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Paregoric Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is opium preparation (Paregoric)?
- What are the possible side effects of opium preparation (Paregoric)?
- What is the most important information I should know about opium preparation (Paregoric)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking opium preparation (Paregoric)?
- How should I take opium preparation (Paregoric)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Paregoric)?
- What happens if I overdose (Paregoric)?
- What should I avoid while taking opium preparation (Paregoric)?
- What other drugs will affect opium preparation (Paregoric)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Paregoric)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Paregoric)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of opium could be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, feeling restless or nervous, confusion, cold and clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, seizure (convulsions), shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, fainting, or breathing that stops.
What should I avoid while taking opium preparation (Paregoric)?
Avoid using any other anti-diarrhea medications that your doctor has not prescribed.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this medication. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with opium preparation. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
This medication can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
What other drugs will affect opium preparation (Paregoric)?
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you regularly use cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result.
Also tell your doctor if you are using:
- atropine (Atreza, Sal-Tropine), belladonna (Donnatal, and others), benztropine (Cogentin), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), methscopolamine (Pamine), or scopolamine (Transderm-Scop);
- bronchodilators such as ipratropium (Atrovent) or tiotropium (Spiriva);
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- glycopyrrolate (Robinul);
- mepenzolate (Cantil);
- metoclopramide (Reglan);
- naloxone (Narcan), naltrexone (ReVia);
- bladder or urinary medications such as darifenacin (Enablex), flavoxate (Urispas), oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol), tolterodine (Detrol), or solifenacin (Vesicare);
- irritable bowel medications such as dicyclomine (Bentyl), hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Cystospaz, Levsin, and others), or propantheline (Pro-Banthine);
- an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate); or
- medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), mesoridazine (Serentil), pimozide (Orap), or thioridazine (Mellaril).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with opium preparation. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about opium preparation.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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