Laudanum is an ancient drug that was the aspirin of the time. It is a liquid with an alcoholic tincture of opium. The whole thing is very addictive, it is difficult to get rid of it.
The laudanum comes from the opium poppy. It was prescribed in the case of extreme and recurrent diarrhea, as well as against chronic pain.
This drug was very effective and lasted from the 16th century until the 20th century.
Constitution: 85% alcohol, 10% opium powder, 5% saffron.
The etymology of the word comes from laudo, laudare which means to praise. Or ladanum which means cistus juice.
In the middle of the 20th century, the use of opium was limited. It was replaced by synthetic opioids, such as propoxyphene, oxymorphone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine. The advantage is that each of these opioids was intended for a type of pain. Then the laudanum was obsolete and will only be used in cases of acute diarrhea at the end of the 20th century.