What should I know about anhydrous morphine before taking it?

Before taking anhydrous morphine, or Paregoric, you should know that this narcotic medication can be addictive or habit-forming. It is important to take it only as directed by your doctor and to never take more than the prescribed dose. An overdose can be dangerous.

You should also know that anhydrous morphine is likely to make you drowsy, so you will need to exercise caution while driving until you know how it affects you. You should not drink alcohol while you are taking this medication. You should discuss any medical conditions you may have with your doctor before you take anhydrous morphine.

Some medical conditions may require your doctor to adjust your dosage or conduct tests before you take it and during treatment. These medical conditions include: allergies; bloody diarrhea; diarrhea caused by antibiotics; diarrhea accompanied by fever; bowel disorders, including an obstructed bowel, inflammatory bowel disease and toxic megacolon; an enlarged prostate; urinary disorders; epilepsy or seizures; lung disease or breathing disorders, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), asthma and sleep apnea; liver disease; kidney disease; and a history of alcoholism or drug addiction.

You should not take this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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