Uses

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. Paregoric belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid pain relievers, but this medication acts mainly to slow the gut.

How to use Paregoric

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 4 times daily. It may be taken with food or meals if stomach upset occurs.

Shake the bottle well before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Children's dosage is also based on weight.

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 paregoric 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.

Diarrhea can sometimes cause a severe loss of body water (dehydration). It is important that you drink the proper amount of fluids and minerals (electrolytes) to prevent this effect. Tell your doctor right away if you develop signs of dehydration (such as unusual decreased urination, unusual dry mouth/thirst, fast heartbeat, or dizziness/lightheadedness). You may also need to change to a bland diet during this time to reduce irritation to your stomach/intestines. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse after 2 to 3 days of treatment.

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