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Pantopon is a preparation of opiates made up of all of the alkaloids present in opium in their natural proportions as hydrochloride salts. It can sometimes be tolerated by persons who are allergic to morphine.

Pantopon is, in other words, opium with all of the tar and other insolubles removed in an injectable form which, by weight, is nearly as potent as morphine. It was invented in 1909 by the Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company. Other drugs of the same type have included opium alkaloid sulphates (Papaveretum), phosphates, and valerates.

Pantopon gave its name to the poem "Pantopon Rose" by the American writer William Burroughs [1] and to a song with the same name by the Northern Ireland alternative metal band Therapy? (which is included in their album "Troublegum", 1994). Pantopon also gave its name to the 1996 Mexican documentary "Rosa Pantopon".[2]

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  1. ^ "Pantopon Rose" by William Burroughs on Youtube
  2. ^ "Rosa Pantopon" on IMDB

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