Paregoric was a household remedy in the 18th and 19th centuries when it was widely used to control diarrhea in adults and children, as an expectorant and cough medicine. Its principal active ingredient is powdered opium which puts this medication in the class of opioids (narcotic pain medication/analgesics). In 1970 Paregoric was classified as a Schedule III category of controlled substances and it was no longer sold in the U.S. without a medical prescription. In the 21st century its two main uses have been largely replaced by minimally psychoactive cough-suppressant drugs (such as dextromethorphan) and non-psychoactive antidiarrheal drugs (such as loperamide).
Paregoric is highly potent and can easily be deadly if an overdose occurs, and it is highly addictive. As a result, tolerance (the need for higher and higher doses to maintain the same effect) and physical and psychological dependence can develop rather quickly.
Like any opium derivative, prolonged use can create physical dependence. As with any opium addiction, it is imperative that Paregoric users taper off the medication slowly under professional medical care.
When stopped abruptly, Paregoric can cause intense symptoms of withdrawal including:
Information provided above is courtesy of: https://www.drugabuse.gov
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