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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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Betty Says:
Thanks Ron and Kathryn! Just took a "swig" ( have to agree, that "golden licquid" tastes HORRIBLE~~~NOT, NOT, NOT,, complaining...NEVER, EVER, for its benefits!) I had tried compazine, but to no will let you know how it works for me! Gosh, it's great to have friends to turn to...this is an incredibly difficult conversation to have with even family!

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Ron Says:
You will have to find a pharmacy that can compound it. My wife gets it from Harpersville Pharmacy in Harpersville, Alabama. If you want to call them (Phil or Scott) 205-642-9222. Scott and Phil are the pharmacists!

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Kathryn K Says:
Betty; I always swore by paregoric as the ONLY thing that really helped the stomach flu. It helps that stomach-ache pain and wretched gurgle, as well as the diarrhea. Nothing OTC (over-the-counter) really did the trick. Though if it was not a bad, bad stomach, the old-fashioned "Kaopectate" was also quite helpful. You can still get the old formulation of that for pets. It is the exact same thing as what we got as kids. [As opposed to the 'new' Kaopectate which is just the Pepto Bismal recipe in vanilla.] But if your intestinal flu is this nasty thing going around that lasts for 3 wks, I would absolutely take paregoric for it.

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Betty Says:
Hi! Question...I think I have the flu...yes, I have diarrhea, but IT'S different from my IBS/sudden diarrhea problem...( tummy hurts)...ok, looking for advice on taking paregoric for flu??? Should I jusst stay close to my "beloved bathroom" or do you think taking paregoric will help? (tummy ache AND sudden diarrhea?) Thanks so much and pray all are doing well?

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Betty Says:
Hi~ Happy (gulp...diarrhea free) NEW YEARS TO ALL! Gosh, it's been a long time since I've received notice that anyone has posted. ...has everyone been able to get ahold of paregoric? It's avaiilable (by RX) now...Mare? I'm nor sure if you responded (I don't see it anywhere) as to what city/state you're from? Gosh...I'm from a really small town (Oakhurst, Ca) that it is FDA "legalized", there's no problem getting it...pls tell me you found a Dr that cares enough to GOGGLE paregoric to see that it's NOT that "dangerous" and it REALLY DOES WORK!!! me, "tincture of opium" is..."scarey"...(10 times stronger than Paregoric), so....I would think that would be prescribed for those of us with conditions such as "colon reduction" (don't know medical term...but...when all or portion of colon is removed...I've posted so often on my problem, but don't see it here...maybe it's the other site I belong to...I went "down" while at work in an E.R. Department...colon twisted...PAIN I'VE NEVER HAD, EVEN WITH CHILDBIRTH!!!...Drs I worked with ordered every test available (including CT, etc) everything came back "normal" family Dr (at the time) came in and said "well, we have a pretty tough flu going on in our town" I am, husband at my side, SCREAMING from pain, (they'd given me as much pain medication as they could)...finally, surgeon on call made a decision...blood pressure was dropping, Prest came in, (wah), he opened me up, breast to pubic area, and there it was! A piece of skin wrapped around THE OUTSIDE OF MY COLON...!!! I spent about a week in hospital...Surgeon (FANTASTIC GUY) told me the name of it, and said I could have been born with it...he said blood vessels were ready to burst...they opened me up, just in time...I've always have problems with "sudden diarrhea", but after this surgery I REALLY have a problem with it...(I mean, if I have to go, it's N O W!!!) Anyway, paregoric really works for me...I do NOT abuse it, as it is my "friend", and I do not want to build up tolerance to it...when at home, bathroom is near (sometimes not close enough!), but if we go out, or are visiting friends, just a "small" swig (I really don't measure it, but enough to know it TASTES TERRIBLE)...and I KNOW, at least for...say 8 hours, I am ok...and to those of you who have this problem, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!!! Anyway, it IS available with prescription...expensive...thank God I have insurance that covers it, but I SWEAR, if I didn't, I'd still pay THE RIDICULOUS AMOUNT (over 100.00/small bottle) it costs, because ...damn really does work!!! I understand the supply/demand theory....not that many of us have this "acute" problem, but...O.K., enough already from me! Just need to know everyone is "taken care of" this New Year...and if not, key your problem...let's talk about it! Regards, Betty

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Ron Says:
My wife had the same surgery, no colon! She has a bag on the inside. The doctor she has is a wonderful person and makes sure she has all her needs covered. He is also a God fill person, which is also important to us. He volunteers for mission work gratis!!! He has tried her on everything, taking into account her full health issues. I do appreciate you sharing your thoughts. It is just hard when the almighty dollar makes the choice for some companies. Sometimes, if the company is big enough, they should make it available for humanities sake, not just the dollars. But then, that is the world we live in.

I posted on this site to see if there is anything her doctor may or may not have thought of, but I also find this to be a nice support site. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and a healthy happy 2014!!!

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Kathryn K Says:
BETTY: Of course, I have been on and off on the site here, but never heard what had happened to you. Many (35) years ago, a really close friend in England had had what you just described about the skin growth around your colon. She had experienced this sometime before I knew her, but when she was telling me about it, it sounded so strange. She had been misdiagnosed for a couple of months or more before they opened her up. Your situation sounds like just the same thing. By the time I knew her, she did not have the problems of diarrhea. We were much younger at the time (20s), do not know if that has any bearing.
RON: It just sounds to me like your wife really needs, maybe another doctor, or a special pharmacist to help you guys out. Her current doctor seems to understand the help that paregoric is, but being so difficult to obtain makes it not a working option. Have you two explained to him/her the extreme difficulty? There must be something particular to her special needs from her operation. And maybe you don't want to hear this option, but my mother has a good friend who lost the most of her lower colon, and they just went ahead and !had! to give her a colostomy (the bag on the outside). She says that she is fine with it, and made an amazing recovery.

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Ron Says:
Thank you for your reply, I pray you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a healthy 2014. We are in Alabama, there was only two locations that could compound paregoric, it wasn't a pre-made thing. One of the locations, a hospital said they no longer compound it, so that leaves one pharmacy about 30 miles south of Birmingham. Unfortunately, my wife has diarrhea daily even with paregoric, she requires about 7 bottle 473 ml each per month, and as you stated, you know the cost. I believe Hy-tech used to manufacture paregoric, but it is hard to find anywhere in the quantities she requires. If you find any addition info, please forward. God Bless

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Betty Says:
RMOR: I am so sorry re your wife's having no colon! I suffer from one time, at work, I went "down" make a long story short, my colon was it was an Emergency Depart of large hospital I worked for, they took so many tests to find out WHY i HAD so much pain...I was given as much pain medication as they could while many tests (CT, etc) were taken....blood tests all came back family Dr came in and said "there's a really bad flu going around in our town...let's take her home"...there I was, husband at my side, literally "yelling" every time the colon would twist, more and would twist, I'd almost die, it would let up, then start again...ER Doc I knew refused to release me, and finally the surgeon on call (great man) realizing my bp was going lower and and lower, the Priest came in...blah, blah, finally they put me out and opened me from breast to pubic area...there it was...a piece of skin (I can't remember the name right now) wrapped around my colon...arteries ready to burst...he cut the piece of skin off, and the observed me for awhile, checking the colon to see what damage had been done...finally stitched me up and I was in hospital for over a week recovering...I now suffer from acute diarrhea...never know when it's going to "hit"...thank God, I have a wonderful Dr in small town I live in (Oakhurst, Ca) who prescribes paregoric for me. It is a God Send...I do NOT abuse it, as I don't want to build up tolerance to this licquid "gold"...if I am at home, I just know where the bathroom is...and am ok...but, like this evening, Christmas Eve...I will be with family...I don't know how much I take, (it's maybe a tablespoon at the most)...I just take a "swig from the bottle" tastes horrid, but damn it, IT WORKS! I will be eating pizza, laughing, sipping on wine, eating all kinds of "goodies"...being with my family, grandchildren, and feel "normal"...It is expensive, but my drug store (Vons in Oakhurst) carries it, and always has a bottle on hand...I have insurance, and I am so thankful for that, for it is expensive (over 100.00/bottle)...I agree it doesn't have to cost that IS a "supply and demand" type thing....this drug has been around for years, as I'm sure you know, and you and your wife should have you mind if I ask what state you live in? It is not fair, what you are going it that your Dr won't prescribe it? I can tell you the manufacturer that carries it...please talk to us...someone out here can help...Merry Christmas, and...I pray for an answer to your not give IS available...

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KkH Says:
To rmor: There is no more "Donut Hole" part to the Medicare Part D. Pres. Obama and the Affordable Care Act did away with that. Isn't that part great!! But I totally feel for your wife and you trying to deal with all this. I realize that this next suggestion is NOT a real replacement for Paregoric. Nothing is. But would her doctor be willing to prescribe an amount of morphine sulphate (15mg)? Morphine is the opiate in Paregoric. If she had some Paregoric, to be used interspersed with some morphine sulphate, she might be able to extend the time-frame she needs for a refill of Paregoric. If your doctor would be willing, Part D covers that without a problem. Just a thought. I am not a doctor. I use the morphine tablet for chronic pain syndromes. It helps the diarrhea at the same time.

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rmor Says:
My wife has no colon, so paregoric is the only drug that works to slow down her bowels. Since this can be an embarrassing situation for any of us, I now see the importance of some drugs. She would prefer to not have to take it at all, but then she would be stuck at home 24/7. Since the government removed it a few years ago, it is hard to get at all. The only source we know is a compound pharmacy. They would have to mix it, and it is still an expensive drug. She requires about 1 1/2 bottle per week, and when she hits the donut hole, it costs about $500 a month for the last 4-5 months of the year. I know the FDA has placed it back on the approved list, but unfortunately, no one makes it readily available. If anyone knows where to get it, reliably, please post. To all those suffering from major colon issue, I pray you will be healed, until then, wish a drug company would see the need and fill it at reasonable prices.

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Laura Says:
3 or so years ago I spoke directly to the FDA and the manufacture in New York of paregoric. I was directed to look up the findings of the FDA and why this company was shut down. I believe it may still be posted if you look way back into this blog. The FDA stopped the manufacturer because they said paregoric was a new medication and not tested! These words are verbatim. MY problem is finding a doctor with enough sense to prescribe it. Im getting tired of searching.

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Kathryn K Says:
Jenny R.; I concur.

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Jenny R. Says:
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It's sad how so many CHEAP medicines are being taken away due to the corrupt US pharmaceutical companies. They are corrupt and use their money to find representatives & to pay to get their corrupt stooges appointed to the FDA. These same phamaceutical companies actively sell deadly NEW medicines and advertise them on TV. Before Reagan corrupted the FDA, FCC and every other government agency medications couldn't be advertised. All those people who blather about the govt getting between them and their doctor cheer on pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies who get between them and their doctors. The drugs pharmaceutical companies sell are mostly dangerous (many cause cancer!) and because you no longer can get medications like cheap paragoric is directly the result of corrupt pharmaceutical companies who are stealing from everyone. The solution is to elect people who aren't for sale. STOP electing corporate prostitutes like especially in the Republican Party. The tea party is a fanatical group of morons who are so ignorant they support pharmaceutical companies and all corporations. Our govt would work great as it did before the psychopath, fenocidal maniac Reagan destroyed the middle class. He was 109% for sale to the highest corporate bidder and we are paying for his terms as president every day by corporate domination and the stripping of our rights caused by corporations who have used their money to take away rights we used to have like trial by jury. US corporations are forcing customers to settle matters thru arbitration and denying you your day in court. Btw, 95% of arbitrators are from the industries you are up against so they are in reality still working for their fascist corporations. Wake up, do research and think. Don't let paid manipulators on talk radio or Faux to dupe you. Think for god's sake.

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Maryann Says:
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Betty Says:
Hi all...

But, but...hold it. Something bothers me about ordering from other countries...please believe, I want to TRUST everyone, everywhere...(objectively, I know we can't)...and I'm not a Polly Annish type person...(better then thou) but...don't we get into legalities here? Granted...AND I MEAN THIS...when Paregoric was pulled from the U.S. market, and all our opinions started, I was truly upset...(for all the reasons everyone stated), I the REASON some of us are questioning how to order out of U.S. because OUR DR.S STILL AREN'T LISTENING TO US? That Paregoric ISN'T "that" dangerous (vs so many other Rx's )...I...I just don't I've keyed before, I have insurance that pays for the ridiculous amount Paregoric costs (I THINK my husband said 200 and something for a bottle?)...could I afford that on my own? No. What would I do? Exactly what I did when Paregoric was unavailable for that duration that started all this...either STAY HOME...OR try to "cleanse my colon" (OTC) as much as I could before going anywhere...yes, I was offered "tincture of opium" (10X stronger than Paregoric), but with my gastroenteroloigst's warning of (take NO more than prescribed or you could die"...well, yeah...great...anyway, I've keyed and keyed, (as so many of us have) of the BENEFITS of paregoric...and...well, be honest...if I knew the pharmacist in another country, (I mean REALLY MET HE/SHE), TALKED TO THEM, ETC, ETC, and didn't have insurance that covered the cost of it in USA...would I attempt to order it by mail....well, if it worked the way my RX of Paregoric does, yes, yes....yes I would. I am a middle class citizen that has worked most of my life...blah, blah, but there is a time when (as we're all learning these days) Government is NOT, NOT God! People are people, and I don't think any of us are any better than the other, BUT, again, objectively...I know there are those that cannot be trusted...I am so sorry for those of you with problems (diarrhea or...) such as I suffer from, that Drs won't prescribe it (just DON'T, NEVER WILL understand that!), or can't (such as myself) afford the ridiculous cost (keeping in mind "supply/demand") of a bottle that can allow us, in our already short life span on this plain, to LIVE A NORMAL LIVES! Grrr....I dare, I just dare, anyone, without our real problems, to "walk a mile in our shoes"...ok...Thank you for listening to a Subject that I truly am so passionate about!

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Kathryn K Says:
It occurs to me that the Paregoric and the Cough Syrup would likely be different items. Dr.s in the U.S. can still prescribe a codeine cough syrup, and depending on the illness often do. Paregoric is a much stronger opiate formulation meant for diarrhea (often used for stomach and intestinal flues). This country used to offer the cough syrup OTC, until the last 10 to 15 yrs or so. Paregoric has been Dr.s script only for a long time here. In re: the question of actually receiving it if you order it from out of country... It will be hit and miss. The DEA and FDA have a regular system of randomly checking packages that look like meds entering the U.S. Back when one could order a number of medications via the internet, I used to order quite a few things. I got a package intercepted by the DEA from Spain once and informed that they had done so. I was warned not to order any more. I still did while it was easy and possible. Then the govt forced the shutdown of the sites that had opiates, barbiturates, benzodiazapines, etc. They even closed down the strictly informational site regarding which sites were most reliable and other questions. It is still perfectly easy to order from places that sell antibiotics, antiyeast, ibuprofen, so on and so forth. If you get a place to order paregoric in those two countries, and you write it down here for all to see, the DEA will likely be all over it. Just my guess. They are definitely looking though. And if you find a way to order from there, you may or may not get your package. You will absolutely not get a refund!!! The United States does not want ANY type of opiate medications coming from out of country. And you already know why the docs are so hesitant to prescribe paregoric. The DEA watches the pharmacies and the doctors like hawks.

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Mary Says:
How can we order it from Trinidad or Tobago? Is there a phone # we can call for information on how to order? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Betty Says:
Trininus and Laura...
I too thank you for your info, Trininus, but do 2nd Laura's question...please believe I am just a "neighbor" that is honestly questioning/opinionating from a layperson's mind...OK...thank God, I am middle class, but through ex employer do have insurance (could I afford my RX coverage on my own? At 69, and on Medicare (& thanks to...the good times when employers offered supplemental insurance to their retired employees, do have coverage for Paregoric through my Dr)...but (as usual), I digress...question: could I trust the Paregoric I order through the mail? Is it legal to purchase it? Pls allow me to repeat: if I DIDN'T have insurance, my mind may be thinking along different lines, but...well, I guess the legality of purchasing it from another country comes to mind here too...but then, diarrhea (and a bad cough caused from whatever) is not fun to have, chronically, either...appreciate your input o this? Thanks~

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Laura Says:
Trininus, Thank you for the information, But how does that help the folks here in the US?

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