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Demerol drug description
Demerol or Meperidine is an opioid drug used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is a strong prescription pain medicine for managing relief pain in the short term when you can not tolerate other pain treatments like non-opioid pain medicines.
Fact about Demerol
- If you have severe asthma or breathing difficulties, you should not use Demerol.
- Do not use Demerol if you used MAO inhibitors such as Isocarboxazid, Linezolid, Phenelzine, Methylene blue injection, Rasagiline, Selegiline, or Tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.
- Demerol can slow down or stop your breathing and may be habit-forming.
- Using this medicine during pregnancy may lead to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
- If you take Demerol with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow breathing, it can have fatal side effects.
What to know before taking Demerol?
- You should not use Demerol if you are allergic to Meperidine, have severe asthma or breathing problems, or have stomach or intestine blockages.
- If you have used MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days, do not use Demerol. There may be a dangerous drug interaction. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, injection of methylene blue, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine.
- To make sure Demerol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you ever had
- A head injury, brain tumor, or seizures
- Drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness
- Liver or kidney disease
- Sickle cell anemia
- Breathing problems, sleep apnea
- A blockage in your stomach or intestines
- Urination problems
- Problems in your gallbladder, adrenal gland, or thyroid
- Unnecessary curvature of the spine that affects breathing
- Your baby could become dependent on the medicine if you are using Demerol while you are pregnant. It can lead to life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal after birth in the baby.
- Do not breastfeed while taking Demerol. Meperidine can enter the breast milk and cause drowsiness, breathing difficulties, or death in a nursing baby.
How to take Demerol?
- Take Demerol as prescribed by your doctor. Follow your prescription label instructions and read all your medication guides. Never use Meperidine for longer than prescribed or in large amounts. Inform your doctor if you have an increased desire to use this medicine.
- Demerol may be habit-forming. Never give this medication to anyone else, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction.
- Take Demerol tablets by mouth.
- Demerol injection is administered as an infusion into a vein or an injection into a muscle or the skin. A healthcare provider will administer this injection.
- If you stop taking this medication abruptly after a long period of use, you may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Inquire with your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this medication.
- Never crush or break a Demerol tablet to inhale the powder or mix it with a liquid to inject it into your vein. The misuse of prescription drugs has resulted in death as a result of this practice.
- Do not keep unused Demerol tablets. A single dose of this medication can be fatal if taken incorrectly or accidentally.
Demerol side effects
- Opioid medicine can slow down or stop your breathing and may cause death. If you have to breathe with long pauses, blue lips or are difficult to wake up, someone caring for you should seek emergency medical attention.
- Some common side effects of Demerol may include
- Dizziness, drowsiness
- Nausea, vomiting
“Stop using Demerol and call your doctor immediately if you have”
- Slow heartbeats, weak or shallow breathing, breathing that stops during sleep
- Confusion, mood changes
- Muscle movements you cannot control, tremors, or a seizure (convulsions)
- Extreme drowsiness
- Severe constipation