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Anacin Analgesic Tablets

This is a box of Anacin Analgesic Tablets, used to treat “simple headaches and minor neuralgia”. They were also used for minor muscle aches, pain from tooth extraction, and menstrual cramps. The box still contains a few tablets that – due to age – have turned yellow and navy in color.

Dosage instructions consist of 1 to 2 tablets with water, and not to exceed 5 tablets per day. Active ingredients include acetophenetidin, aspirin, and caffeine.


This product was regulated by the U.S. Patent Office (and therefore post-dates the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906). There is a warning to consult one’s physician should the pain persist as well as a patent label on the tin. Beneath that patent is the company name and location: Whitehall Parhamcal Company, New York, NY, U.S.A

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