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Demerol Medication - Uses & Side Effects

meperidine
Pronunciation: me PER i deen
Brand: Demerol

Demerol is in a class of drugs Known as narcotic analgesics. Demerol, a narcotic analgesic, is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain.

Demerol Dosage

  • The usual dosage of demerol is 50 milligrams to 150 milligrams every 3 or 4 hours.
  • For children, the usual dosage is 1.1 milligrams to 1.8 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight, and you should be taken every 3 or 4 hours, as determined by your doctor.
  • Never take more meperidine than is prescribed. If the pain is not being adequately treated, talk to your doctor.

Uses of Demerol

  • Demerol is used to treat moderate-to-severe pain.
  • Demerol may also be used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Demerol

Before taken Demerol medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Demerol. Side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Sedation
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Demerol

  • You should tell your doctor your medical history, especially if you have asthma, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, depression, drug dependency, drug or alcohol abuse, enlarged prostate, acute stomach/intestinal disease, or any drug allergies.
  • You should also tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially other pain relievers; antidepressants; cough, cold, and allergy products; and vitamins.
  • After taken this drug, it may make you drowsy. So do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
  • Do not take meperidine without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Demerol with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Demerol with the following:

  • Acyclovir (Zovirax)
  • Buprenorphine
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • General anesthetics such as Halothane or Versed
  • Major tranquilizers (phenothiazines) such as Mellaril and Thorazine
  • Nalbuphine
  • Other narcotic painkillers such as Percocet and Tylenol with Codeine
  • Pentazocine
  • Ritonavir (Norvir)
  • Sleep aids such as Ambien and Sonata
  • Tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium
Overdose

After taken Demerol if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Demerol overdose may include:

  • Slow breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Tiredness
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Small pupils


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