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Patho, does opium itself cause the same sort of symptoms, or is it its own subject? I have my character Atlas who canonly fights a dependence on opium, but I skip it a lot because I don’t have this kind of amazing knowledge on the drug.
As far as I know, yes, straight opium and medications containing opium (like laudanum, for example) have the same side effects as opium derivatives, and also result in similar withdrawal effects if physical dependence or addiction is a factor. An opium overdose will also lead to the same problems you see with other narcotics.
One thing to consider with pure opium is that dosages are much harder to titrate, because the exact concentration of active ingredients can vary from preparation to preparation. Sometimes the effects will be a little stronger than usual, sometimes a little weaker. Pure opium is also weaker than the medications later derived from it, which is one of the reasons it was used medicinally and recreationally for centuries before people figured out how to synthesize morphine. It’s definitely possible to overdose on opium, because people very much did, both intentionally and unintentionally, but you would need a larger amount or a more concentrated form than you would for, say, a morphine overdose.