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General Information on Paregoric

Generic Name : Paregoric

Pronunciation : par e gor' ik

Latest prescription information about Paregoric. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y53.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antidiarrheals

Trade Names/Brand Names of Paregoric

International- Camphorated Tincture of Opium.

Why is Paregoric Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an opiate, prescribed for diarrhea.  It decreases stomach and intestinal movement in the digestive system.

When should Paregoric not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients who have diarrhea due to poisoning, who are taking sodium oxybate, seizures and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Paregoric?

Child: The recommended dose is 0.25 to 0.5 mL/kg of body weight 1 to 4 times a day.
Adult: The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mL (1 to 2 teaspoonfuls) 1 to 4 times a day.

How should Paregoric be taken?

It comes as a liquid to take by mouth after each loose bowel movement.

What are the warnings and precautions for Paregoric?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of head injury, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, liver or kidney problems, under active thyroid, asthma, Addison’s disease, stomach problems, inflammation of the pancreas, bowel or urinary obstruction, enlarged prostate, or blood disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery and sit or stand up slowly while taking this medication.
• Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Paregoric?

   Most Common : Lightheadedness, dizziness, sleepiness, nausea and vomiting.
   Miscellaneous : Anxiety, emotion, constipation and itching.

What are the other precautions for Paregoric?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Paregoric?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15°-30° C). Protect from light.

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