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Bottle for Pulverettes of Phenacetin, London, England, 1890-1940

This clear glass bottle contains Pulverettes of Phenacetin. It was used for neuralgia and migraine. Phenacetin is an analgesic. This is a painkiller and fever reducer. It acts on the central nervous system. Phenacetin was first used in 1887. It was used extensively in ‘over the counter’ medications. This example was produced in London by chemist Oppenheimer, Son and Company Limited. The drug was withdrawn from the US market in 1983 because of suspected links with kidney disease.

Object number:

A656894 Pt9

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Glossary: bottle

Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

Glossary: neuralgia

Spasms of pain which extend along one or more nerves.