About opium tincture
This medication is used to treat diarrhea. It helps to decrease how often you have bowel movements. It works by slowing the movement of the intestines. Opium belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid pain relievers, but this medication acts mainly to slow the gut.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 4 times daily. It may be taken with food or meals if stomach upset occurs.
Carefully measure each dose using the dropper provided. If your medication comes in an oral dosing syringe, use the syringe to measure the dose. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Do not inject the medication. The dose may be mixed with a small amount of water just before taking.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
If you suddenly stop using this medication, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as sweating, nausea, vomiting, restlessness). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used opium for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal.
Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or use it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed.
When used for a long time, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
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