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What are the side effects of demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) use, abuse?

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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management 19 years experience
Many: Opioids cause sedation, nausea, itchiness, constipation, respiratory depression, and death in large doses when not tolerant. Meperidine is unique in that its metabolite, normeperidine, can accumulate and cause neuroexcitation and seizures, especially in patients with kidney problems.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Death: Nausea, sedation, seizures and death.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the medicinal use of demerol (meperidine hydrochloride)?

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Dr. David Teicheira
Pain Management 36 years experience
Older pain med: People like demerol (meperidine hydrochloride). It's a fact. There's something about it that gives a better comfort to those suffering with pain. Unfortunately, there is a toxic byproduct that keeps us from using it for chronic pain. Most ers have switched to Dilaudid and /or toradol.

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