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666 Cold Preparation

666 Cold Preparation

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Object Type
Drugs
date made
ca 1947
retailer
Sherman Pharmacy
maker
Monticello Drug Company
place made
United States: Florida, Jacksonville
Physical Description
cardboard (box material)
glass (bottle material)
plastic (cap material)
antipyrine, 10 grains/oz (drug active ingredients)
ammonium chloride (drug active ingredients)
magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt) (drug active ingredients)
citric acid (drug active ingredients)
Measurements
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
1985.0460.097
accession number
1985.0460
catalog number
1985.0460.097
Credit Line
Gift of Alan & Elaine Levitt
subject
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Laxatives
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Sherman Pharmacy, Sherman, New York
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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This is the worse thing in the world. I think the taste of it scared the cold away.
I remember this being in our medicine cabinet as a kid. If we had a bad cold or flu we got this. Then we were put to bed under a pile of blankets to “sweat it out”. Boy did we ever! In the summer we got a dose of Turpentine for worms, castor oil for a bad attitude (mama said that was caused by needing to clean our intestines out) oh the things our parents did to us. But I cannot remember going to the doctor as a kid except for earaches and I found out when I was 29 that had the doctor just removed my tonsils.... anyways I know my mama believed in triple 6 and I think they made iron supplement also. The pharmacy companies won’t ever bring it back, too many doctors would lose money and the pharmacy companies would too.
My Gma made us take this stuff, (if we stayed all night, and who didn't want to stay with Gma?) After all, biscuits, eggs & bacon, fried chicken and potato salad & greens for dinner! Cold pop & sandwiches for lunch. I too, never remember going to a Doctor when I was a kid, I'm 72 years young.) My mama gave us cod liver oil, yuk! GOD knows why, but we never really got sick. I miss the "good ole days"!
I’m 69 and remember my grandmother making me take it for a very bad cold or flu when I was 13. The next day I was good as new. Tasted horrible. Who ever mentioned using it with Vick’s salve was right. I wish they would bring it back!
Worked-Like-A-Charm.... Need to bring it back, it was the best thing going... You take it one night before bed, sweated it out with the addition of a good Vick’s Vapor Rub down, and felt like a champ the next day... Tasted horrible, but the after-effects were well work it... Used to put mine in the freezer to cool it down, and took it like a shot of liquor.... I wish I would have know it worked on dogs, would tried it on mine that passed.... Bring it back, or tell where some can be ordered....
I am 55 and my daddy gave me this when I was sick. I was just telling people at work about it and claimed it would probably work on the Corona Virus. It worked even though you spent a lot of time in the bathroom after taking it.
I’m 64 and I remembered in the 70’s being sick, down in the bed sick for three days, my grandma walked to the drug store to return with 666 tablets. Gave me two and best I felt. Went to work the next day. I was reserved with the name, but it is what comes out your mouth that is important.
I am 56 and how do I remember this product, I had to go on the internet to see that its in none of the pharmacy are stores, this stuff was great. Why was it pulled it worked not only for humans but dogs, that right dogs. Over twenty years ago I was told my puppy may not make it,, he had a illness called Pocmo, i maybe pronouncing this wrong, well lets just say when I took my dog to the Vet they wanted to charge me $45.00 a day to monitor him and informed he still may not make it. I sad no and would let him pass away in the comfort of my home with family. Well let me tell you, I got home thought about the 666 in my cabinet and thought why not. I mixed it with Pepto, water and placed in one of my child's bottle and squeezed it down his throat. Well got up the next day and noticed worms all on the bathroom floor that the dog passed. well let me tell you the dog lived for 14 years I knew he was well because he was now able to eat and that he did after not eating for over a week. I notified the Vet and informed him to what I had did and that the dog was back up running and eating. So this stuff works. Anytime I would hear someone tell me of there dog symptoms I would refer them to the three 666 and not to get caught up in a ridiculous vet bill for this illness. Please bring back
This medication was made with quinine. This ingredient was used to treat malaria and had horrible side effects. It was pulled from sales in the US more than 10 years ago.
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.
I'm 32 and my Great-Grandma used to give this to me as well. I would LITERALLY run and hide when I saw her with this bottle.
I'm 33, I remember my dad trying to mix it into water down lemonade to make it go down easier. After chucking that up I recovered pretty quickly. I also remember getting it form an old apothecary in Gaithersburg.
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!
Back in the late 70 I contracted legionaire disease I took one dose of 666 flu med with quinine was over the counter back then all better the next day
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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