Bromo Quinine Cold Tablets

Bromo Quinine Cold Tablets

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Usage conditions apply
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
Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid
date made
ca 1960-1970s
Bristol-Myers Company
place made
United States: New York, New York City
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
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Looked this product up as was advertised via the Bygolly old time radio show of Sherlock Holmes as it was a main sponsor back in the day along with Clipper Craft clothes. Can't beat the old timey radio show with Mr Basil Rathbone and Mr Bruce as Holmes and Watson.
This product took its place in my mom and dad’s medicine cabinet in bathroom of our modest home in the Midwest and was the “go to” medicine for lots of different ailments in the 1960’s. I remember dad reminding mom to not forget the Bromo Quinine during her next visit to the store. I even remember my uncle calling my mom and asking if we had any extra “BQ”. Part American Medical nostalgia. It did seem to help in some ways.
It figures it would be in a museum. I'm sure I've seen bromo quinine in the past 10 years on pharmacy shelves. This is the box it came what the flap. And it was a little pale green pill. Actually in the pill is bigger than regular aspirins and Bayer Aspirin. People also took this because of their reaction to aspirin.
This product poisoned people with bromism due to high content of bromine. That's why they quit selling it.
My Mom gave us this for colds during the 1960s. I recall it's small, pale green and very BITTER. We hated taking them! I too wonder if it could be used against Covid19.
I remember my dad giving these to use in the 70's. He would crush it up and put it on a spoon with a little water..
Nowadays a form of Quinine is touted as a treatment for CoroVir-19. Most common colds are Corona viruses of some sort or other. I wonder if that is why this stuff worked.
This product was a main staple in our home when I was growing up. I recently went looking for this product only to be told it was no longer made. I would love to see Bristol Myers Squibb remake this product just as they did in days gone by. They may find a lucrative market for this product re-introduction.
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.
I’m 63 years old and I remember Bromo Quinine in our medicine cabinet. It must have worked because my Dad lived to be 98 years old. We took it when we were kids, back in the 60’s through the 70’s.

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