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Papaveretum (BAN) is a preparation containing a mixture of hydrochloride salts of opium alkaloids. Since 1993, papaveretum has been defined in the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) as a mixture of 253 parts morphine hydrochloride, 23 parts papaverine hydrochloride, and 20 parts codeine hydrochloride (Sweetman, 2004). It is commonly marketed under the trade name Omnopon®.
Although relatively uncommon, with the wide availability of single-component opiates and synthetic opioids, papaveretum is still used for moderate to severe pain and for pre-operative sedation. In the clinical setting, papaveretum is usually given by the subcutaneous, intramuscular or intravenous routes.
- Edited by Sean C. Sweetman, ed. (November 30, 2004). Martindale: The complete drug reference (34th edition ed.). London: Pharmaceutical Press. ISBN 0-85369-550-4.