Laudanum

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Title

Laudanum

Description

This bottle contains a dark brown liquid.

Probably one of the most well-known medicinal substances of the 18th and 19th centuries, laudanum was largely composed of opium and alcohol. It was commonly used as a sedative but was also prescribed as an anti-diarrheal medicine. Due to the opium content, it was a highly addictive substance.
The Pharmacy Act of 1868 required opium to be listed as a poison and had to be acquired from a certified druggist.

Date

19th century

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Citation

“Laudanum,” RCPE Artefacts, accessed December 15, 2019, http://artefacts.rcpe.ac.uk/items/show/685.