Requa's Charcoal Tablets

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Dyspepsia, bad breath, heartburn, headache, acid stomach, constipation, biliousness
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1912
Requa Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
charcoal (drug active ingredients)
tin (container material)
overall: 4 7/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 12.3825 cm x 7.9375 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Health & Medicine
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
Balm of America
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

11/11/2015 5:49:21 PM
Katherine Wagner
My Father had awful chest pains while in England during WW2. He was laid up for three days. A milatary doctor came in to find out the problem. After the check up he told my Dad, I've got just the thing for you Sam. He pulled out a blue tin and told my Dad to chew up these black large tablets. In about 10 minutes, the chest pains were gone. It was trapped gas in the chest. I have the same problem, at times and I'm never without my charcoal pills. Sometimes the old ways work the best.
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