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Im trying to do some research into possible long term effects of a sedative given to my sister as an infant. As the family lore goes, she wouldnt sleep for days until the Dr. gave her a Rx for a sedative - she slept for 2 days straight. Mom says it may have been Thor...something.

Anyone know?

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Most likely it was something called peragoric. According to my parents it was WONDERFUL stuff, and at first did not need a prescription, then they had to sign for it, then it was prescription only. Someone finally wised up that it was an opium derivitive.
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Most likely it was something called peragoric. According to my parents it was WONDERFUL stuff, and at first did not need a prescription, then they had to sign for it, then it was prescription only. Someone finally wised up that it was an opium derivitive.
Peragoric was very common at one time. My grandmother brags about her kids sleeping through the night at 2 weeks failing to realize it was because they were drugged with opium.

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Thorazine seems unusual, it's a "major tranquilizer" aka an anti-psychotic. It can be sedating, but it certainly wouldn't be something prescribed for a toddler. Paragoric seems more likely. Or even Benadryl
Diazapam or Phenobarbatol would be overkill, but of a lesser extent than Thorazine!
Valium would probably be inappropriate for a toddler.

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Peragoric was very common at one time. My grandmother brags about her kids sleeping through the night at 2 weeks failing to realize it was because they were drugged with opium.
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My aunt was given Phenobarbatol for her son when he was an infant. This was in the mid 80s.
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I get that this was the better living through science generation, and I can somewhat understand buying the formula is better line, but... drugging newborns?

Was this really common?

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Interesting. I remember my mom saying that my oldest brother had very bad colic and the dr gave them a medicine that would just knock him totally out. He was born in 1970 so maybe it was the same drug. I don't recall her ever mentioning the name and may not even remember it at this point.

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I get that this was the better living through science generation, and I can somewhat understand buying the formula is better line, but... drugging newborns?

Was this really common?
Not that I'm aware of. My brother was born in 1960. My first was born in 1978. I have never heard of drugging babies so they will sleep. Joy's ped. did suggest Benadryl for Joy so that she could sleep when her coughing was keeping her awake after being sick. But she was over 6 (can't remember her age but she was elementary school age and Angela was no longer an infant) at the time.

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My parents were offered some kind of sleep aid when I was an infant (1978). I've never gotten a straight answer as to whether they gave it to me, which leads me to believe that they probably did. Also, they have held a grudge against me for my entire life because I was such a difficult infant and toddler (prob what we on MDC would classify as high-needs.) TO THIS DAY they bring it up all the time to the extent that it is a sticking point in their relationship with dh. It is one of the big reasons that I practice AP and gentle night time parenting. All this by way of saying, yes there was such a drug and yes, lots of parents used it.
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My MIL is constantly telling me to ask the doctor for it, though she doesn't remember what "it" was called. I consider DS to be a very easy baby/toddler so this really ticks me off. She thinks we're nuts to take him on plane rides without doping him up.

And I have friends who said they always looked forward to the "special lemon drink" they got before road trips. (it was Neo Citrin!!!)

I hope you find out what your sister was given and that the info helps to answer your questions.

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It was probably peragoric.

I do know someone who had "special green milk" every night. Yeah. It was Nyquill mixed with milk. Those are some messed up parents. (and I can't even contemplate the flavor)
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Paragoric was what came to my mind. I know that it's use was pretty widespread.
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I also would guess paregoric. I think its still used to treat intestinal issues/diarrhea in adults.

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I have never heard of this before, it makes me sick.

I am constantly amazed at what the medical community is able to get away with.

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I do know someone who had "special green milk" every night. Yeah. It was Nyquill mixed with milk.
Holy CRAP!

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Most likely it was something called peragoric. According to my parents it was WONDERFUL stuff, and at first did not need a prescription, then they had to sign for it, then it was prescription only. Someone finally wised up that it was an opium derivitive.


My sister was colicky and my parents gave it to her. She was born in '74.
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According to my mom, she was prescribed Phenobarbitol for my "colic" as a baby. When my 2nd was having serious GI issues and her sleep was crap, she brought it up ALL THE TIME as a sure-fire solution. I was born in '74 as well.

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My aunt was given Phenobarbatol for her son when he was an infant. This was in the mid 80s.
My parents gave it to me in the 70's

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OMG people actually used to drug their babies to make them sleep thats awful.
I hated the fact that my daughter was given diazepam but she had been fitting for over 30 mins with no signs of coming round.

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I have never heard of this before, it makes me sick.

I am constantly amazed at what the medical community is able to get away with.
And what drs. allow parents to talk them into. It has always amazed me to hear mothers taking their sniffling kids to drs for a shot. The common cold can't be cured by a shot. I find so strange that otherwise intelligent women insist on antibiotics for everything. Now it's even put in hand soap.

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What I find amazing is that people like my g-ma were like this, but now she tells me that I drugged my babies by taking my post c/s pain meds and that I should give my DD ritalin because g-ma thinks she has ADD(she doesn't she's an active 3 year old). Oh I also drugged my son due to having to take migraine medication a few times during his pregnancy, the double standard is so awesome.

This thread makes me angry and sad.

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I was given Thorazine as a toddler when I had to have CT scans. It was part of the "kiddy cocktail" they used in the mid 80s at some hospitals. I was born in 1983, so probably around 1985 when I took it. It is actually now listed as an allergy in my medical records. I get funny looks anytime I recite my allergy list at a doctors office.

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Probably Peragoric -

I was born in 1976 and it was given to my parents to help me sleep when I was teething. :

To this day they will joke about it by name and say how wonderful it was. They love to talk about how I never slept as a baby. I'm willing to bet I slept pretty darn well on the nights they gave me peragoric!!!! Ugh.

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It was'nt just '' back then''. My first was born in '98, and her ped offered me paragoric because she has bad teething pain and sleep issues. Needless to say, we found another ped.
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I was given Peragoric as an infant for colic.

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At a playground a grandmother and myself were chatting and I mentioned how my dd never slept (later found out she had SPD). She told me to get Phenobarbatol....that is what she gave her kids and they were all great sleepers.
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It was'nt just '' back then''. My first was born in '98, and her ped offered me paragoric because she has bad teething pain and sleep issues. Needless to say, we found another ped.
In a small dose, is it in fact a bad idea for severe pain? I mean, kids do get narcotics of one sort or another when they are in severe pain.
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In a small dose, is it in fact a bad idea for severe pain? I mean, kids do get narcotics of one sort or another when they are in severe pain.
It is now a Schedule III controlled substance, but it is still in use are there are valid medical circumstances for its use. It is a fairly low dose narcotic and is used sometimes as a cough suppressant or for specific types of diarrhea. I think that there are a lot of less problematic drugs out there and its use is a lot less prevalent.
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I haven't heard of the drug but had to post...
My g-ma, and aunts on that side, just put some brandy in a bottle. You don't need a Rx for that....
my one aunt said it would knock her kiddos out for like 17 hours!...and she's proud to tell the story!!!!

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