Demerol is a pain killer. It is a type of medication in the class of narcotic analgesics. This is a group of types of pain medicine that are similar to the drug morphine. This medication works by changing the bodies sensory to pain.
Demerol is a medicine used to treat moderate to severe pain it works by changing the way the body senses pain.
It was originally found to be useful for muscle spasms. It works by dulling the pain perception center in the brain.
Demerol's pain relieving properties are very different than that of other pain relieving medications such as morphine. Demerol works by acting on the central nervous system and causes the patient to feel high instead of feeling their pain. Some patients develop an addiction to this drug because of its euphoric effects. Demerol is a pain medication that has been around for many years. It was much more commonly used many years ago in hospital settings during surgical procedures. Demerol was used to enhance the effects of anesthesia. It is still routinely used with other medications as a sedative for patients undergoing procedures like colonoscopy or endoscopy. But these uses have been proven to have negative effects so doctors do not prescribe this drug as often as they used to. Demerol's pain relieving effect is short and it produces toxic metabolites in the body. Also Demerol is known to have many dangerous interactions with other medications patients may be on.
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Demerol is a medication that is not currently recommended for short term use to treat pain. This medication is also not recommended to treat long term or chronic pain either. It is not even used in a hospice setting or in palliative care. The only uses recommended for Demerol is if it is the last treatment option for very severe pain and it's only recommended to be used for a maximum of 48 hours. This medication should never be given to a patient with kidney or neurological disease.
Demerol comes in liquid or pill form. It is usually taken every 3 to 4 hours, with or without food, or as needed for severe pain. The doctors prescribing directions must be followed very carefully. In liquid form, it is syrup. Precise measurement using a measuring spoon specified for medical use should be used. The syrup must be mixed with a half of glass of water then ingested. If the Demerol syrup is swallowed undiluted it will numb the entire mouth. Most likely your doctor will adjust the strength of your medication during treatment. The pill form must be swallowed whole and never crushed and mixed with water or sprinkled on food. It is also very important that patients never attempt to snort or inject Demerol because of the serious side effects that may incur.
Many deaths have been reported in the misuse of Demerol.