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Brand & Generic Names

Brown Mixture
Camphorated Opium Tincture
Opium Tincture

Basic Information

  • Habit forming? Yes
  • Prescription needed? Yes
  • Available as generic? Yes
  • Drug class: Narcotic, antidiarrheal


    Reduces intestinal cramps and diarrhea.

Dosage & Usage Information

How to take:
Drops or liquid--Dilute dose in beverage before swallowing.

When to take:
As needed for diarrhea, no more often than every 4 hours.

If you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember. Wait 4 hours for next dose.

What drug does:
Anesthetizes surface membranes of intestines and blocks nerve impulses.

Time lapse before drug works:
2 to 6 hours.

Don't take with:
Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.


Deep sleep; slow breathing; slow pulse; flushed, warm skin; constricted pupils.


  • Dial 911 (emergency) or O (operator) for an ambulance or medical help. Then give first aid immediately.
  • If patient is unconscious and not breathing, give mouth-to- mouth breathing. If there is no heartbeat, use cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth breathing (CPR). Don't try to make patient vomit. If you can't get help quickly, take patient to nearest emergency facility.
  • See EMERGENCY Information.

Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects


    In case of overdose, see Overdose section.


    Dizziness, flushed face, unusual tiredness, difficult urination.


    Severe constipation, abdominal pain, vomiting.


  • Hives, rash, itchy skin, slow heartbeat, irregular breathing.
  • Depression.

Warnings & Precautions

Don't take if:
You are allergic to any narcotic.

Before you start, consult your doctor:
If you have impaired liver or kidney function.

Over age 60:
More likely to be drowsy, dizzy, unsteady or constipated.

Risk to unborn child outweighs benefits. Don't use.

Drug filters into milk. May depress infant. Avoid.

Infants & children:
Use only under medical supervision.

Prolonged use:
Causes psychological and physical dependence.

Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
Don't drive or pilot aircraft until you learn how medicine affects you. Don't work around dangerous machinery. Don't climb ladders or work in high places. Danger increases if you drink alcohol or take medicine affecting alertness and reflexes, such as antihistamines, tranquilizers, sedatives, pain medicine, narcotics and mind-altering drugs.

May be unnecessary to finish medicine. Follow doctor's instructions.

Great potential for abuse.

Possible Interaction with Other Drugs

------------------------ -----------------------
Analgesics* Increased analgesic effect.
Antidepressants* Increased sedation.
Antihistamines* Increased sedation.
Carteolol Increased narcotic effect.
Dangerous sedation.
Central nervous system Increased central nerve system
(CNS) depressants* depression.
Clozapine Toxic effect on the central nervous
Ethinamate Dangerous increased effects of
ethinamate. Avoid combining.
Fluoxetine Increased depressant effects of
both drugs.
Guanfacine May increase depressant effects of
either medicine.
Leucovorin High alcohol content of leucovorin
may cause adverse effects.
Methyprylon May increase sedative effect to
dangerous level. Avoid.
Mind-altering drugs* Increased sedation.
Nabilone Greater depression of central
nervous system.
Narcotics, other* Increased narcotic effect.
Phenothiazines* Increased sedative effect of
Sedatives* Excessive sedation.
Sleep inducers* Increased effect of sleep inducers.
Sotalol Increased narcotic effect.
Dangerous sedation.
Tranquilizers* Increased tranquilizer effect.

Possible Interaction with Other Substances

--------------- ---------------
Alcohol: Increases alcohol's intoxicating
effect. Avoid.
Beverages: None expected.
Cocaine: None expected.
Foods: None expected.
Marijuana: Impairs physical and mental
Tobacco: None expected.

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