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Camphorated Tincture of Opium (Generic Paregoric)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

To treat diarrhoea, take paregoric. The digestive system’s stomach and intestines move less as a result.

You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you want to take this drug for a different purpose.

How should this medicine be used?

To be ingested as a drink, paregoric is available. It is often consumed one to four times daily, or right away following every loose bowel movement. You can mix your medication with water before taking it; the water should become murky white. Six doses maximum should be taken in a single day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you do not understand, and carefully follow their instructions. Just like it says, take the paregoric.

Paregoric can develop into a habit. Never exceed the recommended dosage, frequency, or duration. Always follow your doctor’s instructions.

Do not abruptly cease taking this drug if you have been taking it for a while. Your dose will likely be gradually reduced by your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking paregoric,

  • If you have a drug allergy, be sure to notify your doctor and pharmacist about it.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are taking, including any additional painkillers, antidepressants, cough, cold, or allergy treatments, sedatives, sleeping pills, tranquillizers, and vitamins.
  • Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had prostatic hypertrophy, lung disease, alcoholism, renal illness, liver disease, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking paregoric.
  • Be sure to inform the surgeon or dentist that you are taking paregoric if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • You should be aware that this medication might make you sleepy. Until you are certain of how this medication affects you, do not operate machinery or drive a car.
  • Keep in mind that drinking can exacerbate the effects of this drug’s sedation.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

You can use paregoric as needed. Take the missing dose of paregoric as soon as you remember it if your doctor has prescribed it on a regular basis. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects are possible with paregoric. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Constipation
  • Uneasy stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Having trouble breathing

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. Your doctor might want to monitor how you react to paregoric.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Camphorated Tincture of Opium®
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