Also sold under the generic name of meperidine, Demerol is used for relieving moderate to acute pain. The medicine is also used before and during surgery or other similar procedures. It belongs to a class of drugs which are called opioid analgesics and are same as morphines. The drug affects the Central Nervous System to change how your body responds and feels towards the pain.
The drug should not be used for treating long-term or incessant pain. The drug is to be used for the treatment of sudden attacks of pain. Demerol is used for the treatment of severe pain, labor pain, acute pain and additional local anesthesia.
This medicine is injected into veins, muscles or under the skin as directed by your physician. When the medicine is injected into vein, it is given very slowly. While injecting the medicine you should lie down to prevent the side effects like dizziness. The dosage is based on the medical condition of the patients, their response towards the treatment and the strength of the medicine. Like the other pain medicines, Demerol also works the best when taken with the first signs of the pain.
Do not crush or chew the tablet to avoid the potentially fatal dose. Just swallow the tablet as a whole with sufficient amount of water. Do not stop taking the medicine all of sudden as it could lead to unpleasant withdrawal reactions. The medicine is addictive and hence should not be taken by those who have history of drug abuse or addiction.
The medicine may cause a number of withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used on a regular basis, for a long time and in high doses. Watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, muscle aches, sweating, restlessness are some of the common withdrawal reactions. If you experience any of these withdrawal reactions, you should report to your doctor immediately. To prevent the withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce the dose slowly. When the medicine is used for a very long period it may not work effectively.
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