Cocaine Toothache Drops

  1. Nurses, did you know that in the US, cocaine was sold over the counter until 1914 and was commonly found in products like toothache drops, dandruff remedies and medicinal tonics?

    1885 advertisement of cocaine for dental pain in children

    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 9, '16
  2. Visit Brian profile page

    About Brian, ADN

    Joined: Mar '98; Posts: 15,432; Likes: 16,403 founder; from US
    Specialty: 18+ year(s) of experience in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele


  3. by   CYoungLPN
    Cool! Kinda makes sense lol
  4. by   Sun0408
    Oh yeah, it was used for a lot of things.. Didn't the early "coke" have coke in it LOL
  5. by   Sun0408
    Yep, it did....No wonder people back then were so happy

    when launched, Coca-Cola's two key ingredients were cocaine and caffeine. The cocaine was derived from the coca leaf and the caffeine from kola nut, leading to the name Coca-Cola (the "K" in Kola was replaced with a "C" for marketing purposes).[37][38]
    Coca – cocaine

    Pemberton called for five ounces of coca leaf per gallon of syrup, a significant dose; in 1891, Candler claimed his formula (altered extensively from Pemberton's original) contained only a tenth of this amount. Coca-Cola once contained an estimated nine milligrams of cocaine per glass. In 1903, it was removed.[39]
  6. by   CYoungLPN
    Lol drinking a coke right ironic
  7. by   AngelfireRN
    I remember hearing that. Didn't Merchurochrome actually have mercury in it as well? Or Merthiolate? Amazing the stuff we used to do and lived to tell the tale!
  8. by   Esme12
    Laudanum was opium as was Paregoric...those were the days....
  9. by   AngelfireRN
    My Mama used to tell me about Paregoric...I accused her of making it up! LOL
  10. by   workingharder
    I'm gonna have to talk with those Canadian pharmacies that keep emailing me about this.
  11. by   Sun0408
    Novacain and the epidural are also synthetic forms of cocaine too.. So it is still used in modern medicine.
  12. by   hiddencatRN
    We have liquid cocaine in our pyxis for nosebleeds. The doctor asked me to get some for a patient the other day and I was all "haha, that's funny" and the doc was all "no really, we use it all the time."
  13. by   nurseprnRN
    Nigh onto many decades ago we had little 5cc screw-top glass vials of 100% pure medical grade cocaine in the ICU for nasal intubation-- we put sterile Q-tips in it, then anesthesia jammed them up in the nose for elective intubations. Never reused a Q-tip, new ones only if more was needed.

    We were SUPPOSED to discard the leftovers ... but you know, if you let it evaporate ...
  14. by   CheesePotato
    Incidentally, cocaine is still sold over the counter in the U.S. And my teeth feel just fine, thank you. Coincidence? Perhaps.