Demerol Abuse and Treatment
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Demerol is the trade name (brand name) for Meperidine and is a man-made (synthetic) narcotic that's prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Demerol is similar to morphine, it changes activity in the brain that normally senses pain. Demerol is an opioid agonist that has been labeled as a Schedule II controlled substance. Pain pills are abused every day by millions of people and Demerol is one of them.
Like any other prescribed painkiller, Demerol should be used as directed by a physician and when doing so, it is safe and effective for the treatment of pain. When narcotic pain pills like Demerol are miss-used or abused the individual can suffer serious health effects.
Demerol Hydrochloride (Meperidine) is prescribed in pill form or as Demerol Hydrochloride Syrup form and is taken orally. As with most prescription pain relievers, Demerol has the potential for abuse and can be habit-forming. This means tolerance to Demerol can take place and dependency can occur. Miss-use of Demerol can result in dependency, overdose and death. Mixing narcotic pain pills like Demerol with alcohol or other drugs can potentially be fatal.
Abuse of Demerol
Today more than ever before prescription medications are miss-used or abused on a daily basis by many people. Many people abuse painkillers like Demerol for the effects they receive when taking them in high doses, mixing them with other drugs and substances or combining them with alcohol. Crushing Demerol and snorting this pain medication is one way users abuse this pain reliever. Some users dissolve pain medications like Demerol and inject it while others take large quantities to get high. Tolerance and addiction doesn't take long to occur as well as withdrawal symptoms when the user doesn't have any. Demerol overdose is always a serious risk to those that abuse or miss-use painkillers like Meperidine.
Withdrawal symptoms can occur if Demerol has been abused or used for an extended period of time. Stopping the use of Demerol suddenly can bring on very uncomfortable symptoms that need medical attention. Some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with Demerol addiction include:
- You may become restless, irritable or agitated
- Onset of watery eyes or stuffy nose
- Muscles become painful
- Anxiety or nervousness may occur
- Stomach pain
- Stomach upset
- Nausea and vomiting
- Decreased appetite
- Loose bowels or diarrhea
- Rate of breathing becomes faster
- Heartbeat is accelerated and faster
- Back pain
Overdose can occur if unintentional miss-use of Demerol occurs, if abusing Demerol in large doses, or if mixing or combining Demerol with other drugs and substances. The symptoms of Demerol overdose may include:
- Breathing slows down
- Overwhelming tiredness
- Loss of muscle tone
- Skin may become clammy and cold
- Heartbeat slows down
- Vision becomes blurry
- Lightheadedness and dizziness may occur
Substance Abuse Treatment for chronic dependency to Pain pills like Demerol is necessary in order for the user to reach a long-term recovery without the risk of relapse for most people. Sometimes detoxification is necessary depending on the extent of abuse and dependency. Behavioral Therapy helps the individual learn new ways of dealing with stress and problems that may occur during abstinence while working toward recovery. Family Therapy helps everyone heal from the disease of addiction, it's important for the client as well as the family unit to recover from the emotional pains of dependency.
References & Resources
- Medline Plus