I thought scopolamine was a truth drug from the late 60's early 70's, the name is used in a few spy and adventure war movies of that time ??
Nah, Sodium Pentathol (thiopentone) is known as the truth drug. Actually very unreliable because while it may make the patient say things, they are not neccessarily true!
I am deperately trying to remember scopolamine. I think it was derived from the Deadly Nightshade, not sure*. The sequence of events used to be the patient was given a so-called 'pre-med' consisting of, usually, Omnopon (a narcotic) with scopolomine intra-muscularly, about an hour before going to theatre. This prepared the patient to receive the anaesthetic and made them calm and drowsy. The scopolomine dried up secretions, giving an unpleasant dry mouth but reducing the likelyhood of developing pneumonia. Then they were taken to theatre where they were given sodium pentathol intravenously to induce unconsciousness and were maintaned at the desired level of consciousness by a gas, such as halothane. They also had a dose of curare which parylised all their muscles, including the muscles of respiration, so the anaesthetist would keep them alive by ventilating them through a Boyle's machine.
Using scopolamine to treat a productive cough makes sense as it will reduce the amount of sputum produced in the bronchial tree. It is dangerous, so do not be tempted to go out and suck a Deadly Nightshade plant. Get it from a pharmacist.
*Although, the more I think about it, the more confident I get.
Bugger, just checked, I can't take that otherwise it sounds perfect.
Someone did mention garlic elsewhere so I'll be stuffing my face with garlic bread, garlic infused cheese and pizzas with garlic all weekend.
Silly question... without disecting the ingredients, why can't you take them?