What is Demerol?
Demerol is a prescription pain reliever that helps manage short-term pain relief when other pain relievers, such as non-opioid pain relievers, are ineffective or are not tolerated.
Do not use Demerol if you have severe asthma or breathing problems.
If you have recently taken an MAO inhibitor like isocarboxazid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, or tranylcypromine, do not take Demerol.
Demerol has the potential to slow or stop your breathing and may become habit-forming.
This medication may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn if used during pregnancy.
Demerol can have fatal side effects if combined with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow breathing.
What to know before taking Demerol?
Do not use Demerol if you are allergic to meperidine or if you have:
- breathing problems or severe asthma
- a blockage in your intestines or stomach
If you have used MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days, do not take Demerol. A dangerous drug interaction may occur. Examples of some MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine.
To make sure Demerol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures
- breathing problems, sleep apnea
- drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness
- a blockage in your intestines or stomach
- urination problems
- liver or kidney disease
- problems with your gallbladder, adrenal gland, or thyroid
- sickle cell anemia
- abnormal curvature of the spine that affects breathing
If you use Demerol while pregnant, your baby may become dependent on it. This may result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth. Babies born dependent on opioids may require medical care for several weeks.
While taking Demerol, do not breastfeed. Meperidine can enter the breast milk and cause drowsiness, breathing difficulties, or death in a nursing baby.
How to take Demerol?
Take Demerol as directed by your doctor. Read all medication guides and follow the directions on your prescription label. Never take meperidine in larger doses or for a longer time than prescribed. Inform your doctor if you have an increased urge to take more of this medication.
Take Demerol tablets orally. You can buy Demerol online from a trusted website.
Demerol injection is used as an infusion into a vein or as an injection into a muscle or under the skin. A healthcare provider may provide you 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 stopping this medication.
Do not crush or break a Demerol tablet to inhale the powder or mix it with a liquid to inject the drug into your vein. The misuse of prescription drugs has resulted in death as a result of this practice.
Demerol is a highly addictive drug, and you should be aware if anyone is abusing your medication or taking it without a prescription. You can order Demerol online with a prescription.
Do not keep any unused Demerol tablets. A single dose of this medication can be fatal if taken incorrectly or accidentally.
Usual Adult Dose for Pain:
Take 50 mg to 150 mg orally every 3 to 4 hours as needed.
The maximum dose is 600 mg per day.
An overdose of meperidine can be fatal, especially in children or others who use the medication without a prescription. The overdose symptoms may include slow breathing and heart rate, severe drowsiness, muscle weakness, cold and clammy skin, blue-colored skin or lips, fainting, or coma.
What to avoid while using Demerol?
Do not consume alcohol while using Demerol. When alcohol and meperidine are combined, serious side effects or death can occur.
Avoid driving or engaging in dangerous activities until you understand how this medicine will affect you. Falls, accidents, and severe injuries can all result from dizziness or drowsiness.
Demerol side effects
Some common Demerol side effects may include:
- dizziness, drowsiness
- nausea, vomiting
Opioids can slow or stop your breathing, resulting in death. If you have conditions such as slow breathing with long pauses, blue-colored lips, or are difficult to wake up, someone caring for you should seek emergency medical attention.
Stop using Demerol and contact your doctor right away if you have:
- severe drowsiness
- confusion, mood changes
- slow heartbeats, weak or shallow breathing, breathing that stops during sleep
- severe constipation
- tremors, muscle movements you cannot control, or a seizure or convulsions
- low cortisol levels- symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness, or weakness
If you develop symptoms of serotonin syndrome like agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, seek medical help right away.
Serious side effects may be more common in older people and those who are malnourished or disabled.
Long-term opioid use can affect men’s and women’s fertility (ability to have children). The long-term effects of opioids on fertility are unknown.
What drugs can interact with Demerol?
If you start or stop taking other medications, you may experience breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms. If you are taking an antibiotic, antifungal medication, heart or blood pressure medication, seizure medication, HIV or hepatitis C medication, tell your doctor.
Combining MAO inhibitors with this medication may lead to a serious drug interaction. Therefore, during treatment with this medication, do not take MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, tranylcypromine. Avoid MAO inhibitors for two weeks before starting this treatment.
Other medications may interfere with the removal of meperidine from your body, affecting how meperidine works. Some of the examples of these medicines include:
- azole antifungals (such as ketoconazole)
- macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin)
- rifamycins (such as rifabutin)
- seizure medications (such as carbamazepine and phenytoin).
Opioids can interact with many other medicines and cause dangerous side effects or death. Tell your doctor if you also use the following medicines:
- sedatives like Valium - diazepam, alprazolam, Xanax, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Versed, and others
- other narcotic medications - opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine
- drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body - a stimulant or medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting
- drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing - a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, medicine to treat mood disorders or mental illness