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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Demerol Overview

Demerol Addiction TreatmentDemerol is a prescription medication used for short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain. It may also be used before or during surgery (to support anesthesia), for pain relief during labor and delivery, or for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Demerol is a narcotic analgesic. It works in the brain and nervous system to decrease pain. Demerol is the brand name for the drug meperidine. Meperidine is a narcotic prescription as well as the only pain reliever medication in the opiate class. Demerol has typically been used by physicians to give to women during childbirth. This drug can serve other purposes, but is mostly used in hospitals and other inpatient facilities as it is easier to monitor patient intake. It has been approved for usage during childbirth by mothers because of this fact.

Demerol Signs of Abuse

Drug addiction is characterized by compulsive use, use for non-medical purposes, and continued use despite harm or risk of harm. Drug addiction is a treatable disease, utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach, but relapse is common. “Drug seeking” behavior is very common in addicts and drug abusers. Drug-seeking tactics include emergency calls or visits near the end of office hours, refusal to undergo appropriate examination, testing or referral, repeated “loss” of prescriptions, tampering with prescriptions and reluctance to provide prior medical records or contact information for other treating physician(s). “Doctor shopping” to obtain additional prescriptions is common among drug abusers and people suffering from untreated addiction.

Other signs:

  • Obsession with Demerol – People who are addicted to Demerol will become obsessed with the drug, constantly thinking and talking about the drug
  • Relationship loss – Demerol addicts will have difficulty in their personal life due to their incessant need for the drug
  • Attaining more Demerol – People addicted to Demerol may begin stealing or fraudulently acquiring the drug

Effects of Demerol Abuse

Abuse of Demerol poses a risk of overdose and death. This risk is increased with concurrent abuse of Demerol with alcohol and other substances. Due to the presence of talc as one of the excipients in tablets, parenteral abuse of crushed tablets can be expected to result in local tissuenecrosis, infection, pulmonary granulomas, and increased risk of endocarditis and valvular heart disease. In addition, parenteral drug abuse is commonly associated with transmission of infectious diseases such ashepatitis and HIV. Proper assessment of the patient, proper prescribing practices, periodic re-evaluation of therapy, and proper dispensing and storage are appropriate measures that help to limit abuse of opioid drugs.

Demerol Withdrawal Symptoms

If you suddenly stop taking Demerol, you may experience withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Appetite loss
  • Backache chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Fast heartbeat or breathing rate
  • Increased tears
  • Irritability muscle or joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Severe or persistent dizziness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness and yawning

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