Cough – Predominantly loose, with coarse rattling of mucus, which is often difficult or impossible to raise. Bronchia and chest seem loaded with it. Seems as though a cupful would be expectorated with each cough, but little comes up. Aggravation – worse as the accumulation increases and when lying down.
Amelioration – better on expectoration and on sitting up.
Accompanied by – Yawning, dozing and sleepiness; cyanosis from carbonized air; twitching; short breath from suppressed expectoration; coarse rattling of mucus; hepatization. This condition calling for Antimon tart. may be found in la grippe, pneumonia, broncho – pneumonia, bronchiectasis, senile catarrh, capillary bronchitis of children, oedema of the lungs, atelectasis, emphysema and threatened paralysis of the lungs. It is especially found useful at both ends of life. (children and old age), though by no means confined there. It resembles most perhaps Ipecac (in children), but the noises (in Ipecac. ) from the mucus in the tubes is more of an asthmatic or wheezing nature. In the later state of broncho – pneumatic troubles when the cyanotic state, and the coarse rattling mucus do not yield to Tartar em., Carbo veg. follows well after it, and Sulphur or Lycopod. latter, to finish cure the case.
Antimon. tart. if there is much rattling (coarse rattling) of mucus which is difficult to expectorate especially if the child gets cyanosed from the abundant accumulation. When the child coughs, it seems as if a cup full of mucus would come, but it does not. Sleepiness or coma results. Expectoration relieves.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Antimon. tartaricum is often beneficial in the cases that become very loose and rattling, coarse rattling, with inability to expectorate; marked relief follows expectoration. Asthma.
Antimonium tartaricum is almost always loose cough with much coarse rattling of mucus, which is so abundant that the patient becomes cyanosed and cannot raise it. This is a serious condition and Antimonium tart. will often help. It is particularly found indicated in children and old people.