Where To Purchase Paregoric

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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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Jim Says:

I have been on paregoric therapy for at least 18 years myself. (not to mention Sandostatin, Lomotil & Pamine) Have had occasions the past few years when it was not available, and now I am told the manufacturer has discontinued it. (royal pain) so Dr has now RXd tincture of opium - much less to take, but the stuff tastes like cat s**t (not that I ever tasted cat s**t) - I was hoping to find paregoric again, maybe from Canada - I'm still looking - let me know if ya wanna chat more & / or if you find a source. Would be nice to get out of the house again! Thanks bud - Jim

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jan hodes Says:

Thanks for your reply. I called Canada, and they don't have it either. My doc says Immodium works well, and can be used every morning, whether or not there is diarrhea.

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Jim Says:

Thanks - Immodium is only an "add-on" for me - I am already on Lomotil, Pamine & Sandostatin - they tried to put me on Opium Tincture, but that stuff tastes like cat s**t! (not that I've tasted cat s**t, but you get the idea) - was hoping there were other pharmacies that could obtain paregoric, since I've been taking it for so may years - thanks for your feedback buddy!

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Verwon Says:

Since it was Opium based, Paregoric has been removed from the market, by orders of the FDA. They considered the amount it contained to be unsafe.

Many people have said it was the only thing that helped their issues and several doctors and pharmacists have reported that there is nothing comparable available.

I am very sorry and wish I had better news for you.

As to where else it may be available, I have no idea.

I know Canada has also done away with it, but I do not have much information available for other countries.


Are there any comments or questions?

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Jim Says:

Thanks to all of you that replied. Maybe there will be a new medication available before long. From what I understand, the only med comparable to paregoric is Tincture of Opium, which is what my doctor has me on now. It is much stronger than paregoric, and obviously opium-based, so I'm at a loss as to why this is available and paregoric is not! Go figure... Thanks again & good luck to all. - Jim

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Laws Says:

Why are they taking paregoric out of the drug stores? Is this temp or is it off completely?

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monica Says:

Please help me. When you obtain tincture of opium who is your drug insurance carrier . My sister is a Ca survior and is treater with tinc of opium. Now her insurance won't cover it. MD started her on Paregoric and she can't get it. My name is Monica. I am a seasoned nurse trying to help her sister

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GKL1961 Says:

I have used paregoric off and on for nearly 50 years since the day I was born for pain in the bowels. Since they have taken it off the market.; there have been days I have been in so much pain I nearly pass out. I also use lomotil, but that does not help with the pain. Any ideas or help will be appreciated.

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GKL1961 Says:

My insurance did not cover it as well. I had to pay nearly 100 a month for it when I got it. I do not think any insurance company will cover it.

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Ishmael Says:

You can always buy dried poppy pods and create your own.

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Scott Says:

F*** the FDA, they think there so damn smart!! This stuff is liquid gold and is the only thing that provided me relief with my UC! They probably want us to subscribe to taking more meds that are more expensive!!

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Trini Says:

My mom has always given me paragoric with honey for colds and I was looking for it in the US without luck. I was able to get her to ship some from a pharmacy in my country Trinidad. Hope this helps someone

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bunni Says:

does the generic paregoric help? How much does it cost. My life was taken away when the FDA banned this drug. I now take so many different medicines each day just to do what one capful of paregoric did.

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314Rat Says:

Paregoric and so many other compounds have ceased to exist for a plethora of reasons all involve control issues and money.
Being a chronic pain sufferer I understand your conundrum and frustration. It has taken me over ten years to play the system and the aid of a knowledgable and compassionate doctor, they too are becoming extinct, to get as far as I have.

Control: if some bureaucrat has a “little†bit of power they will milk it to the ends of time to get their “control fixâ€. Anything that comes from “thebain†is scrutinized to the N-th degree of ridiculous, simply “because they canâ€. The people with the knowledge are told to dummy up and not encourage anyone or thing that could be politically embarrassing to the powers that be. Thus starts the bribery and mutual back scratching.

Money: It costs you a “filling fee†every time you go into a pharmacy with an Rx, usually worth more than the cost of the drug its self. And that's just to count out pills etc. (Around here approximately eighteen dollars per Rx.)
If they had to stop (as in days of old) and prepare a “compound†like paregoric for you then something else for Joe down the road, their fast buck would not exist.

The pharmaceutical giants can't ask ridiculous sums for non or off patent products. That's why they all hate mother nature. Be glad you can still buy ASA for under a buck per hundred. Sure beats boiling up willow bark.

So you and I are the pons caught up between greed and bureaucracy, oh yes the fact that we are suffering to whatever degree is totally irrelevant. Just so long as the stock prices remain high and the rich get richer.
I hope you cannot detect too big a hint of sarcasm or bitterness in there, god forbid.

If you have any chemistry back ground or knowledge there are ways to get around patents etc. for what you require. Seeing as the doctor is willing to prescribe opiates for you “learn to cook†to make something more palatable to you from what he prescribes for you. And you can drop the dosage to what is more comfortable for you. Your tincture is a great starting point.

Fortunately we, so far we have a wonderful knowledge base at our finger tips, use it well and often my friend. Particularly before some damned bureaucrat decides to legislate intelligence and learning illegal as weapons of mass destruction and they abolish the internet.

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Summer Lee Says:

I have also been looking for paregoric for my 4 month old son who is teething. My doctor wishes that it was still available because it worked wonders when used right. Does anyone know any other tricks that would work well for my son? I have tried teething tablet, oralgel, an all natural teething drops, frozen pacifiers and teething toys and nothing has worked thus far. HELP PLEASE :)

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Rita Says:

I am at the end of my paragoric on hand that I have been using for years. I use it only if I really need to and not more than once or twice a week, if that. But it works every time to stop my issues. I do not abuse it and what I have left is old but still works. Just knowing It is with me helps stop the nerves that cause my problems. I had my new doc write me a scrip but cann't find it. I just hope that when what I have is gone, that I still can get out and not stress out and into uncontrolable sh********

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Gypsy Says:

If you need paregoric for IBS, the only place I found it was in Brazil and I've been getting 2 one ounce bottles from friends who have travelled there. It's legal there and no rx needed. However, if someone in Brazil gets an rx from a local Brazilian doctor it can be mailed here. Only 2 one ounce bottles can be brought out or mailed at a time. The cost is about $5.00 per ounce and it can also be bought at the airport. I'll collect as many as can get just to secure in knowing that when I get those debilitating stomach pain, a teaspoon of paregoric stops the pain within less than an hour, with no after affects.

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Gypsy Says:

If you need paregoric for IBS, the only place I found it was in Brazil and I've been getting 2 one ounce bottles from friends who have travelled there. It's legal there and no rx needed. However, if someone in Brazil gets an rx from a local Brazilian doctor it can be mailed here. Only 2 one ounce bottles can be brought out or mailed at a time. The cost is about $5.00 per ounce and it can also be bought at the airport. I'll collect as many as can get just to be secure in knowing that when I get those debilitating stomach pain, a teaspoon of paregoric stops the pain within less than an hour, with no after affects.

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Gypsy Says:

It can be bought in Brazil without prescription. If you have a friend in Brazil that can obtain a prescription from a Brazilian doctor, they can then mail it to you. If not, take a vacation and go to Brazil.

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Carole Wood Says:

If you don't know anyone in Brazil and can't afford to go there, does anyone know of any particular doctors that will ship it to you? I can get a prescription for it. Have taken it for 50 years and feel like everyone of you out there that feel helpless without it.

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