Requa's Charcoal Tablets

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Dyspepsia, bad breath, heartburn, headache, acid stomach, constipation, biliousness
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Date made
after 1912
Requa Manufacturing Company
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History


"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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