Father John's Medicine
|Father John's Medicine|
4½ fl. oz. bottle of Father John's Medicine (c. 1925)
|Medical Claims||"A reconstructive tonic in Coughs, Colds, Spasmodic Croup, Bronchitis, Asthmatic Coughs and for Building Up the System."|
|Creator(s)||Named for Father John O'Brien, formula from his unnamed physician|
|Vendors||Carleton & Hovey Co.; Father John's Medicine Company|
Father John's Medicine was a cod liver oil tonic, manufactured and sold by Carleton & Hovey Co. (later rebranded Father John's Medicine Company) of Lowell, Massachusetts, reputedly based on an 1855 formula preferred by Father John O'Brien, the tonic's namesake. A modern formulation of the same name, now containing dextromethorphan (DXM), is manufactured by the Oakhurst Company (Woolfoam Co.) to this day.
The formula has been provided as a mixture of cod liver oil, gum arabic, glycerin, with licorice and sugar water.