Laudanum is a tincture of opium – it’s a liquid mixture of opium and ethanol, better known as drinking alcohol. In modern times, it’s used to treat diarrhea, as pain relief, and managing withdrawal symptoms in babies born to mothers addicted to opioids.
Although available by prescription, the FDA has cracked down on its manufacture: bottles are often labeled with “POISON” and other warnings. Opium itself has been used as a painkiller for millennia. Highly addictive, opium is the source of all opioid drugs, natural and synthetic alike.
Laudanum addiction can be a serious issue to treat. Help from a clinical detox provider can make recovery from laudanum addiction and withdrawal both easy to bear and more successful.