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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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merrmerrboogles Says:
my husband is a dr. who used paregoric all the time in infants suffering with stomach pain. paregoric is tincture of opium just at a much lower dose.

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Kate W Says:
Betty, Your posts are very helpful and I am glad to know that this "wonder drug" is still available. My mom gave it to me for my regular "stomach aches" (in the 60's), then as a teenager I would take it preventively before any event or outing (horse shows, school functions, etc.) otherwise I was in the bathroom with cramps and awful diarrhea. I had forgotten how effective it was and now my 13 year old, who has IBS, is really suffering; I am definitely going to ask her pediatrician to give us an Rx for it! Thanks again for all the good info! Kate

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DanL Says:
Children's Tylenol works well. It takes only about 5 minutes to calm my son down after he takes it. The things you mentioned did not work for me either

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Betty Says:
Hi Lola and all... IS once again available! Thanks to several people on this website, pharmacies can once again order it from High Tech Pharmaceutcal...

You said the words right out of my mouth though...I'm 69 (wah) and remember having it as a child...many, many years for tummy problems...

From what I understand from all these postings it was "supply and demand" type thing...Drs started prescribing SUPPOSEDLY more sophisticated drugs (sub for Paregoric), and not Paregoric....didn't pay for manufacturer's to make it any more...

Then came news that if one has a RX, and there's a Compound Pharmacy close to you (or you could order by mail to reputable one), they would make up bottle for you...only thing against that, was one had to pay cash as most would not bill insurance...

Are you able to purchase it near you?


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Lola Says:
Leave it to FDA to screw up a good thing. I am 65 and I remember when you could buy paragoric across the counter. Then young people started abusing it. That's when it started selling as a narcotic and you had to sign for it with a valid ID. When people started abusing that system, you needed a prescription to buy it. Why take it off the market when your DR prescribes it for you.

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Betty Says:
Sam, Mare and all..

Sam? It IS once again available. There was a period of about 1-1/2 yr (or maybe a bit more) when no one would manufacture it. There's an outfit call Hi Tech Labs who made (and does again) it, but as it had not yet been officially EVER approved (I think it now has, but may be wrong about this) and there really is not a high demand (the old supply/demand theory), Drs have been prescribing other, new drugs as well as tincture of opium in lieu of it. There are many of us though who have this very, very embarrassing problem (diarrhea), have been on it for many years and have lived a "care free life" while taking it...when it last "disappeared" off the market, many of us spoke out, and wrote/called Hi Tech...and, alas, once again it is I making sense?

Mare! I so enjoy your posts too! I don't have the problem every day either but never know when it's going to hit...Pls, pls, keep us will make my day to read that you've found a Dr that will prescribe it for you!

Elizabeth (Betty)

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Sam Says:
I do not understand how you can get a prescription for
Paregoric ,and especially after reading all the messages from so many people that are truly suffering and can not find it anywhere? I believe 314Rat has the only true answer answer to why no one can purchase it anymore. So, we will just suffer on out of this life into our too familiar toilet bowls, ounce by ounce of diarrhea!

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Mare Says:
Betty/Elizabeth: What an awesome post. Thank you so much. Paregoric was available OTC when I was a child too and my Daddy used to get it and rub it on our gums as babies and when we had colic. I have been so busy working, etc. that I have not had time to research drs. here in Jax Beach, but I am going to. It really is embarrassing at work to have to "run" to the restroom several times a day. I have never been diagnosed with IBS, and I had a colonoscopy in December and the dr. did not mention any problem. But, my "problem" comes and goes and right now, it's HERE. My insurance RX coverage is not good but I would buy the paregoric if I could get a RX for it, no matter what the cost. I tried to find the dr. who prescribed it for me in the 1970s but he must have retired (or passed away) as I cannot find a listing for him. I agree with you--the tincture of opium sounds much more potent than paregoric and as long as you are careful to take just what your dr. prescribes, I'm sure it's fine. I would take that if I could get a dr. to prescribe. Thank you again for your great informative post. It really encourages me especially after today at work when I was not a happy camper. I am 4 years older than you are, so I was around when paregoric was "no big deal." I mean, no one worried about taking it and as far as I knew, no one became addicted.

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Elizabeth Lecat Says:
Hi Mare and all...

I live in California...

I was given Paregoric as a child by my parents for upset tummy, earaches, etc...

I've always had problems with my stomach but wasn't diagnosed with IBS until my first colonoscopy in the 1990's...

I am now 68, but as a child, Paregoric was available over the counter...

My family dr (and the one who prescribes it) is into holistic type treatments, as well as all the standard treatments his patients need...he has prescribed it for me for many years.

Over a year ago, it became unavailable...a lot of "us" suffering from tummy problems starting writing on this Site, complaining that it was no longer available.

I went to my gastroenterologist (at my family Doc's request) and he prescribed tincture of opium (which is about 10 times stronger than Paregoric) telling me that that was the closest to Paragoric he could prescribe. He also warned me that if if took more than a a dropper full of it "I could die"...scared the heck out of me, as I trust Paregoric...I know my system can handle it, and it indeed helps slow down my colon...

I do not work...w/o Paregoric, I do not feel safe away from home (or close to a bathroom)...

Due to the work of (especially) a couple of people on this website, the manufacturer (can't think of the name of them now...) started making Paregoric again, and it is once again available by RX...

It works. It truly works for my symptoms (and many more of us)...

It sounds (to my layperson's brain) like your Dr won't do a search (internet) to find out about Paregoric, as it's been around for so long...

My feelings are that if Doc's are worried about us becoming addicted to this stuff, wouldn't they worry a lot more about tincture of opium then Paregoric???

How frustrating for you to KNOW something works for you and being unable to find a Dr to prescribe it! I would think Florida has enough Senior Citizens that Drs would have many requests for it (Sr Citizens being those of us around long enough to have been treated with it for so many years...
Have you read all the past posts on this Site? The frustration so many of us went through while it was unavailable...and now we have the fear that it just might become, once again, unavailable, due to "lack of demand"...Many patients are on stronger medications to stop the diarrhea problems and have never even heard of our "licquid gold"...

I just wish I had an answer for you! Do you have RX coverage on your insurance? I know it's expensive (my insurance covers it, but the cost is over 100.00/bottle...)

I think...hmmmm....I would start with a gastroenterologist...tell him/her about your tummy problems, that you have had great success with Paregoric, and go from there? Even if you're not diagnosed with IBS, if you have problems with diarrhea, you must have a "nervous tummy"...

I hope this helps...please don't suffer or become more or less "house bound" when you know there's something that helps you!

Betty (Elizabeth)

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Mare Says:
What state do you live in, Betty/Eliz? I live in Florida but didn't want to call a bunch of drs. as they might think I am addicted to a narcotic and I have heard that paregoric is considered a narcotic. Whatever it is, it WORKS for diarrhea. I will research it more here in my city and see if I can find a dr.....Thanks.

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Elizabeth Lecat Says:
Hi Mare and all...

Mare? Gosh, there MUST be a Dr SOMEWHERE near you that will prescribe it? What if you called Drs offices and, before setting up a first consult appointment, ask if he will prescribe Paregoric?

I am able to obtain mine from private family Dr...

Wishing you the best,

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Mare Says:
Elizabeth and everyone: I am from the US. My dr. never heard of it and he's in his 50s. Go figure. He asked me what other names paregoric goes by and I didn't know. I read on this site that it is tincture of opium, or something like that. A dr. prescribed it for me in the 1970s for diarrehea but I haven't gotten it since. The anti diarreheals (wrong sp.) don't work well and a little paregoric is all you need. Bottom line. I can't find it in the US. My Daddy used to get it otc at a drugstore and just sign for it, but that was probably in the 30s or 40s in the US. I would like to get it from another country if possible as I just don't know how to get it in the US.

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Kathryn Hansen Says:
The issue of a doctor not prescribing is not terribly surprising. You have to realize that most of the young doctors practicing today were taught that there were alternatives to the basic problem in solving the diarrhea dilemma.

Unfortunately, many of the things do work for certain reasons for it, and not others. For those of us who grew up using it, and using it properly, we do know that Paregoric works for more of these causes.

Linda; do I know you from LHS in the valley of Cache?

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Elizabeth Lecat Says:
Linda, Mare and all...I am confused....are you from the US?
You are asking how to purchase paregoric in countries than US when it IS once again available it that you are unable to find a Dr that will give you a prescription for it? Thanks! Betty/Elizabeth (and good luck...I think it's HORRID if you are unable to find a Dr to prescribe it for you here!)

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Mare Says:
Could I write the Jamaica pharmacy you visited and ask them to mail paragoric to me? Do you happen to remember the name of the pharmacy you went into. I am not planning to visit Jamaica, Belize or Barbados anytime in the near future. I would like to call or write or email a pharmacy in one of those countries. Thank you.

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LindaMcDonaldHite Says:
Thank you for the information, all who have responded. It's nice to know it's available somewhere.

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angstfree18 Says:
is the same thing (if was a typo)

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angstfree18 Says:
My understanding if that Tincture of Opium and Paragoric is the SAME thing.

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JG3 Says:
The pharmaceutical company's CEOs are so greedy, that when they only line their pockets with $ from the pills that have a main ingredient made in nature( others companies can also make it), they had to invent man-purses so they could fit all the $ from the pills they reproduced synthetically. Getting all the profits and the patent allowing only them to sell that particular mix.

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Anne Says:
I can't tell you the specific name or phone number of a pharmacy that sells paregoric overseas. What I do know is this. When I was in Jamaica, I walked into a pharmacy and saw the bottles on the shelves. I asked for some of them and they gave it to me. It was very inexpensive, and very easy to get. I brought it back in my regular luggage and customs seemed not to have a problem with it. The same thing happened in Barbados and Belize. A doctor in any of these places will prescribe this medication for you if that makes you more comfortable.

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