what was the drug vitriola in the 1400's rome?
it was referred to in the show The Borgias....the pope was addicted to it.
- TuggerJLv 67 years agoFavorite Answer
It is concentrated sulfuric acid. I found it in a medical dictionary, so it is/was prescribed. Interestingly, the page asks "where did you hear it" and all the answers are Borgia.
There was also something called Blue Vitriol, which is a copper sulfate pentahydrate. It has a variety of uses in the garden and used to be use as an emetic (something like Ipecac, to cause vomiting ) but it is very poisonous.
- Anonymous5 years ago
It was diethylether, similar to ethanol (alcohol) in effect, reported side effects are analgesic (pain reliever) and long term abuse may cause one to hear heavenly voices. It's no surprise then why pope Alexander VI began taking the drug (dull his pains) and why he was was filled with the holy spirit aka diethyl ether.
The same drug that became popular in 1900s Britain. As described in the reference.