Peppermint Preparation

1. Aqua Menthae Piperitae (U. S. P.)—Peppermint Water
Oil of peppermint 2 ml
precipitated calcium phosphate 4 Gm.
distilled water, a sufficient quantity to make 1000 ml
Triturate the oil of peppermint with the precipitated calcium phosphate, add the distilled water gradually, under constant trituration, and filter"—(U. S. P.).
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.:
Peppermint water is used as an antispasmodic and carminative, in flatulence and flatulent colic, to allay nausea and vomiting, and as a gentle aromatic stimulant. The dose is from 4 fluid drachms to 2 fluid ounces, 3 or 4, or more times a day.

2. Spiritus Menthae Piperitae (U. S. P.)—Spirit of Peppermint
Oil of peppermint 100 ml
peppermint, bruised, 10 Gm
alcohol, a sufficient quantity to make 1000 ml
Dissolve the oil of peppermint in nine hundred ml of alcohol, add the peppermint, and macerate for 24 hours. Then filter through paper, and add, through the filter, enough alcohol to make the spirit measure 1000 ml -(U. S. P.). The purpose of adding peppermint is to give the preparation a green color.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage:
Tincture of oil of peppermint, more commonly known as essence of peppermint, is carminative and antispasmodic. It may be used in nausea, colic, flatulency, cramp, or griping of the bowels, etc. The dose is from 10 to 30 drops, on sugar or in sweetened water.

3. Trochisci Menthae Piperitae (U. S. P.)—Troches of Peppermint
Oil of peppermint 1 ml
sugar, in fine powder 80 Gm.
mucilage of tragacanth, a sufficient quantity to make 100 troches.
Rub the oil of peppermint and the sugar together until they are thoroughly mixed; then, with mucilage of tragacanth, form a mass, to be divided into 100 troches "—(U. S. P.).
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage:
These are carminative and antispasmodic, and will be found useful in sick stomach, slight pains in the stomach or bowels, flatulency, and griping from purgative medicines. If eaten too freely, they cause derangement of the stomach. Dose, 1 to 5 or more troches.

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