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Laudanum is a non-scientific common name that may refer to a number of plant species and varieties.


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Historical Use of Laudanum

Laudanum in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Laudanum in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "Opium was recommended in epilepsy by Parcelsus and by Crato and Quercetanus in the sixteenth century, and De Haen published a case in which large doses of laudanum, taken on the occurrence of the warning of a fit, cut short the attacks and cured the disease. It has, for the most part, given place to other remedies. Its alkaloid, morphia, has been advocated by Dr. Radcliffe, and I have employed it in a considerable number of cases. Now and then it is certainly effective, but much more frequently in hysteroid cases than in epilepsy. The exact nature of the attacks in the following case is a matter of some doubt, whether they were those of minor epilepsy or purely hysteroid; but morphia was more effectual than bromide in arresting them."
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Primary Source: Gowers, WR. Epilepsy and other chronic convulsive diseases. New York. William Wood & Company. 1885. p. 225.


Synonymns for Laudanum

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Laudanum

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Laudanum in the Treatment of Epilepesy

Basic Science

Animal Studies

Cohort, Case-Control and Non-Randomized Trials

Randomized Controlled Trials


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Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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