Demerol® is a powerful opioid painkiller that can cause severe side effects, such as addiction, overdose, or death.
What is Demerol?
Demerol® (meperidine) is a prescription painkiller for the treatment of severe pain, particularly in surgery patients. It belongs to a group of narcotic painkillers called opioids.
How Does Demerol Work?
Demerol produces a sense of euphoria and well-being, which increases a person’s tolerance to pain. It was once a popular medication for surgery patients, but because it is a short-acting drug, doctors more commonly prescribe long-acting drugs like Vicodin® or OxyContin®.
What is the Problem?
Taking too much Demerol can produce a feeling of euphoria, or a “high,” that can lead to patients taking more than prescribed. This can quickly lead to an accidental overdose or intentional drug-abuse. Like morphine and other opioids, Demerol is very addictive and dangerous.
Symptoms of a Demerol Overdose
- Slow or stopped breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive sleepiness
- Limp or weak muscles
- Narrowing or widening of the pupils (black spots in the eye)
- Cold, clammy skin
- Loss of consciousness