What Is Demerol?

What is Demerol?

Demerol is the brand name of a pain relief drug known as meperidine. It is primarily used for short-term pain relief and may be prescribed to patients who cannot take other types of pain relievers for any reason.

Since meperidine isn’t absorbed well through oral ingestion, this drug is typically administered as a shot or intravenously. However, it is also available for use as a tablet or as a syrup.

Is Demerol a narcotic?

Yes, Demerol is a narcotic. It is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, which means that it has a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Can Demerol cause addiction?

Yes, Demerol is part of the opioid family and can cause addiction when it is not used as prescribed (for example, if a patient takes more than prescribed at one time or more frequently throughout the day).

In addition to the potential for addiction, misusing Demerol can cause a potentially fatal overdose, so it’s important to use this drug as prescribed by your physician.

What’s the use of Demerol?

Demerol is a pain reliever, so its main applications are in relieving short-term pain. It has been a mainstay of managing pain during labor, as well as following surgery.

Due to concerns about its safety, it has fallen out of favor as a primary pain relief option and is now used as a second-line treatment after standard pain relief medications.

What’s a normal Demerol dosage for pain relief?

The ‘normal’ dosage of Demerol depends on the way that it is administered. Oral tablets may contain 50 to 150 mg with a maximum dose of 600 mg per day.

How long can Demerol stay in your body?

Your body processes Demerol quickly, so the drug is typically eliminated from your system within 24 hours of use.

Does Demerol show on a drug test?

No, Demerol does not show up on standard drug panels. This drug contains synthetic opiates which do not metabolize to codeine, morphine, or 6-acetylmorphine, all of which would show up on a standard drug test. However, it may be detected by a specialized drug panel.

What are some common Demerol side effects?

Like all drugs, Demerol has the potential to cause side effects. These side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Headache

It’s important to contact your doctor if you experience any unusual side effects so that they can provide you with further guidance.

Can Demerol cause an allergic reaction?

Yes, Demerol can cause an allergic reaction if you are allergic to meperidine.

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