How To Detox From Demerol

The symptoms of Demerol withdrawal, unlike certain other drugs, are not dangerous. However, these symptoms can make getting through detox challenging, if not impossible, without medical management. Cravings and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms increase the chance of the patient relapsing and resuming drug use, so how can you successfully detox from Demerol?

How to detox from Demerol

Detoxing from Demerol is much like detoxing off other drugs. Your clinician will determine the best way to wean the body off its dependence on the drug in a gradual, phased approach. You may be prescribed medications to help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, and a nurse will monitor your progress and make adjustments to your medications as needed.

You may also be given NAD+ IV treatments to help boost cellular regeneration, further reduce withdrawal symptoms, and kick-start the recovery process.

What’s the timeline of Demerol detox?

The timeline for Demerol detox varies slightly from person to person based on the person’s drug use history, the strength of the doses used, health, metabolism, and more.

In general, however, Demerol withdrawal symptoms begin within 24 hours of the final dose. The detox process itself may last anywhere from one to two weeks, and potentially more if a person has a severe addiction.

Medically managed detox aims to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, improving patients’ comfort and enabling them to successfully complete the detox process.

Demerol withdrawal symptoms

Demerol withdrawal symptoms are similar to the withdrawal symptoms of other opioids and include, but are not limited to:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle and/or joint pains
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Elevated blood pressure

Symptoms of Demerol overdose

Demerol overdose is serious and requires immediate medical attention. Since Demerol is part of the opioid family, it works on the part of the brain that controls your respiration and heart rate. An overdose can depress both of these, potentially leading to permanent brain damage or death.

Symptoms of Demerol overdose include:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Coma or unconsciousness

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