Demerol Side Effects

Demerol, the brand name for meperidine, is included in the class of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers. Used to treat moderate to severe pain, Demerol can cause a number of side effects as well as physical and psychological dependence, overdose and withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use. Combining Demerol with alcohol can have severe, even fatal, consequences. Demerol can also affect thinking and reaction time so caution should be taken when driving, handling machinery or performing other tasks that require alertness. Demerol should be taken exactly as prescribed to be safe and avoid complications. The drug’s label and packaging detail information on safe use, possible interactions, allergic reactions, overdose, dependence, withdrawal symptoms and side effects.

Possible Side Effects of Demerol

Some of the more commonly reported side effects associated with Demerol can include headache, mood changes, dry mouth, ringing in the ears, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and blurred vision. One of the most common symptoms typical of opiate use is constipation. It can be mild or more severe in nature if a blockage develops. Overdose is also a possibility for those who use the drug for legitimate reasons and those who abuse it. Symptoms can include extreme drowsiness, fainting, nausea, sweating, muscle weakness, pupil dilation, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), confusion, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, depressed heart rate, coma, blue lips and shallow breathing. Drowsiness can be magnified by patients who take it with alcohol, other narcotics, allergy medication, sleeping pills and other substances. Seek help immediately if you experience any of these symptoms of allergic reaction: rash, wheezing, difficult breathing, closing of the throat, hives or swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat.

Waismann Method: Where to Turn for Demerol Addiction

For more than a decade, The Waismann Method of rapid detox has successfully treated Demerol addiction without opiate substitutes like Suboxone and Subutex. In the majority of our patients, addiction developed after legitimate pain prompted a prescription from a medical professional. Our program includes an in-hospital procedure that uses medication to cleanse the drug from patients’ opiate receptors. They sleep lightly under deep sedation for a short time and awake without the conscious awareness of the withdrawal symptoms that occurred while they were out. We manage the accelerated withdrawal phase so effectively that patients can recover more quickly and thoroughly. Demerol addiction can be treated in a matter of days with our program, and patients can choose to move onto our Domus Retreat aftercare facility. Here, they can take advantage of therapeutic and spa-like services such as nutritional support from a personal chef, biofeedback, massage and individual and group therapy.

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