(Alkaloid from Decomposition of Morphine by Hydrochloric Acid)
The chief power of this drug lies in the speedy and effective vomiting that it produces, which becomes a strong guiding symptom to its homeopathic use. The vomiting is preceded by nausea, lassitude and increased secretion of sweat, saliva, mucus and tears. Pneumonia with vomiting. Combined alcoholism, with constant nausea, constipation, insomnia.
Head and Stomach
Vertigo. Dilated pupils. Nausea and vomiting. Violent inclination to vomit. Hot feeling all over body, especially head. Empty retching and headache; heartburn; pain between shoulder-blades. Reflex vomiting-pregnancy. Seasickness.
The hypodermic injection of one-sixteenth of a grain will cause full emesis within five to fifteen minutes in an adult without developing any other direct action apparently. Do not use in opium poisoning. Apomorph hypodermically, one-thirtieth grain or less, acts as a safe and sure hypnotic. Acts well even in delirium. Sleep comes on in half an hour.
Third to sixth potency.
(An alkaloid obtained from Morphia, but containing one equivalent less of water─C17 H17 NO2 (Morphine is C17 H19 NO3). Solution.)
Clinical.─Alcoholism. Opium habit. Pregnancy, vomiting of. Sea-sickness. Vomiting, cerebral; reflex.
Characteristics.─Apomorphine contains the emetic properties of Opium. It causes very rapid vomiting, most rapid when injected subcutaneously. Vomiting without previous nausea. Drowsiness. Faintness. The peculiarity of the vomiting is its suddenness, completeness, and the absence of pain or continued nausea. It has been used with success in cases of sympathetic vomiting, and from pressure of a tumour on the brain. Halbert has given Apomorph. 3x with success in a desperate case of combined alcoholism and opism. The symptoms were constant nausea; constipation; insomnia; delirious headache; extreme emaciation; pronounced hysteria.
Relations.─Compare: Opium, Ipec., Ant. t., Cer. ox.