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What should I know about paregoric before taking it?

Paregoric is a narcotic and can be habit-forming. Paregoric should be kept in a safe place. Never give it to anyone else. Do not use paregoric if you have an allergy to narcotic medications, paralytic ileus (a type of bowel obstruction) or during an asthma attack. Paregoric can make you sleepy or alter your thinking. Use care if you participate in any activity that requires alertness, such as driving. Never take more paregoric than your doctor prescribed. An overdose of this drug can be deadly. Also, never stop taking paregoric suddenly, as this can cause withdrawal. Before you have dental surgery or any other surgery, make sure the dentist or doctor knows that you are taking paregoric. Do not take any other antidiarrheal medication along with paregoric, unless your doctor recommends it. Never drink alcohol while you are taking paregoric. The combination of the two can be deadly. Similarly, it can be dangerous to take any other drug that can cause drowsiness or slow breathing while you are taking paregoric. These include: allergy, cold or cough medicines; muscle relaxers, narcotic pain drugs; sedatives; sleeping pills; and tranquilizers. Other drugs that can interact with paregoric include: antidepressants; atropine; belladonna; benztropine; dimenhydrinate; methscopolamine; scopolamine; bronchodilators, including ipratropium and tiotropium; cimetidine; glycopyrrolate; medications to treat irritable bowel, including dicyclomine, hyoscyamine; propantheline; MAO inhibitors, including isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline and tranylcypromine; mepenzolate; metoclopramide; naloxone and naltrexone; psychiatric medications, including chlorpromazine, haloperidol, mesoridazine, pimozide and thioridazine; urinary/bladder medications, including darifenacin, flavoxate, oxybutynin, tolterodine and solifenacin; and vitamins.

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