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Scammonium | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

Scammonium

Scammonium | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

Convolvulus scammonia. Scammony. N. O. Convolvulaceae. Triturations of the dried milky juice of the root.

Clinical : Diarrhoea. Gastro-enteritis.

Characteristics : SCAMMONIUM is a drastic cathartic, producing copious watery evacuations, and griping a good deal. Sprengel records a case of fatal poisoning in an infant whose mother took a large quantity of SCAMMONIUM, and herself suffered no effects. Scam. must be compared with Jalap., another purging convolvulus.

SYMPTOMS.

11, 12. Stomach and Abdomen : Sudden vomiting and copious green stools, distension and sensitiveness of abdomen and death (in an infant whose nursing mother took a large dose of SCAMMONIUM and herself experienced no symptoms).-Slight pain in stomach with evacuation of faeces.-Violent pain and rapid succession of stools, leaving inactivity of lower intestines for several days.-Inflammation of mucous membrane attended with loss of appetite and headache.

13. Stool : Loose evacuation of faeces with slight pain in stomach.-Green stools.-Rapid succession of stools.

Scammonium | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

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