paregoric


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paregoric

(pâr'əgôr`ĭk), alcoholic solution of opium and camphor first prepared in the 18th cent. Because of the constipating effect of opium, paregoric has been used to control diarrhea. It was formerly a constituent of many cough elixirs.

paregoric

[¦par·ə¦gȯr·ik]
(pharmacology)
Camphorated opium tincture, a preparation of opium, camphor, benzoic acid, anise oil, glycerin, and diluted alcohol; used mainly as an antiperistaltic.
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PAREGORIC A Medicine that soothes pain B Disinfectant C A mysterious preparation who am I?
They could get all the opium they wanted by buying laudanum or paregoric over the counter at the local pharmacy without any hard-to-obtain "doctor's prescription," or by purchasing Mother McCree's Soothing Syrup, which was advertised for teething pain in infants and contained plenty of opiates.
This is especially true in the case of Mexico where, except for the generalized deletion of syllable/word final 's' and 'r' in Costa Chica and Veracruz, only paregoric vowels are still found in some areas.
The opium poppy yields morphine codeine and paregoric a treatment for diarrhea Laudanum a tincture of the opium poppy was the favored tranquilizer in Victorian times.