666 Cold Preparation

666 Cold Preparation

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Aids in relieving distress and discomforts of colds by its fourfold action -- as an analgesic, as an antipyretic, as an expectorant, and as a laxative. For relief of coughs, simple headaches and neuralgia, muscular aches, pains, and reducing fever due to colds.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Object Type
date made
after 1938
Sherman Pharmacy
Monticello Drug Company
place made
United States: Florida, Jacksonville
Physical Description
cardboard (box material)
glass (bottle material)
plastic (cap material)
antipyrine (drug active ingredients)
ammonium chloride (drug active ingredients)
magnesium sulphate (drug active ingredients)
citric acid (drug active ingredients)
box: 6 5/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 16.8275 cm x 6.0325 cm x 4.1275 cm
bottle: 6 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 15.875 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Alan & Elaine Levitt
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Sherman Pharmacy, Sherman, New York
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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Age 77 and have used 666 from early childhood. I know that 666 is better than any flu shot. I wish there was a way I could get it back on the market to help seniors like me survive the colds we are subjected to. I hope someone who can will restore it to the store for sales.
I am 84 in fairly good health. I am convinced that being forced fed this poison is a factor in my current longevity. When swallowing this toxic mixture. at age 8, my body went into shock emergency mode...except the heart other major body parts would shut down...great stuff the only other real cureall ever made by man or God.
Lol. I’m 60 and definitely remember that stuff and it was the only thing that ever killed our hacking coughs when we were kids. You’re so right about your body feeling the shock factor, it was real! The day we came home from church and told Mom that 666 was the sign of the devil, she just laughed at us. Needless to say...that and several other dozen excuses got us out of a dose.
I'm trying to understand why a great OTC medication has been pulled from every pharmacy shelf??? With the ridiculous cost of health care and prescriptions we need reliable medications that are also affordable. I just wish it would be returned to the shelves....also Buckleys which was snatched from shelves 15 or more years ago.
You can find Buckleys on Amazon.
I remember hallucinating after taking this medication. The name speaks for itself. Glad we survived.
What happened to 666? I have early childhood memories of our medicine cabinet 666, Father John's and Castor Oil. No memories of the doctors office! Bring it back!
I found a bottle in the kitchen cabinets. When i asked my parents became very upset about my discovery. Put it back! They screeked at a pitch that marked me for life. I had to consult other people as an adult to find put this dreaded medicine of last resort. I'm sick in bed right now. I wonder.........
This product was a staple in my home. Just before the winter got really cold, we had a “ med” day, It was a dose of 666, castor oil, or cod liver oil. You picked your poison. I always opted for the 666. It made me quiver, break out in chills, but was most effective. My mother gave us a orange wedge to kill the taste, which never worked.
As a senior in college I contracted the worst case of flu I ever had...fever, headache, muscular aches and pains, cough...you name it, I had it....everything except diarrhea....my grandmother gave me 4 tablespoons of 666....tasted like kerosine....20 minutes later it hit me like a runaway semi...vomited and defecated for the next 12 hours...the cure almost killed me....but I was back to normal the next day....great stuff if it doesn’t kill you...!!!
Back in the 70s when people WERE DYING from Swine flu, Our mother used 666s to treat my baby sister for 2 weeks. She was down hard, but that tonic took care of business!
Bring it Back!!!! Please, this product works. Nasty but works.
I agree with the above comment, but I'd go one step further to say it was made by satan, for satan; but the stuff worked. My mom and dad used to give it to my brother and I when we were kids also. It worked when nothing else would. That, along with raw onions wrapped in a handkerchief placed around our foreheads for fever, and Vicks Vapor rub on our chest and throats. We smelled like a cross between a medicine chest and a sub shop! LOL I can't find it anywhere in Baltimore, or online. These new products on the market just don't work as good as those three sixes.
Why the name 666?
Why can't I find 666 cold preparation. It worked wonders for a cold.
This stuff is a miracle drug. My grandmother used to give it to us as children. It tastes like dish soap, but is very effective for all sorts of ailments.
You can probably find some out in small cornerstores in the country. I live in SC, and where my parents are from (small country town) , I am still able to purchase it. Heard it used to taste horrible, but it tastes great these days.
Reading my grandfather's journal from 1921 where in he stated that he purchased 666 medication from a pharmacy in South Carolina for severe headaches since no doctor was available to see him.
666 must have been made by satan himself. My parents gave this to my Brother and I when we had colds. It is the worse thing I have ever tasted. It was a very popular cold remedy. I just read it also had a laxative effect. It's a wonder were survived childhood back then..

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