Belladonna and Opium
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To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute.
To prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. Consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (such as a stimulant type with stool softener).
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (such as agitation, hallucinations, confusion), difficulty urinating, fainting, slow/fast heartbeat, eye pain, vision changes.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: severe stomach/abdominal pain, change in the amount of urine, seizures, slow/shallow breathing.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Belladonna and Opium (belladonna and opium) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to belladonna or opium; or to narcotic pain medications (such as morphine, codeine); or to atropine or scopolamine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain muscle/nerve disease (myasthenia gravis), certain stomach/bowel diseases (paralytic ileus, blockage, infectious diarrhea), glaucoma (narrow-angle).
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, lung diseases (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), breathing problems (such as slow/shallow breathing, sleep apnea), a certain spinal problem (kyphoscoliosis), difficulty urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate or narrowed urethra), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat, heart failure, coronary artery disease), high blood pressure, brain disorders/injuries (such as seizures, head injury, tumor, increased intracranial pressure), thyroid disease, gallbladder disease, disease of the pancreas (such as pancreatitis), adrenal gland problems (such as Addison's disease), mental/mood disorders (such as toxic psychosis), stomach/intestinal disorders (such as colitis, ulcer), glaucoma (open-angle), heartburn.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
To lower your risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.
This medication may make you sweat less, making you more likely to get heat stroke. Avoid doing things that may cause you to overheat, such as hard work or exercise in hot weather, or using hot tubs. When the weather is hot, drink a lot of fluids and dress lightly. If you overheat, quickly look for a place to cool down and rest. Get medical help right away if you have a fever that does not go away, mental/mood changes, headache, or dizziness.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially slow/shallow breathing and drowsiness.
Before using this medication, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the risks and benefits. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may slightly increase the risk of birth defects if used during the first two months of pregnancy. Also, using it for a long time or in high doses near the expected delivery date may harm the unborn baby. To lessen the risk, use the smallest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Tell the doctor right away if you notice any symptoms in your newborn baby such as slow/shallow breathing, irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, or diarrhea.
It is unknown if belladonna passes into breast milk. Opium passes into breast milk, and the effect on a nursing infant is not known. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before breast-feeding.
Additional Belladonna and Opium Information
- Belladonna and Opium Drug Interactions Center: belladonna alkaloids-opium rect
- Belladonna and Opium Side Effects Center
- Belladonna and Opium in detail including Side Effects and Drug Images
- Belladonna and Opium Overview including Precautions
- Belladonna and Opium FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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