An alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium and formerly used as a narcotic painkiller.
- Doctors would give babies phenobarbital for colic and laudanum (a form of opium) for teething.
- She took laudanum for this, as was the fashion, a habit that brought her to the attention of a fellow poet, the opium addict Coleridge.
- Any painkillers containing opiates, such as laudanum, were out of the question until the concussion went away.
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