Bromo Quinine Cold Tablets

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer, or as found in contemporary medical literature, are:
For sinus and nasal congestion, headache, feverish feeling, muscular aches and pain, temporary constipation
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1960-1970s
Bristol-Myers Company
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
caffeine 15mg. (drug active ingredients)
yellow phenolphthalein, 10 mg. (drug active ingredients)
Quinine hydrobromide, 25mg. (drug active ingredients)
acetaminophen, 100mg. (drug active ingredients)
salicylamide, 200mg. (drug active ingredients)
hydrochloride, 5mg. (drug active ingredients)
overall: 9.6 cm x 6.45 cm x 1.8 cm; 3 3/4 in x 2 9/16 in x 11/16 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 5/8 in; 9.525 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of C. Elbert Hoffman
Fever & Chill Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


I definitely remember these in our medicine cabinet while I was a child. I’m 74 now. I remember the unique sliding box opening. Mom, dad, and I took them for colds and flu—they were our go-to remedy. And they worked. They later became unavailable. I think that dad also took them for leg cramping, though am not sure about that.

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