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From: (Steve Dyer)
Subject: Re: Whats in Smelling Salts?
Date: 9 Jul 1998 03:41:48 GMT

In article <>,
Peter Capsis  <> wrote:
>Is there a pharmacologically active ingredient?

Well, it contains "aromatic spirits of ammonia", which is basically
ammonia dissolved in an alcohol/water mixture.  Is it "pharmacologically
active"?  Probably not.  The sharp smell of ammonia supposedly caused some
sort of vagal reflex when held to the nose, bringing people out of a faint,
but I suspect this was most effective in old movies.

Steve Dyer

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