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Georgeann Says:
 
I've used Paregoric for 15 years and can't find it. Is there anywhere in the U.S. or other countries where this can be purchased?

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Aubrey Says:
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It does not matter what medication you are taking whether it is a synthetic opiate or an opiate if you take it for any length of time you will become addicted. Now that does not mean you are a drug addict by any means I want to make that clear. Those of us who have to take this medication on a daily basis yes we are addicted however we are referred to as drug dependent, as long as we are using the medication properly. Unfortunately I know people that have had to be put on medication for pain who were recovering alcoholic for many years. They succumbed to addiction because they over used the medication, not just for pain management, however their past addiction craved the high. Any medical professional who does not tell you that yes, your body is addicted to this type of medication is a liar. You should change doctors. Again I want to reiterate that doesn't mean that you are a drug addict seeking a high it simply means that you are dependent upon the drug and should you try to take yourself off of the drug you will go into withdrawals just as a drug addict would! Life-threatening withdrawals. I had a situation recently with fentanyl patches. Within 12 hours I realized I was not getting enough fentanyl. I found that the FDA had already been investigating this particular manufacturer. I literally thought I was going to die, I ended up putting on 2 patches, 50 micrograms. It happened over the weekend I called my doctor first thing, basically I self medicated to get through the situation by adding the extra patch, of course I called the manufacturer. They were absolutely of no help. This type of fentanyl patch is made of aluminum foil, what a joke. Now I realize that they make it this way to cut down on abuse, however if somebody is going to abuse fentanyl there's not a damn thing you can do about it because believe me they will find a way. My doctor actually got on the phone with my insurance company trying to get the patches replaced because the kind or the brand that I normally use I could not find, the day after New Years. Cvs is about the only pharmacy who will order Milan brand in my area. My preferred pharmacy deal in the cheaper brands. They are difficult to stay on... And this particular aluminum foil brand, oh my god. I was in withdrawals at my doctor's office and she was literally raising hell with my insurance company. She finally decided to give me morphine sulfate er the equivalent in addition to a cocktail to assist with the withdrawals. Unfortunately no one had the damn morphine in my area. Thank God she was the doctor on call, she was so pissed off and has been so aggravated with my preferred pharmacy of Walgreens she got on the phone with them and raised eternal hell. She insisted they order the morphine, however it took about 4 days. So yes indeed I am addicted to fentanyl and opiates, percocet, of course the percocet helped a little bit with the withdrawals but not enough. If you have ever been in withdrawals you will know you are in hell. I have been in pain management clinics since 2004, I take a U/A per say every 30 days and I have never failed one. It is a conundrum I would not wish on anyone however it is a part of my life and my pain is well managed and I have well documentation that I don't abuse the medication obviously they would not write a prescription if I failed the U/A. Those of us who suffer from chronic pain also suffer from the ignorance of doctors who lump us in with the drug addicts. A pain management specialist knows your addiction or dependence on this type of medication you can even get addicted and have mild withdrawals from Tramadol which is a synthetic opioid. You can get addicted to any kind of medication as far as that goes. That is why they tell you not to get off medication without consulting your doctor. Some of it of course is ok but some of it can be life-threatening. For example any kind of diazepam or benzodiazepine. Literally can kill your ass. This is why the average primary care doctor screams DEA when they are asked to write such prescriptions. Believe me, I went through hell after being called a drug addict by my primary care doctors physicians assistant whom at the time I thought was a doctor! He literally made me feel like a piece of s*** and scared the hell out of me. I was able to get into a better pain clinic and get help after I tried to get off fentanyl by myself which nearly killed me of course. Since that time, I have been labeled a drug addict by my former, primary care doctor whom at one time considered me one of the most intelligent patients he had! He never had a problem with my seeing a pain management specialist however the time had come for me to change, because I went into withdrawals when a drastic change was made in the dosage of my fentanyl by a very lazy Dr who did not want to call in a prior authorization to my insurance company. In fact after further investigation with Medicare, I found this pain management clinic was over charging and basically they were out for money as they had almost 12 clinics come on working on there 12 when I left. I am fortunate to be with this group, because now many doctors do you know who would get on the phone with your insurance company and fight to try to get your medication refilled because your life was at stake! Not very damn many.

I realize I am going into a lot of information but I am just giving you some history, and again yes paregoric or any other medication that is synthetic an opiate, or an opiate based medication such as paregoric is most definitely addicting! Just read the information that is included with the medication or should be. If it's not that's a violation of the FDA and the DEA in the United States. Again good luck with your situation and hopefully if that is the only medication that helps you, you can find someone in the United States that manufactures the medication and work with your insurance company, perhaps your doctor will work with your insurance company to get this medication for you. There are always exceptions to the rules and unfortunately we chronically ill patients must fight every battle is uphill, nevertheless fight! You might be surprised at how many battles you win. Good luck!

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geelow Says:
 
I am located in Baltimore County. For awhile, the Paregoric was available, then NOT available, and now seems to be available again.

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MissVicki Says:
 
Where are you located in MD. I just called my BFF in Silver Springs and she is calling the local CVS.

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Aubrey Says:
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Before I would go crazy over the DEA, it has been my experience by calling them directly that most of my problems have been because of the doctors and their ignorance federal documentation reports or new bills or acts (USA) regarding controlled substances. If paregoric is no longer available, I have read a lot of the responses, however I have not seen anyone who has taken zofran. My stomach issues have been pretty difficult and of course medication aggravates and I take zofran. It is medication that is given to cancer patients. Also now that medical marijuana is available in some states and let us hope and pray to God that the Bible Belt can get their ignorant asses in gear... Marijuana can control nausea. Not sure what your situation is, if you are in a position where you have to take a U/A every month or random to make sure you're not doing any illegal drugs, I would try the marijuana if you do not, I repeat do not have to take those types of drug panels. Otherwise, if you're treated in a pain clinic, he will obviously be thrown out. I'm a research analyst and I refuse to have anyone tell me to shut up. The last primary care doctor I had issues with because he accidentally changed a serious medication to protect my kidneys screaming about the DEA over the drug fioricet for my migraines. That is all I can take, long story rather not go into it. However I did contact the DEA a number of times over the issue. I was told that sometimes when doctors stop writing prescriptions it is because they have been in trouble over something else or they know someone that has been in trouble. The doctors blame the DEA and the DEA blame the doctors. I would be very careful about getting any drugs that were not monitored by the FDA. We all get pissed off here in the USA, however I know of several instances where the FDA has monitored pharmaceutical manufacturers of controlled substances and found they were not up to par, fined them or threatened to shut them down. Of course they can't do this outside of the United States. Caution, always caution when you have a body that is already very sick. If the tincture of opium is working for you but you can't stand the taste I would suggest taking it with honey, just tablespoonful or so. If the paregoric had more opium in it than you are taking now, most likely you're also having withdrawal symptoms and diarrhea and vomiting can be induced in a terrible way when you're in withdrawals.

Whatever your outcome, I would make direct calls to the DEA and the FDA either in your area or federally. I always tell my Dr that it is a curse and a gift to be a research analyst and in some cases know more about a medicine than the doctors. Upon my initial visit to my new primary care doctor, I gave him my situation and I told him if I heard one word about the DEA that I was walking out the door. I meant it. As patients of chronic illnesses we absolutely must know the medication we are taking and its side effects, how many times people have sued over it and what the legal suits entailed. There have been more legal cases over new medications than the old basic tried and true medications made from the Great Creators opium. I wish you good luck regardless and I hope that you will be cautious when making your decisions. I did not take any time to research paregoric or the tincture of opium, due to previous comments. Thank you and again good luck!

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geelow Says:
 
If Paregoric, just like any other medication, is used correctly, it is not addicting. Can it be? of course, there are always individuals who will abuse a medication and/or take it incorrectly and overuse it. It is too bad, though, that for the people who need Paregoric for certain conditions, and for those patients who have not abused nor over-used the medication, they are denied it. For those of you who are still trying to get their prescription filled for Paregoric, I live in Maryland........it was off the market for about two years, and now it is back on again and available in Maryland.

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Ton Says:
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Try South Africa. Manufactured since I can remember. Lennon's Paragoriese Eleksir. Afrikaans name. I know its still being made. Im 61 yrs old. Had it as a kid for coughs.

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Swedered Says:
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Hey..just thinkin if paragoric is derived
or component of opium why would anyone give it to a baby for teething? Call a Dr.but never paragoric.that baby could be addicted to a bad drug.with all my pain I wouldnt take it.no way!

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dee Says:
 
Try stool softner NOT a laxative. I have IBS

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Noreen Says:
 
I found , by accident, that Loratab helps. But my doctor wants to give me Paragoric instead. Who can figure as one would think that the Paragoric would be more addictive. I only hope that the VA can compound it. Have had IBS for years but ever since numerous bouts of C-Diff, it has only gotten worse. Finally some relief. Never give up, as when one door closes, another one opens!

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dee Says:
 
used paregoric on my daughter when she was teething and that was 47 yrs ago.the Dr(stupid) prescribed it, if I had know the other uses for this dangerous drug, I would have sued him for giving this to put on her gums .

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geelow Says:
 
Mike, Thank you for the info. I don't know what a compounding shop is. Is that different from a pharmacy? Thank you.

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Mike Says:
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I too have found insurance no longer covering Paregoric but am able to get from a compounding shop. Paying out of pocket but at least can still get it.

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geelow Says:
 
I do not know anyone in Trinidad, unfortunately. Thank you for letting me know, though. I wonder if the stores in Trinidad would ship it to US.

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Triny to the bone Says:
 
I used it for cold on my chest I mixed it with honey and lemon and it help me a lot whenever I visit Trinidad I get it at the drug store if you have any friend from Trinidad they might be able to bring you a bottle all the best

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geelow Says:
 
This is not a substitute for Paregoric, but have you tried Donnatol? I use it since I, too, cannot get the Paregoric. I suggest you google Donnatol and ask your doctor but, again, it is not the same as Paregoric.

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geelow Says:
 
What state is that in? Thank you.

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geelow Says:
 
I have found that DONNATOL also works, but it is not the same as Paregoric. Paregoric, in my experience, works quickly. Donnatol comes in tablets and liquid. It is available, but not covered by my insurance, I don't know if it would be covered by yours.

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geelow Says:
 
I completely understand. Please let me know if you find out anything from any other sources. I live in Maryland. Please see my other post. Thank you.

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geelow Says:
 
I am in the same spot. I have used it for years and it is the only thing that worked well for my IBS. It IS back on the market, at least in Maryland. My doctor, fortunately, gave me a prescription for it and I got one bottle, but now the pharmacist tells me it is no longer available again. I don't know what is going on!! Also, another RX I use for IBS is DONNATOL and this is now not covered by my insurance and it quite costly. If anyone on this site can help as to where Paregoric prescriptions can be filled, please let me know here. Thank you.

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MissVicki Says:
 
The FDA thinks we'll all become addicts to the opium. Thats the bottom line. Ive never gotten high from it. I doubt my dr will write an opium Rx. I don't think that would be safe either. Thanks FDA- you suck and have ruined my life due to hyper motility.

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