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What is Demerol

Demerol is an opioid pain medicine An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

This medicine is a strong prescription pain medicine that is used to relieve short-term pain when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicine do not treat your pain well enough or you are unable to handle the pain. 

This is a drug that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is blind to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. This is the type of analysis agent and a type of opioid. Also called meperidine hydrochloride.

Important Information  

Demerol is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It is a drug known as the opioid is the same as morphine. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to the pain. This is not able to be used for long-term or ongoing pain. It can be used suddenly for severe pain.

What to know before taking Demerol

You must not use Demerol if you are allergic to the meperidine, or if you have:

  • Severe asthma or having a breathing problem or 
  • A blockage in your stomach or in the intestines 

Do not use Demerol if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days.

Before taking this medicine make sure that you didn’t have these all:

  • A head injuries 
  • Liver or kidney disease 
  • A sickle cell anemia 
  • Urination problem 

How to take Demerol  

Before taking Demerol, ask your doctor if this is suitable for you or not. Follow the direction on your prescription label and read all the medication guidance. Never use Demerol in large quantities.

Demerol may create the habit-forming, even at regular doses. Never share this medicine with another person. Especially the people who have a history of drug abuse and addiction.

Do not stop using this medicine suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor when I have to avoid or use this medicine.

Demerol tablets are taken by the mouth.

Do not break the tablet of Demerol to take in the powder form or by mixing into the water it causes death if you misuse the prescription.

Demerol injection is given as an infusion into a vein or injected into the muscle or under the skin. Healthcare provided for the injection.

Demerol Dosage


50 mg to 150 mg given 3 to 4 hours as needed 

Maximum dosage:600 mg per day 

50 mg to 150 mg is given when IM administration is preferred when the repeated doses are required.

This drug is not used as an analgesic in infants, children, and those who have acute vaso-occlusive crisis pain associated with sickle-cell disease.

Due to the risk of addiction, abuse, and misuse this drug is kept for the reserved patients for whom alternative treatment options.

This drug is not used for the treatment of chronic pain.

The management of pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for the treatment are inadequate.


If someone has an overdose and has serious symptoms like breathing then give him naloxone if available.

This medication has been prescribed for your current situation. Do not use it later for other conditions unless your doctor advises.  

 Here is some symptom of overdose:

  • Slow breathing or heart rate 
  • Cold and clammy skin 
  • Blue-colored skin or lips 
  • Fainting or coma 

What to avoid while using Demerol

Do not drink alcohol. It has dangerous effects or it may cause death due to the combination of alcohol with meperidine.

Do not drive or any activity which is hazardous for you opens with you.

The medicine affects you then dizziness and drowsiness cause falls and accidents hap

Demerol side effects

If your allergic reaction to Demerol then a problem in breathing, swelling on your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Opioid medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and death will happen. 

Stop using this medicine and consult with a doctor if u have :

  • Slow heartbeat, weak or shallow breathing
  • Confusion, mood changes.
  • Severe constipation
  • Tremors, muscle movement which you can not
  • Low cortisol levels
  • Headache, vomiting, or
  • Sweating 

What drug can interact with Demerol

Drug interaction can change how your medication works or increase your risk for serious side effects. This does not collect all possible drug interactions.

Do not stop or change the dosage of any medicine without your doctor’s approval.

The risk of serious side effects like shallow breathing, severe may increase if this medication is used with other products that may also cause drowsiness or breathing problems. Tell your doctor if you are taking other products such as opioid pain or cough relievers, drugs for sleep or anxiety, muscle relaxants, or antihistamines.

Check all labels on all your medicines because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your doctor to use those products safely.

Other medications can affect the removal of meperidine from your body which may affect how meperidine from your body, which may affect how meperidine works.

This medication may interfere with certain laboratory test results.