 per cent of the latter being present.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage: Used like confection of opium. Dose, 2 to 5 grains.

- from 1898 King's American Dispensatory by Dr. Harvey Wickes Felter and Dr. John Uri Lloyd