Last update Feb. 15, 2016

Common Poppy

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T ½ (elimination half-lives). Read the Comment.

Petals and herb seeds are used.
Components are: Isoquinoline alkaloids (Rhoeadine), polysaccharides and anthocyanins.
Attributed properties: antitussive and slightly sedative.
Indications according to the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: none.

At latest update no published data on excretion in breast milk were found.

It has been used since antiquity to sedate children in many cultures
Poisoning has occurred by using it.

Because of sedative properties only a moderate and occasional use would be compatible with breastfeeding, out of the neonatal period with close monitoring for the occurrence of sedation or loss of appetite by the infant.


We do not have alternatives for Common Poppy.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Other names

Common Poppy is also known as

Common Poppy in other languages or writings:


Common Poppy belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Common Poppy in its composition:


  1. Vanaclocha B, Cañigueral S. 1992 - - Disponible en: Consulted on Dec. 21, 2023 Abstract
  2. Günaydın YK, Dündar ZD, Çekmen B, Akıllı NB, Köylü R, Cander B. Intoxication due to Papaver rhoeas (Corn Poppy): Five Case Reports. Case Rep Med. 2015 Abstract
  3. Obladen M. Lethal Lullabies: A History of Opium Use in Infants. J Hum Lact. 2015 Abstract
  4. Kültür S. Medicinal plants used in Kirklareli Province (Turkey). J Ethnopharmacol. 2007 Abstract
  5. El-Masry S, El-Ghazooly MG, Omar AA, Khafagy SM, Phillipson JD. Alkaloids from Egyptian Papaver rhoeas. Planta Med. 1981 Abstract

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