tincture of opium liquid - oral (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking tincture of opium, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other narcotics (e.g., codeine, morphine), or to papaverine; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: severe breathing problems (e.g., respiratory depression), intoxication with alcohol or medications that depress the nervous system or your breathing (CNS/respiratory depressants such as tranquilizers/sedatives).Since this medication slows the gut, it should not be used to treat diarrhea caused by poisoning until the toxin is removed from your gut.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: brain disorders (e.g., seizures, head injury, tumor, increased intracranial pressure), heart problems (e.g., irregular heartbeat), lung diseases (e.g., asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), stomach/intestinal bleeding, disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis), mental/mood disorders (e.g., toxic psychosis), a certain spinal problem (kyphoscoliosis), gallbladder disease, personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, kidney disease, liver disease (e.g., cirrhosis), adrenal gland problem (e.g., Addison's disease), difficulty urinating (e.g., due to enlarged prostate), underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive its side effects, especially slow/shallow breathing and drowsiness.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Using it for long periods or in high doses near the expected delivery date is not recommended because of possible harm to the unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Infants born to mothers who have used this medication for an extended time may have withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn.This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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