Pethedine or Meperidine is known by its many brand names. However, Pethedine is known to many as Meperidine Demerol or Demerol® alone. In the year 1930, Demerol was introduced as a potent analgesic. It was manufactured by Sanofi-Synthelabo, Inc. During its early years, Demerol was used to relieve muscle spasms. However, experts discovered that Demerol contains analgesic properties that can be used to treat or relieve pain. It is considered as fast-acting opioid analgesic drug. The effect that is produced by Demerol to our body is almost similar to morphine. However, many experts say Demerol is safer and carries less risk of addiction than morphine. By the turn of the 20th century, Pethedine became the drug of choice by many physicians. Today Pethedine is available in many forms, such as hydrochloride tablets, syrups, and also injectable.
Demerol® | Use & Abuse
Content of Demerol:
Demerol is the trade name for meperidine hydrochloride. A kind of drug which consists of ethyl 1-methyl-4-phenylisonipecotate hydrochloride. It looks like a white crystalline substance that is soluble to water. Meperidine is completely synthetic and is bitter to the taste.
Proper use of Demerol: The responsible use of Demerol is strongly required by the doctors to be able to avoid misuse and abuse. Here are some steps on how to use Demerol properly:
Advice from an expert is strongly needed. If you don’t understand the directions given, do not hesitate to ask again. Always remember that Demerol is not an ordinary drug. Take Demerol exactly as directed by your doctor.
Each dose must be taken with a full glass of water.
If taking Demerol causes stomach upset, take it with food or milk.
Always make sure to measure the syrup with dose-measuring spoon or cup before taking it.
In case you are using Demerol injectable, ask your healthcare provider the detailed instructions on how to prepare and to store the drug. Your healthcare provider will be the one to administer the injection of Demerol.
If Demerol doesn’t take effect as desired, ask your doctor immediately. Do not take Demerol more than the doctors’ prescription.
Ask for your doctor’s advice in case you experience withdrawal effects.
In case that you feel that Demerol addiction is taking place, do not think twice to ask your doctor. Only an expert could help you to resolve this kind of situation.
Never share this medication to anyone. Only the doctors have the right to prescribe Demerol.
Always keep Demerol in a safe place, far from the reach of children.
Store Demerol at room temperature away from heat.
Addiction of Demerol: Upon the mishandling of Demerol, addiction takes place. Addiction, like all of us know, is a very serious problem that needs treatment. Demerol, like any addictive drugs, can cause fatal illness and problems to our body. If Demerol is abused, death may take place. Although it was stated above that Demerol is less addictive compared to others, improper use of Demerol can still lead to addiction. Too much drug interactions can be dangerous especially without the guide of an expert or doctor. Addiction to Demerol can be divided into two, one is the Physical dependency and the other is the Psychological addiction. Both of these addictions are deadly. Side effects of Demerol Addiction include:
biliary tract spasm
Conclusion: Addiction to Demerol, like other opiate drugs, can be treated . All of its effects can be avoided if we just know the right place to go. Detoxification processes require a minimum of 24 hours and up to 2 days of staying inside the facility to help you acclimate. Amiodarone is also another option of detoxifying Pethedine Demerol in our body. It helps us to reduce the withdrawal effects suffered by our body in the process of treatment.
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