Should my child take anhydrous morphine?

Anhydrous morphine comes as two different formulations.  Paregoric liquid is an anti-diarrheal that contains a very low dose of opium, a narcotic that hinders contractions of the gastrointestinal tract to slow the movement of the stool to treat diarrhea. The liquid tincture is taken by mouth one to four times a day or immediately after each loose bowel movement.

Children can be prescribed 0.25-0.5 milliliters (mL.) per kilogram (kg.) of body weight.

Opium tincture is also used to treat diarrhea, but is 25 times more stronger than Paregoric liquid. The dosing for a child is 0.005—0.01 ml./kg. PO every three to four hours. Do not exceed six doses in 24 hours.

Although primarily used to treat diarrhea, Paregoric liquid is sometimes used to treat newborns born to mothers who have been addicted to opiates (neonatal opioid dependence). It should not be used to quiet restless babies.                                                              

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