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OPIUM
TINCTURE OF OPIUM - ORAL LIQUID

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

TINCTURE OF OPIUM - ORAL LIQUID

(TINK-chure of OH-pee-um)

Uses

Opium is a narcotic used to treat diarrhea or pain.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth as directed. May take with food or meals if stomach upset occurs. Carefully measure each dose using the dropper provided. The drops may be mixed with soft food, water or juice. Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose, use it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit- forming. Also, if used for an extended period, do not suddenly stop using this drug without your doctor's approval. Over time, this drug may not work as well. Consult your doctor if this medication stops working well.

Side Effects

Lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision may occur. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: tremor, mood/mental changes, rapid heart rate. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: liver disease, heart disease, gallbladder problems, intestinal diseases, an enlarged prostate, asthma or other breathing problems, seizures, drug dependency, drug allergies. Use caution driving or operating machinery or doing activities requiring alertness. Rise slowly from a lying or sitting position to lessen the occurrence of dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may use, including: other narcotic pain relievers, sedatives, cimetidine. Avoid using alcohol while taking this medication as dizziness and drowsiness effects will increase. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include trouble breathing, severe drowsiness, unconsciousness, severe dizziness; cold or clammy skin; or irregular heartbeat.

Notes

This medication must be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.