Chamberlain's Colic and Diarrhoea Remedy

Chamberlain's Colic and Diarrhoea Remedy

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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
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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid
Date made
after 1938
associated date
Chamberlain Medicine Company
Place Made
United States: Iowa, Des Moines
Physical Description
alcohol, 45% (drug active ingredients)
ether, 10.7% (drug active ingredients)
chloroform, 19 minums (drug active ingredients)
tri-chlor-tertiary-butyl-alcohol, 3 grains (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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Diarrhea Drugs
Infant & Children's Products - Pediatrics
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I found this after reading Wilbur Smith’s Blue Horizon, a book about Southern Africa in the 18th century. It mentions “Dr. Chamberlain’s Sovereign Diorrhea Remedy.” Assuming it is related. Thx
It is still in use in South Africa. I grew up with it. One smell of it will cure you. And if you are unfortunate enough to take it, you will taste it via gassy burps for hours after.
Echoing the above - also scouring all small pharmacies for a long lost bottle of this magical stomach muti. Had Kem-O-Dene for a while which was almost as good, bud sadly that has also disappeared from the market :( - Like the comments above, when it works like a charm and is affordable, it seems to be taken off the market willy nilly.
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
"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. "
The best remedy for stomach problems. Why is it discontinued?
Is this product still available?
"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. "

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