Meperidine is a narcotic analgesic medication that is prescribed for moderate to severe pain, most commonly chronic pain of patients suffering from muscle cramps, headaches, backaches and other types of chronic pain.
Narcotic analgesics belong to a group of pain medication that are similar to morphine in the way that it changes the way a body will sense pain, has similar side effects, is just as addictive and has similar withdrawal symptoms as well. Meperidine is also used in combination with other medications like acetaminophen and propoxyphene to form additional pain relief medications.
Meperidine comes in a tablet or liquid form, taken orally typically with the instructions to take it every 3-4 hours. However many individuals are abusing this drug and either taking larger doses, taking the recommended dose more often, or using it for a longer period of time than they need to. For this reason, it becomes highly addictive and causes the drug users to become dependent on it which only worsens the side effects and withdrawal symptoms.
Meperidine can be fatal if it's snorted or injected.
Meperidine Side Effects
Many of the adverse side effects of meperidine are similar to that of morphine and other narcotic analgesic medications. Some of the more common side effects include:
- Dizziness and Lightheadedness
- Muscle Weakness
- Mood Swings
- Agitation and Irritability
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Abdominal Pain and Cramping
- Dry Mouth
- Sweating and Chills
- Skin Flush
- Blurred Vision
Individuals that abuse this drug by taking a higher dose than was recommended or are taking it more frequently than recommended, they can experience more severe meperidine side effects such as shallow breathing, irregular heartbeats, tremors and shaking hands, muscle twitching, muscle stiffness, hallucinations, seizures, pounding heartbeat, difficulty urinating, fainting from extreme dizziness, skin rash and hives. These side effects can be life-threatening if medical attention is not received immediately 800-559-9503.
Meperidine overdose symptoms and side effects include slowed breathing, extreme tiredness, coma, loose muscles, cold and clammy skin, extremely slow heartbeat, nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, and fainting.