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26 February 2015

These tablet bottles are part of the museums collection.

The most recognised and infamous bottle of the three would be the Bex Tablet Bottle.

Bex was recommended for headaches, colds and flu, all nerve pains, rheumatism, and for “calming down” the overexcited.
Heavily promoted in the 50’s and 60’s as a safe way for housewives to “get through the day”. It took a newly arrived South African doctor in the 1960’s Pricilla Kinciad-Smith to recognise that these substances were addictive and that the large doses taken by habitual users was causing widespread kidney disease.
Over the counter medications were banned in 1977.

Ref: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/210448439
Saltose, was used to help prevent excessive perspiration causing heat exhaustion.

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