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Laudanum is an alcoholic tincture of opium, sometimes sweetened with sugar and also called wine of opium. The 19th century was marked by the widespread use of laudanum as it was cheaper than a bottle of wine as it was not taxed as an alcoholic beverage. The addictive properties were not known.

Laudanum: alcoholic tincture of opium, sometimes sweetened with sugar (also called wine of opium). The century was marked by a widespread use: cheaper than a bottle of wine and not taxed as an alcoholic beverage. The addictive properties were not known.

Contained 65 mg of Morphine per fluid oz. The AMA recommended dosage of morphine for adults for pain relief: Oral, Sublingual, or Buccal: 5 to 30 mg every 3 to 4 hours as needed.

Winslow's syrup for babies not only soothed their teething pain but also put them to sleep, sometimes permanently. The product contained 65 mg of morphine per fluid ounce, along with sodium carbonate, spirits foeniculi and aqua ammonia.