I have had stomach problems since I was a kid. When I was a kid I used to have many stomach problems with some dizziness and was prescribed this green clear liquid for what my Mother was told was for "nervous stomach" . It worked wonders. No one knows what it might have been. Thanks.
Bitter tasting? It might have been belladonna elixir.
It could be a number of things. Belladonna is a good suspect. It could also have been Paragoric. My mother used to give me Paragoric for stomach aches when I was a kid (I was born in 66 so we are talking late 60's to 70's). I remember it tasted so nasty!!! She used to put it in orange juice so I have no idea what the color was and it was nasty bitter so that it ruined me on orange juice for many years! lol But man, if you had a bad bellyache, it took the pain right away! I used to get really bad gripey stomachaches from nerves and illness when I was little. Hyoscyamine sulfate is another possibility-.it is one of the principal anticholinergic/antispasmodic components of belladonna alkaloids. It is used to relax muscles in the digestive tract. Donnatol elixir has hyoscyamine, phenobarbitol and scopalamine and could be a possibility as well. It would be hard to find out unless you could get access to old records but I doubt any records that old could be found.
If you know of an older pediatrician, you might be able to find out. Maybe Chuck 1957 will know as he is a retired pharmacy tech?
Okay about that time period the only thing i can think of in liquid would be couple come to mind not sure if still avalible but Donnatol liquid not even sure if its made anymore ask a pharmacy first the other that they might have would be Bentyl liquid this is still on the market and helps slow down stomach muscles of a nervous stomach, And also there is a chance it was something we made up
don't know how old you were than but they also had phenobarbital liquid and the last i remember it was green real tough this is all memory ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;as your doctor about these and see what with your symptoms are comfortable to prescribe..Chuck1957 retired pharmacy technician Cpht oregon.
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I am so grateful I've come across your question. I've had the same question for 35+ years! Was a really sickly girl with stomach ailments galore. Had persistent nausea and vomiting as a child due to what was called a nervous stomach and anxiety. The doctor prescribed a green, liquid medicine that would instantly make me feel better. My grandmother would always rely on it when I was ill. I don't remember it having a bitter taste. I've tried for years to find out what this was to no avail. Anybody have any ideas?
In the late 1950s and 1960s there was a frequent refrain in our northern Wisconsin home: "Lois! Get the Green Drops!! Margie (Bambi, Chucky, Beanie, Andy) has a belly ache (toothache, earache, side ache, etc etc)." Whatever our painful, nauseated, bruised, and bug bitten bodies suffered, we could ALWAYS count on Green Drops. They were served on a rounded teaspoon-tablespoon of cane sugar because both taste and smell were offensive. This was followed by a large glass of water. After ingesting the mysterious.
Green Drops and sugar I would lay down, apparently fall asleep, and ALWAYS awake refreshed and pain or bellyache free.
Years later I asked my mom, who still lived in the house we grew up in, if we had any of those Green Drops left. I found them where they were always kept. A small amount remained in the bottom. I examined the bottle of green glass with a green label. There was no U.S.P. mark on the bottle and most of the information was in Chinese. On the back at the bottom of the bottle in english it said: Ingredients: Alcohol 50% and Ether 50%.
It's no wonder it worked so well... it knocked all of us out!!
When I was a child I had taken the same meds. Green in color taste like a green sucker u would get in a banking the 70s. Not the ones now. But my question is. I have just been diagnosed with epilepsy and nonfocal seizures. It says one of the signs is stomach pains. I had seizures as a child was this given to children who had seizures then as well or no and again what might have been the name? Thanks
I bet anything it was Donnatal liquid. It was a dark green clear liquid. Am not sure they make it any more. I used it for irritable bowel and it really worked!
Back in the sixties, I was given a drop of liquid on the tongue everyday for nervous system issues. I was also a “blue baby” and very sickly as a child. I kept taking this elixir for years to stop fainting spells, etc. Years later I stopped on my own. When I asked my mom what it was, she said it was belladonna prescribed by a doctor who lived next door to us in Chicago. I once told a Dr. about this and he laughed and said, that’s impossible! You wouldn’t be able to function properly at home or school.
In the early 60’s I was diagnosed with a nervous stomach and was prescribed Donnatol, which I took throughout my grade school years. I still remember the smell and taste of it and the best way that I can describe it is, green NyQuil. To this day, when I HAVE to take NyQuil, I’m taken back to my childhood. I’m standing at my Mom’s white kitchen sink, she has a cup of water ready for me to drink after she gives me the heaping spoonful of “my stomach medicine”, after which I do the “nasty medicine groan” lol.
I also have wondered what the "green liquid" my doctor prescribed for stomach ache; said I had "spasm in cardiac opening of stomach" and gave me that and I returned to work. Have remembered his words about where my problem was, but not sure I read the name on the bottle.
Essence of Green Drops
It could have been HI FONG’s Tincture of Green drops. Came in a small bottle with a nose dropper wrapped in green paper. Tasted terrible.
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