Pantopon

1 What is Pantopon?

Brand: Pantopon

Generic: Opium

Pantopon is a narcotic used for the treatment of diarrhea. Prolonged use of this drug may cause mental or physical dependence.

Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal side effects if treatment is stopped suddenly but can be prevented by gradually reducing the dose over a period of time before treatment is stopped completely. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Pantopon, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. Studies in children regarding the correlation of age to the effects of opium tincture have not been performed. Use in children is not recommended.

Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of opium tincture. Adjustments in the dose of the elderly may be required since they are more likely to have age-related liver, lung, or breathing problems.

Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:

  • Naltrexone
  • Alfentanil
  • Anileridine
  • Bromazepam
  • Buprenorphine
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Flibanserin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Levorphanol
  • Meclizine
  • Meperidine
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Morphine Sulfate Liposome
  • Opium
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Propoxyphene
  • Remifentanil
  • Sufentanil
  • Suvorexant
  • Tapentadol

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • brain disease
  • breathing problems
  • drug dependence
  • head injuries
  • increased pressure in your head
  • liver disease
  • stomach or bowel bleeding
  • underactive thyroid
  • diarrhea

3 Proper Usage

To use Pantopon properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional.

Prolonged use of increased doses of this drug may cause mental or physical dependence or overdose. Take this drug orally and the amount you should take is to be measured with the special dropper provided with your prescription and diluted with water just before you take each dose.

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults with diarrhea are advised to take 0.6 milliliters four times a day. Use in children is not recommended. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Pantopon, there are some precautions you must take. Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug.

This drug will potentiate the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants such as:

  • Antihistamines or drugs for allergies or colds
  • sedatives, tranquilizers or sleeping drugs
  • other prescription pain drugs or narcotics
  • drugs for seizures or barbiturates
  • muscle relaxants or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics

Check with your healthcare professional before taking any of the drugs listed above while you are using this drug. Using more than your prescribed dose is not recommended even if you feel that the drug is not working as well to prevent any development of dependence.

Your healthcare professional may slowly taper the amount you are using before stopping it completely to reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms, such as abdominal or stomach cramps, anxiety, fever, nausea, runny nose, sweating, tremors, or trouble with sleeping.

Consult with your healthcare professional before you take any other prescription or nonprescription drugs, and herbal or vitamin supplements.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Pantopon. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty having a bowel movement
  • Hives or welts
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Or symptoms of overdose such as anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Blue lips and fingernails
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Chills
  • Cold sweats
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Constricted
  • Pinpoint, or small pupils
  • Cool, clammy skin
  • Coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
  • Depression
  • Difficult, fast, or noisy breathing
  • Sometimes with wheezing
  • Difficult or troubled breathing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position 
  • Drowsiness to profound coma
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Hallucination
  • Headache
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased sweating
  • Irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Lightheadedness
  • Mood or other mental changes
  • Nervousness
  • Nightmares
  • No blood pressure or pulse
  • No muscle tone or movement
  • Not breathing
  • Pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • Seizures
  • Shakiness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat
  • Slurred speech
  • Stopping of heart
  • Swelling in legs and ankles
  • Unconsciousness
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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