Tin of Silbe tablets for asthma, Hatfield, England, c.1969-1971
These tablets treated chest complaints such as asthma, bronchitis and hay fever. They were made by Hertfordshire-based Silten Limited. The tablets cost 22 ½p around 1970. They are typical of a huge range of relatively cheap treatments that were available ‘over the counter’ at pharmacists for many years.
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A common condition in which the airways go into spasm and become constricted. It causes wheezing, coughing and difficulty in breathing. It is often a reaction to hypersensitivity, but can also be triggered by exercise or stress.
Also known as a pill, it is made by compressing a powdered form of one or more drugs. It is usually taken by mouth, but may be inserted into a different body cavity.
Glossary: respiratory disease