Cough syrup from 1888 with alcohol, cannabis, chloroform and morphine. You can’t be sick if you’re unconscious, eh?


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Cough syrup from 1888 with alcohol, cannabis, chloroform and morphine. You can’t be sick if you’re unconscious, eh?



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  1. A few years ago I had a really bad cold / flu. It was hitting my respiratory system hard, and I was coughing non-stop. Normal cough syrup didn’t work, and it was so painful I went to a doctor. He gave me cough syrup that had codeine in it.

    Cough went away in 10 minutes flat. So did all the pain. That was pretty awesome cough syrup 🙂 Best part was that it was a free sample he got from a drug rep, and he gave it to me for free!

  2. I mean, people died from really innocent sounding illnesses back then. If in your mind a cough was possibly lethal you would make sure you put up a good fight.

  3. *Nerd Alert*

    My boyfriend collects revenue stamps, advertising cards, wrappers, and licenses for match and medicine companies and through him showing me his collection I can confirm this is mild for the time lol.

    Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup was created in 1849 as a teething/soothing remedy for fussy babies. It had 65 mg of morphine per fluid oz. Needless to say, it killed many children and was denounced in 1911 by the American Medical Association for just that. That was 62 years of baby killing where people didn’t bat an eye. Nuts, right?

    That’s just one of many patented medicines he has but I always found that one pretty appalling. Also, I believe the UK still sold it until the 1930s sometime. Wtf???

  4. Sounds like the one I am usually prescribed. Codesan Comp. If I translate it right it contains:

    * Codeine

    * Ephedrine

    * Difenhydramine

    * Cocillana

    * 96% (192 proof) alcohol

    Finland, where if you are going to feel crappy, they would rather you don’t feel anything at all.

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