Opium Side Effects

It is possible that some side effects of opium may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

Applies to opium: oral tincture

As well as its needed effects, opium may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking opium, check with your doctor immediately:

Incidence not known
  • Difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • hives or welts
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking opium:

Symptoms of overdose
  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • blue lips and fingernails
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • constricted, pinpoint, or small pupils (black part of eye)
  • 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 from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • 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 opium side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

Incidence not known
  • Itching skin
  • redness of skin
  • skin rash

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