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Paregoric Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Paregoric (anhydrous morphine) is a narcotic used to treat diarrhea. Common side effects of Paregoric include lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, loss of appetite, constipation, increased sweating, or warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin.
The usual adult dosage of Paregoric is 5 to 10 mL (1 to 2 tsp) 1 to 4 times a day. The usual pediatric dosage is 0.25 to 0.5 mL/kg of body weight 1 to 4 times a day. Paregoric may interact with other narcotics, general anesthetics, phenothiazines, tranquilizers, sedative/hypnotics, or other CNS depressants. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Paregoric should be used only if prescribed. This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking this medication.
Our Paregoric (anhydrous morphine) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Paregoric in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- severe constipation, bloating, stomach cramps;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
- feeling like you might pass out;
- weak or shallow breathing; or
- seizure (convulsions).
Less serious side effects may include:
- upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
- dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired or restless;
- increased sweating; or
- warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Paregoric (Anhydrous Morphine)
What is Prescribing information?
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Paregoric FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The most frequent adverse reactions include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, and vomiting. These effects seem to be more prominent in ambulatory than in nonambulatory patients, and some of these adverse reactions may be alleviated if the patient lies down.
DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE
Paregoric (anhydrous morphine) is a Schedule III narcotic.
Morphine can produce drug dependence and therefore has the potential for being abused. Patients receiving therapeutic dosage regimens of 10 mg every 4 hours for 1 to 2 weeks have exhibited mild withdrawal symptoms. Development of the dependent state is recognizable by an increased tolerance to the analgesic effect and the appearance of purposive phenomena (complaints, pleas, demands, or manipulative actions) shortly before the time of the next scheduled dose. A patient in withdrawal should be treated in a hospital environment. Usually, it is necessary only to provide supportive care with administration of a tranquilizer to suppress anxiety. Severe symptoms of withdrawal may require administration of a replacement narcotic.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Paregoric (Anhydrous Morphine)
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