Demerol, the brand name for meperidine, is in the class of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Demerol treats moderate to severe pain, but can cause a number of side effects. These may include physical and psychological dependence, overdose and withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use. Combining Demerol with alcohol can have severe, even fatal, consequences. Demerol can also affect thinking and reaction time so caution should be taken when driving, handling machinery or performing other tasks that require alertness. Patients should take Demerol exactly as prescribed to be safe and avoid complications. The drug’s label and packaging detail information on safe use, possible interactions, allergic reactions, overdose, dependence, withdrawal symptoms and side effects.
Some of the more common side effects of Demerol can include headache, mood changes, dry mouth, ringing in the ears, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and blurred vision. One of the most common symptoms typical of opiate use is constipation. It can be mild or more severe in nature if a blockage develops. Overdose is also a possibility for those who use the drug for legitimate reasons and those who abuse it. Symptoms of Demerol side effects can include extreme drowsiness, fainting, nausea, sweating, muscle weakness, pupil dilation, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), confusion, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, depressed heart rate, coma, blue lips and shallow breathing. Drowsiness can increase for patients who take it with alcohol, other narcotics, allergy medication, sleeping pills and other substances. Seek help immediately if you experience any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction: rash, wheezing, difficult breathing, closing of the throat, hives or swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat.
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For more than two decades, the Waismann Method of rapid detox has successfully treated Demerol addiction without opiate substitutes like Suboxone and Subutex. In the majority of our patients, addiction developed after legitimate pain prompted a prescription from a medical professional. Our program includes in-hospital medical procedures that are tailored to the needs of the patient. The quadruple board certified medical director treats each patient in the privacy of their own room. During rapid detox, we manage the accelerated withdrawal phase so effectively that patients can recover more quickly and thoroughly. Demerol addiction can be treated in a matter of a few days rather than 30 to 90 days. After the hospital, patients move into our Domus Retreat aftercare facility. Here, they can take advantage of therapeutic and holistic services such as nutritional support from a personal chef, acupuncture, yoga massage and individual therapy.
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