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Demerol

( meperidine )

 

Demerol-Hydrochloride :

50 mg, 100 mg white, scored, round tablet

 

Demerol APAP :

50 mg pink / dark pink splotches tablet

 

Purpose

For relief of severe pain such as in cancer, heart attacks, kidney stones.

 

Indications

For temporary relief of severe pain, as with a bad fracture that has been immobilized.


Dosage

Various preparations come with 25 mg, 50 mg, or 100 mg of Demerol. One tablet every four hours for pain is a typical dose. Dose is increased for more severe pain and decreased for milder pain.


Side effects

Demerol is a major narcotic approximately equivalent to morphine in pain relief and in addiction potential. Tolerance develops and increasing doses may be required. Drug dependence and severe withdrawal symptoms may be seen if the drug is stopped. Psychological dependence also occurs. The underlying disease may be covered up and serious symptoms may be masked. Nausea, vomiting, constipation, and a variety of other side effects may occur.

 

Special hints

This is not a drug for the treatment of arthritis. Stay away from it.

         
         

     

         

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