Printed on ampoule: "2 CC 10 mg // INVESTIGATIONAL DRUG // diazepam // Vallum Roche // 2 CC = 10 mg // To Be Used By Qualified Investigator Only // Reg. Trade Mark // Hoffmann-La Roche Limited // Montreal, Canada"; "LOT 1 568"
It is injected intravenously or intramuscularly. Used to treat: anxiety, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, seizures, hallucinations, agitation
Also used pre-operation to induce drowsiness, forgetfulness and decrease anxiety.
From a class of drugs called benzodiazepines (which affect the central nervous system) it allows the brain to send inhibitory signals through the nerves to calm the body.
On exhibit at the Pump House Museum, Kingston, Ontario L-2017-4; 24 April 2017 – 28 Aug 2017.
Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Sedicin tablet box; square brown paper box (a) printed with green and white ink; product information, directions, medical ingredients, manufacturer's information printed with blue ink; brown paper seal on front; box is open on two sides, allowing white plastic square tray (b) to slide in and out; t…
Sedicin tablet box; square brown paper box (a) printed with green and white ink; product information, directions, medical ingredients, manufacturer's information printed with blue ink; brown paper seal on front; box is open on two sides, allowing white plastic square tray (b) to slide in and out; tray contains five white tablets
Number Of Parts
a - box - Size: Length 4.9 cm x Width 4.9 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
b - tray - Size: Length 4.7 cm x Width 4.7 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Transfer from the Dental Canada Fund; previously housed in the Dentistry Canada Museum (Ottawa)
(a) Printed on front: "SEDICIN // Sedative for Nervousness"; printed on side: "SEDICIN TO RELAX"; "SEDICIN AT BEDTIME"; printed on back: "SEDICIN // A sedative for the relief of nervousness, // restlessness and insomnia. // Each tablet [Illeg.] Mephenesin // 200 mg. [Illeg.] // ADULT DOS [Illeg.] Nervousness, 1 // tablet three times a day after meals at // least three hours apart. For insomnia, 2 // tablets fifteen minutes before retiring. // CAUTION: KEEP OUT OF THE REACH // OF CHILDREN. // Adrem Limited Toronto 16, Canada"; printed on seal: "For Your Protection // Pharmacist's Autho- // rization required for // Please take to Pharmacist"
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-3 Row E
Seal is broken; adhesive mark and ripped paper on back of box; plastic tray is yellowed
"Purpuric Eruption due to "Sedecin"", Norman M. Wrong, Canadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 68, 1953, p. 591
Dr Ralph and Mrs Olga Crawford donated their extensive Canadian dental collection to the DCF to create the museum in 1997; further donations were received while Dr Crawford was Curator Emeritus at the Dental Canada Museum until its closure in 2008.
A 1953 article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal states that Sedicin is sold by pharmacists without a prescription, and is advertised as a safe remedy for insomnia and nervousness; the author recommended the medication not be indiscrimately sold due to possible toxic effects, such as purpuric eruptions
On display “History of Psychiatry” at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa L-2018-2; 20 March 2018 – 31 Dec 2019
Printed on box: "Sleepex // REG'D ENRG."; "Bromure de Soude 1-20 gr. // Bromisovaleryluréa 3 gr. // Iode Peptonisé 1-100 gr. // Edifice SLEEPEX Building, Montreal"; "Sleepex, Nervous Sedative"; from attached circular: "A quick inducer to sleep"; "Helps relieve nervous insomnia caused by overwork, worry, nervous dyspepsia"; "Women suffering from excessive pain during menstruation may find in Sleepex a valuable relief."