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Below are the strongest indications of Digitoxinum in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.
Authority. Proving by Dr. Kopfe with one dose of 2 milligrammes at 10 A.M., Archiv f. Exp. Path. und Pharm., 3, 275.
After an hour it caused a sensation of faintness, nausea discomfort, and slight vertigo. The pulse remained as usual, 80 to 84, and was regular. Notwithstanding the unpleasant sensations, I continued with my work in the laboratory till one o'clock, after which I took a walk instead of going to dinner, for I had an aversion to every kind of food. The nauseous sensation gradually increased to such a degree that I was forced to make an effort to reach the house, in order to avoid vomiting in the street, yet I was in no condition to walk rapidly and steadily, for a decided sensation of weakness and loss of power rapidly increased, and forced me to take a carriage in order to gain my residence, some distance away. Having reached the house, I immediately went to bed. My pulse at this time (two o'clock) was 58, and intermitted once after 30 to 50 beats; in other respects it was regular. After an hour passed in bed, with constantly increasing discomfort, the tormenting nausea reached its highest point, and at half past three I vomited a large quantity of dark greenish masses of mucus. Immediately after, I experienced decided relief, which, however, lasted only a quarter of an hour, and gave place to the most excessive nauseous sensation. This continued to increase, until after an hour the vomiting was repeated violently, with the evacuation of bilious-colored masses of mucus, accompanied, preceded, and followed by retchings. The pulse at this time was very intermittent and only 40 to the minute; an intermission occurred after every two or rarely three beats. About quarter past five there were several very violent attacks of vomiting, with much distressing retching, great paleness and collapsed appearance of the face. About six the pulse showed the following tracing (No. 2), with a frequency of 40 to 42 in a minute. This tracing is in marked contrast to the normal; concerning the latter (Fig. 1), which shows the usual tricrotic pulse, attention is called to the fact that the second elevation is unusually great, and exceeds more than double the height of the first. The Digitoxin curve shows an intermission after every two beats. Every second elevation of a couple is noticeably smaller than the first, and makes a gradation to the following intermission. The pulse continued of the same frequency and of the same character into the night. The beat was felt by me in the chest, so that I could readily count it. Every intermission was recognized by the sensation of oppression and anxiety in the chest which it caused. With these symptoms the prostration and loss of power had so far progressed towards evening that I was not able to leave the bed without the support of another person. On attempting to walk or stand, my limbs refused their service. In spite of the greatest exertion of the will, the knees gave out and I was obliged to catch hold of the wall and furniture to support myself. With these symptoms, remarkable weakness of sight developed, so that the features of my friends seemed to swim and become indistinct, and I could only recognize them by their voices. All the objects in the room seemed to run together without any outlines, so that I could only distinguish some very dark, or bright, or large, or small images in the field of vision. Therewith all objects, especially all bright ones, seemed in a slightly yellow light. Above all, the constant and excessive nausea made my condition exceedingly distressing. About eight o'clock in the evening I attempted to take a glass of champagne cooled in ice, for the nausea, but after a few minutes, during which the nausea rapidly increased, I vomited a large quantity of a watery, slimy substance, slightly colored with bile, followed by much retching. On repeating the experiment after half an hour, I was obliged to set the wine aside, on account of the great retching which it caused. This distressing condition continued the whole night with equal intensity, and allowed me not a moment's rest. In the morning there had been four attack of vomiting about eleven, one, five, and eight, which were associated with persistent efforts to vomit and evacuation of mucus colored with bile. Immediately after an attack of vomiting, there was always relative relief for a short time. The same condition continued the whole of the next day with equal intensity, only actual vomiting did not take place, although the nauseous sensation did not leave me for a moment, and there were frequent attacks of ineffectual retching. Carbonated waters of all kinds and the usual drinking-water, from which I hoped for relief of this distressing symptom, had an opposite effect; they always aggravated it for some time. In other respects, as I had said, the symptoms remained the same. The pulse, whose every beat I was still able to feel and count in my thorax, and whose every intermission I was conscious of, from the sensation of uneasiness and a kind of slight praecordial anxiety which it caused, was very easily excited by the slightest excitement or physical exertion. During complete physical and mental rest, the pulse was 54 in a minute, and intermitted every few beats. The pulse-curve of this day (Fig. 3), showed at first sight great irregularity in every particular not only in the strength of the different contractions, as exhibited by the varying heights of the waves, but also in respect to the more or less hard character of the pulse, as shown in the more or less blunted waves, and also lastly, in the irregular wave following the beat, which is seen in the varying size of the intervals between the beats. The second night was very restless, with partial sleep, which was interrupted four times in one hour by confused anxious dreams and frightful fantasies. The third day, which I still passed in bed, was much more tolerable than the preceding, since the distressing nausea had moderated and I was able to drink a little water. The weakness of vision, however, still continued; and the yellow vision was in no wise diminished. The pulse continued through the whole day about 60, still very irregular, and intermitted every 40 to 50 beats. In the evening I attempted, though against my appetite, to eat some bits of bread, and did not vomit, as I feared. The following night was similar to the preceding, though more quiet, and with longer and more sound sleep. A part of the fourth day I passed out of bed. Subjectively I experienced much relief. Though I had no longing for food, eating was not repugnant to me, and from time to time I took a small quantity of meat and drank as much water as I pleased. The pulse had regained its rhythm, was weak and soft, and very seldom intermitted. After a sound sleep that night I began, on the fifth day, to take short walks, leaning on the arm of another. My power of vision had not yet returned, and all objects seemed in a yellow light. The symptoms gradually disappeared during the three succeeding days. With sound sleep and extraordinary appetite, my physical strength and normal vision returned, and objects appeared again in their natural light.
. Digitoxine. "Crystallised Digitaline" (of Nativelle). (Neither a glucoside, nor an alkaloid) C31 H33 O7. (The most active principle of Digitalis). Trituration.
Phlegmon. Suppuration. Vision, disordered Vomiting.
Digitoxin has been proved by Kopfe, who took a single dose of 2 millegrammes at 10 a.m. It began to take effect in an hour-faintness, nausea, and slight vertigo, which increased till he was obliged to hurry home at 1 o'clock to avoid vomiting in the street. But he was too weak to walk, and had to take a carriage. He went to bed immediately and remained in bed three days and part of the fourth. The pulse had remained regular and at the usual rate, 80 to 84, but at 2 o'clock was 58 and intermitting. Excessive nausea was constant and prevented sleep at night. Vomiting of dark greenish masses of mucus gave instant relief, which, however, only lasted a short time. The pulse went down to 42, intermitting after every two beats, the heart-beats and intermission being plainly felt in the chest. The limbs refused service in spite of the greatest exertion of will power. Sight became weak, faces of friends were indistinguishable, and he only knew them by their voices. Objects ran together without outlines, so that he could only distinguish some very dark or bright, or large or small images in the field of vision. Therewith all objects, especially all bright ones, seemed in a slightly yellow light. (This yellow vision was very persistent, lasting eight days; it may prove a keynote for this preparation of Digitalis.) The nausea continued more distressing and was aggravated by drinking champagne, aerated waters, and ordinary water. The second night was very restless with partial sleep, interrupted four times in an hour by confused, anxious dreams and frightful phantasies. In the evening of third day he was able, with effort, to eat a little, and did not vomit. On the fourth day he was up a little and felt better, was able to eat a little meat and drink as much water as he wished. On the fifth day he was able to walk out a little, leaning on the arm of another. During the three succeeding days the symptoms gradually disappeared. With sound sleep and extraordinary appetite, physical strength and normal vision returned. In some experiments made on dogs it was noted that subcutaneous injections were invariably followed with phlegmonous inflammation proceeding to suppuration.≡ show all authors ...
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Weak sight features of friends seemed to swim and become indistinct.
All objects in room run together without any outlines, could only distinguish some very dark or bright, or large or small images in the field of vision. Therewith all objects, esp. all bright ones, seemed in a slightly yellow light. (This appeared on the first day, was in no way diminished on third and fifth days, and did not pass away till the eighth.)≡ more ...
Oppression and anxiety in chest; heart-beats and intermissions plainly felt.
Pulse at first normal and regular, became later markedly slow, intermittent, dicrotic, and then tricrotic.
Pulse very easily excited by the slightest excitement or physical exertion.≡ more ...
Aversion to every kind of food.
Faintness, nausea, and discomfort.
Constantly increasing discomfort and tormenting nausea, ending in vomiting a large quantity of dark greenish masses of mucus. Relief was immediate, but lasted only a quarter of an hour, giving place to the most excessive nauseous sensation. An hour later vomiting was renewed violently, bilious-coloured masses of mucus, accompanied, preceded, and followed by retchings. Slow, intermittent pulse.
In evening attempted to take a glass of iced champagne, but the nausea increased rapidly and in a few minutes vomited a large quantity of a watery, slimy substance slightly coloured with bile, much retching followed.
Carbonated waters and ordinary drinking-water always aggravated the nausea.
Third day able to drink a little.
Sixth day extraordinary appetite.≡ more ...
Not a moment's rest on account of distressing nausea and weakness.
Second night restless, with partial sleep, which was interrupted by confused, anxious dreams and frightful fantasies.≡ more ...
Faintness; rapid loss of power.
Prostration; limbs refuse their service; cannot rise from bed without assistance.
(Phlegmonous inflammation going on to suppuration.)≡ more ...