Tin of amyl nitrite capsules, London, England, 1910

Made:
1910 in London
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited
A675774, Small tin, contains amyl nitrite ampoules made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. of London, English 1910. White

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A675774, Small tin, contains amyl nitrite ampoules made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. of London, English 1910. White
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Small tin, contains amyl nitrite ampoules made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. of London, English 1910

Amyl nitrite, when inhaled, has the effect of relaxing muscles. It has primarily been used in the treatment of heart conditions, such as angina, by helping to reduce constriction of the coronary arteries. It has also been used as a muscle relaxant during childbirth. The brief euphoria that amyl nitrite can produce in the patient has led to its extensive use as a recreational drug.

A label on the bottom of this tin suggests that these particular capsules were made for the Ministry of Marine of the Turkish Government.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A675774
Materials:
paper and tin
type:
amyl nitrite, pharmacy (containers), pharmacy (drugs) and tins
taxonomy:
  • drug