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COCAINUM HYDROCHLORICUM ,An Alkaloid from Erythroxylon Coca

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An Alkaloid from Erythroxylon Coca

Besides the great usefulness of Cocaine as a local anæsthetic, it has specific homeopathic uses, though the symptoms are mainly clinical only.

Sensation as if small foreign bodies or worms were under the skin.

Mind.–Talkative. Constant desire to do something great, to undertake vast feats of strength. Cerebral activity. Frightful persecutory hallucinations; sees and feels bugs and worms. Moral sense blunted. Personal appearance neglected. Thinks he hears unpleasant remarks about himself. Hallucinations of hearing. Irrational jealousy. Insomnia.

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Head.–Throbbing and bursting sensation. Pupils dilated. Hearing greatly increased. Roaring and noises in head.

Eyes.–Glaucoma, increased tension, decreased corneal sensibility. Eyes staring, expressionless.

Throat.–Dry, burning, tickling, constricted, paralysis of muscles of deglutition. Speech difficult.

Stomach.–Loss of appetite for solid food. Likes sweets. Hæmorrhages from bowels, stomach.

Nervous System.–Chorea; paralysis agitans; alcoholic tremors and senile trembling. Local sensory paralysis. Formication and numbness in hands and forearms.

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Sleep.–Restless, cannot sleep for hours after retiring.

Fever.–Coldness with intense pallor.

Relationship.–Compare: Stovain (an analgesic, a vasomotor dilator). Antidote to disagreeable effects occasionally resulting from injection of cocaine into skin or gums, drop doses of nitroglycer. 1 % sol.

Dose.–Lower potencies. As a local application to mucous membranes, 2-4 %.

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