Terpin Hydrate with Codeine was a popular cough medicine from the late 1800s until the mid 1990s. It is no longer available in the United States because the FDA banned it on the grounds that it had not been proven effective. It was used for coughs and colds, chronic bronchitis and such.
One of our customers (a doctor!) has pointed out to us that the FDA might have been wrong - it was very effective. Here's what she told us:
Terpen Hydrate (even without the codeine) kills
a cough so quickly, all I had to do was to shake the bottle in front of
someone to literally scare the cough away! But this stuff tasted
DISGUSTING! I think that's the reason why it was such an effective cough
This label of the once over-the-counter medicine reads:
ELIX. TERPIN HYDRATE & CODEINE, N.F. Each fl. oz. contains Codeine (Opium derivative) 1 gr. WARNING MAY BE HABIT FORMING. Alcohol 38 to 42%. DOSE-Adults, 1 teaspoonful every 3 or 4 hrs. Take only when needed and not continuously. IMPORTANT-Persistent coughs may indicate the presence of a serious condition. Do not use this preparation when the cough has persisted for 10 days without securing competent advice. NET FL. OZS. PACKED BY LAWS DRUG STORE Prescription Specialists 221 S. Fifth St. Columbus, Miss. Phone FA 8-3456
The fluid ounces and pharmacist's name were left blank to be filled in upon filling the prescription. These are gummed seals, so they must be moistened before using. We suggest that you use a sponge or moistener as these are vintage. Some may require a touch of paste or glue to help them stay put.