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What does meperidine feel like?

What does meperidine feel like?

It is a narcotic: Like most narcotics, meperidine, aka demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) can be addicting. Side effects include constipation, nausea, euphoria and many others. If you are in severe pain, it can be very helpful on a short term basis. If not, avoid it. ...Read more

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Why are meperidine and promethizine prescribed together is it okay to only take meperidine?

Why are meperidine and promethizine prescribed together is it okay to only take meperidine?

Ancient wisdom: In medical school, we were taught to combine Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) and Promethazine because they provided better acute pain relief. There is nothing wrong with Meperidine (demerol) for short-term treatment, however metabolic products of this medicine causes damage in the long run. Keep in mind, this combination came at emergency rooms. Combining an opiate with a safe sedative gets people out of the er. ...Read more

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Meperidine - is it still used to stop migraines, or do people just use that nasal spray?

Meperidine - is it still used to stop migraines, or do people just use that nasal spray?

Usually no: If migraines don't respond to over the counter drugs, doctors try to use migraine specific medications such as triptans such as imitrex, maxalt, relpax, (eletriptan) zomig, etc or dhe and use narcotics or butalbital combinations as rescue medication or if patients have contraindications to the other medications. ...Read more

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What does meperidine feel like?

It is a narcotic: Like most narcotics, meperidine, aka demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) can be addicting. Side effects include constipation, nausea, euphoria and many others. If you are in severe pain, it can be very helpful on a short term basis. If not, avoid it. ...Read more

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Why are meperidine and promethizine prescribed together is it okay to only take meperidine?

Ancient wisdom: In medical school, we were taught to combine Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) and Promethazine because they provided better acute pain relief. There is nothing wrong with Meperidine (demerol) for short-term treatment, however metabolic products of this medicine causes damage in the long run. Keep in mind, this combination came at emergency rooms. Combining an opiate with a safe sedative gets people out of the er. ...Read more

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Is meperidine an addictive opiate to use?

Is meperidine an addictive opiate to use?

Yes: Meperidine, or demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) is a very addictive opiate. The opiate also forms a significant physiologic dependence in patients if used for extended periods. Addiction is a biopsychosocial disease with a genetic predisposition. Dependency is a physiologic dependence on a medication. Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) or Meperidine may cause both. ...Read more

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What is demerol (meperidine hydrochloride)?

What is demerol (meperidine hydrochloride)?

An opioid analgesic: demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) or meperidine is a opioid-based pain medication. Its action, risks and side effects are somehwat similar to morphine. It can be dangerous if used in combination of certain antidepressants (such as SSRIs or MAOs). UNlike other narcotics (opioids) it does not constrict pupils. It is often used to reduce shivering after anesthesia. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Meperidine allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Meperidine allergy?

Reactive rash +: Meperidine allergy is a classic allergic reaction. This typically involves rash and itching at multiple areas including the neck, trunk and limbs. Severe forms of allergy can involve the lungs with decreased airway exchange; this is an emergency. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more