Chamberlain's Colic and Diarrhoea Remedy

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
For the relief of pain in the stomach and bowels, colic, intestinal cramp, diarrhea
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1938
associated date
Chamberlain Medicine Company
Physical Description
alcohol (drug active ingredients)
ether (drug active ingredients)
chloroform (drug active ingredients)
tri-chlor-tertiary-butyl-alcohol (drug active ingredients)
paper; cardboard (packaging material)
glass (container material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 2 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 16.51 cm x 5.3975 cm x 3.175 cm
Place Made
United States: Iowa, Des Moines
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Diarrhea Drugs
Infant & Children's Products - Pediatrics
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
Health & Medicine
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
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

11/14/2012 1:05:49 PM
D. Rhine
Is this product still available?
7/16/2013 3:08:51 PM
National Museum of American History
It is my understanding that the product is not currently available. Chamberlain's Colic and Diarrhoea remedy was first introduced ca. 1882 in Des Moines, Iowa by Davis and Izanna Chamberlain.
7/19/2013 10:07:38 AM
A bottle of "Chamberlain's Traditional Colic Remedy" was given to me recently by a Sth African friend. It is being produced in SA by Pfizer and the bottle I have is in date, i.e., produced 07 2008, Exp 07 2010. The compounds are: Chlorobutanol, Ether, Blackberry Root and Ethyl Alcohol. Hope this helps. My friend swears by its curative efficacy for gastrointestinal complaints.
3/9/2016 4:10:34 AM
The best remedy for stomach problems. Why is it discontinued?
7/19/2013 10:43:35 AM
My grandmother used to force this stuff on my sister and self in the 1950's. It was sold at the Rexall Drugstore in Butte Montana. The true test of whether we were sick enough to stay home from school was our willingness to take this "nostrum". The ether would cause immediate vomiting.
9/16/2015 9:11:59 AM
Most probably the best medicine for instant relieve of cramps. It just cannot be used when there is a history of ulcers. In SA it is bottled under Lennons and I always keep a bottle in the medicine box.
10/23/2015 8:25:59 AM
Sharon Hoover
As a child when I would get really sick experiencing nausea, diarrhea vomiting & a temperature, my grandmother would mix up Chamberlains with warm water & give it to me I would then be able to fall asleep rest & wake up feeling 100% better. I am a Senior Citizen now & every time I get sick or one of my children or grandchildren gets sick I wish zI could find some Chamberlains. I have never found anything else that would even compare to the results I received from taking this medication. I don't know why it was ever discontinued.
10/19/2016 8:12:30 AM
Mariaan Erasmus
The best. Please bring back. Medication that is really effective is being discontinued all the time. Why, why, why. Then we end up with the most ineffective stuff to use. Please bring back.
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