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Opium Preparations (Systemic)

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects

  • Antidiarrheal
  • Suppressant, narcotic abstinence syndrome

Opium preparations are used along with other measures to treat severe diarrhea. These medicines belong to the group of medicines called narcotics. If too much of a narcotic is taken, it may become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence. Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal side effects when you stop taking the medicine.

Opium preparations are available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:

  • Opium Tincture
    • Oral liquid (U.S. and Canada)
  • Paregoric
    • Oral liquid (U.S. and Canada)

Brand Names

Other commonly used names are camphorated opium tincture and laudanum .


For quick reference, the following opium preparations are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.

This information applies to the following medicines:
1. Opium Tincture (OH-pee-um TINK-tur)
2. Paregoric (par-e-GOR-ik)


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Opium Preparations: Before Using

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