Opium Tincture has proven on several occasions to be effective in treating diarrhea. The medication helps to decrease how often you have bowel movements. It works in a way as to slow the movement of the intestines. Opium belongs to a class of drugs referred to as opioid pain relievers, but this drug acts mainly to slow the gut. In addition to treating diarrhea, this medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
Opium Tincture – what you should tell your doctor before taking it
Make sure to let your doctor know if you have any of the following conditions:
- head injury
- brain tumor
- drug abuse or addiction
- heart disease
- if you frequently drink alcohol-containing drinks
- intestinal disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- lung disease, asthma, or breathing problems
- an unusual or allergic reaction to opium, morphine or other opiates, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How to use Opium Tincture
Always administer this medicine by mouth. Make sure that you follow the directions on the prescription label. Opium tincture can be taken with or without food. If you notice that it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Avoid using household spoons as measurements won’t be exact. It is advisable to use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. You can as well use the marked dropper that comes with the medicine. If you do not have one, go ahead and ask your pharmacist. It is recommended to take your medicine at regular intervals. Avoid taking more often than prescribed as this can lead to over dosage. However, if you think that you have overtaken this medicine, contact a poison control center or an emergency unit. Avoid taking the decision to stop consuming the drug without your doctor’s concern. Also, do not share with others as it was prescribed for you alone. If you miss a dose, take it immediately as you can. However, if it is already time for the next dose, take only that dose. Never take a double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
It is advisable to always give your medical health care provider a list of all the medicines, non-prescription drugs, herbs, or dietary supplements you use. Also let them know if you smoke, consume alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine such as:
- antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
- certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
- narcotic medicines for pain
- certain medicines for sleep
- certain medicines used for nausea like dronabinol, droperidol, nabilone
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- muscle relaxants
- medicines for anesthesia
Side effects of opium tincture
Like any other medicine, opium tincture may lead to some undesired side effects. Below are side effects that usually do not require medical attention:
- dry mouth
- upset stomach
However, some side effects should be immediately reported to your doctor or medical health care provider. Examples of such are:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusually weak or tired
- breathing problems
Before taking the medication, it is worth discussing with your doctor about its side effects and how to handle them.
Store medicine at room temperature away from light and moisture. Avoid storing it in the bathroom. Keep it away from the reach of children. In case of any doubt, always contact your medical health care provider.